Anna Kooiman, host of “Fox & Friends”, wants to know why it is no one riots when police are shot.
The Fox show talks about a recent incident, in which a New York City officer was shot multiple times in the head while sitting in an unmarked vehicle. Kooiman states:
“Well, you wonder where the outrage is. You see everything that’s going on in Baltimore with the unrest, the riots, the arsonists, the looting. And you don’t wish that upon any community, and certainly none of us are advocating that when a police officer is murdered, but I mean, nobody, where is the outrage?”
As those with Opposing Views point out, Kooiman failed to mention that police are allowed to use deadly force to protect innocent lives, and there is no indication yet that Freddie Gray posed any potential danger to anyone before his police-related death.
“And, by the way, for context, five NYPD officers right here in this city, shot in the past five months,” co-host Ed Henry stated in the segment.
Again, Fox fails to look at how many people are killed by police. Statistics are hard to come by, and many of them vary. It has been reported that the FBI is now trying to collect better data on police killings (though they don’t appear to be trying very hard), but even with the varied stats, the number of police-related deaths felt by society is much higher than the number of police killed by civilians.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics, released a report that found that more than a quarter of killings by police are not included in either of two federal databases. The actual number of police killings, according to the report, is more likely around 930 a year. This number is double the amount recorded and released in the two other U.S. government counts.
Meanwhile, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 127 officers were killed in 2014. The list includes death by:
9/11 related illness: 1
Automobile accident: 26
Duty related illness: 3
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 19
Motorcycle accident: 4
Struck by vehicle: 5
Vehicle pursuit: 5
Vehicular assault: 10
The Daily Kos, has reported that police in Pasco, Washington, have killed more people in six month than officers in the U.K. and Germany combined.
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