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SA police 'twice as lethal' as US police

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 Malevolent    2,905

When one tries to put the American statistics into context it will always be difficult.  America has a vast population and included in this population is already some serious multi-cultural areas.  There are also (like in other parts of the world just bigger) some concentrated areas where gangs and drugs will inevitably increase the likelihood of retaliation resulting in a perp or two dying as a result.  MSM will almost always distort, manipulate or massage the facts in order to put as much sensationalism spin on the reporting as is possible.  Their agenda(s) for doing this is not always clear and one can but speculate about the actual "reasons" behind the falsified facts and other innuendos used.

The method however is almost identical in most Western countries where there still is "media freedom" - 



In a feature titled The Counted, The Guardian is keeping track of the number of people killed by police action in the United States. “US police kill more in days than other countries do in years,” says The Guardian. We wondered how the police in South Africa compare.

The Guardian report contains alarming statistics, for example:

In the first 24 days of 2015, US police shot dead 59 people. Yet in the last 24 years, UK and Wales police have shot dead 54 people.

Only one person has ever been killed in Iceland — population 324,000 — since it became a republic 71 years ago. Three people have been killed in Stockton California — population 300,000 — this year.

There were 97 fatal shootings by US police in March 2015, compared to 94 by Australian police from 1992 to 2011.

The article leaves readers in no doubt about the deadliness of the US police force. How does South Africa compare? Our police force is more lethal by far. <<SNIP>>



South Africa is also a more dangerous place to be a cop, with 77 officers killed in the line of duty in 2013, compared to 107 in the US. Corrected for population, South African cops are six times more likely to die while doing their work.

Interestingly in 2013 there were a lot fewer officer deaths in the US in 2012 or 2014, but this doesn’t materially change things: being a cop in the US is substantially safer than being one in South Africa.



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