With all the Back the Blue and Police lives matter gaining steam in our Country, let’s look at the real numbers. Statistics show that Law Enforcement Officer deaths by homicide are at all time lows, and in fact killings of people at the hands of police are at their highest rates ever. Then we have a numerous amount of Departments that do not even report on these incidents. In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was created for the Attorney General to acquire data about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers. The National Association of Police Chiefs were asked to gather information for this as well, but the reporting stopped being compiled in 2001 due to a “convenient” lack of federal funding.
So on to the F.B.I., their statistics are incomplete and inconsistent, for example, from 2005-2012 it shows that 3,155 people have been slain by police in that time frame. During those years no departments from Florida even reported at all, only 2 cities from Illinois and 3 from New York turned in their statistics. Some large cities who occasionally reported came up with no justified homicides for the years that they participated. These were San Francisco,
Boston, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Charlotte, Des Moines, Omaha, Raleigh and El Paso. This non-compliance only instills the fact that there are for sure way more casualties than are reported.
Jim Bueermann, President of The Nonpartisan Police Foundation says, “The lack of real data is the real problem, it leaves a tremendous void in the evidence that surrounds this public discussion of police use of force” “And in this void people fill in themselves with their own narratives and personal experiences.” Since May 1st, 2013 the website killedbypolice.net have worked tirelessly to compile proof-backed accounts of every person they find murdered by Law Enforcement Officers by having the links available for every single death. Between May-December 2013 the site showed 748 and 1,029 in 2014, up 30% from 2013 with the F.B.I. statistics from 2013 only revealing only 461. The inadequacy of the F.B.I.’s reporting is truly evident.
Now back to the other side, Earlier this year Craig Floyd Chairman and CEO of The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund came out with these statements, “With the increasing number of ambush-style attacks against our officers, I am deeply concerned that an anti-government sentiment in America is influencing weak-minded individuals to launch violent assaults against our men and women working to enforce our laws and keep our Nation safe.” Then he spouted, “Enough is Enough! We need to tone down the rhetoric and rally in support of Law Enforcement and against lawlessness.
Last year there were 127 Police Fatalities with 50 by homicide, the other 76 by accident. Compared to over 1000 people killed by cops last year. The Law Enforcement occupation is not even in the top 10 dangerous professions. Those go to the Fishing, Logging, Aviation, Sanitation, Roofing, Iron & Steel, Construction, Agriculture, Trucking, and Mining Industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Law Enforcement Officers account for 2% of the total occupational deaths with 31% of those by homicide. Now back to the Nat’l Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Established in 1984 by U.S. Representative Mario Biaggi (D) New York, a previous NYC police legend who appointed Craig Floyd as head of the Fund. Digging deeper, I discovered that Floyd was Biaggi’s legal assistant from 1978-until his expulsion and then resignation in 1988. Biaggi was expelled from Congress by the House Ethics Committee, after being convicted of over 15 counts of Obstruction of Justice, accepting bribes and illegal gratuities. He was sentenced a total of 10 and a half years in prison and issued a 500,000 fine. He was ordered to be released in 1991 due to poor health including broken bones, heart and arthritis problems. That sounds like a fund that maybe isn’t all that it was meant to be but a tax-exempt money stream. So is the uptick in Pro Police sentiment a way to keep these and other money gathering funds from not losing the flow of heart warming money that keeps them an active deposit box for some of the mislead donors. What about the people? What about the most dangerous professions that put food on the table and generate materials for our everyday lives? Their lives matter too.
By Andre’ Esparza – DontComply.com
A Pro Liberty, Pro Freedom, Human Rights Activist, very involved in a wide variety of Activism and Exposing the Truth at all costs.
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There is an ongoing campaign, I believe, to hire the more psychopathic personalities to law enforcement in order to either further subjugate the public or to erode people’s beliefs in government. But hey the history of governments have already done a fine job with that. It is just that now we each have more access to information substantiating this position. What to do, what to do???
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