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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Friday, June 5, 2015

The US government could count those killed by police, but it's chosen not to

For
centuries, black communities in America have faced physical abuse and
unjustified deadly force at the hands of law enforcement. Modern policing even originated in slave patrols and night watches that captured people who tried to escape slavery. According to the most recent FBI data,
local police kill black people at nearly the same rate as people
lynched in the Jim Crow-era – at least two times a week. The Guardian’s
latest count for the first five months of 2015 puts that number at around once per day.
But the verifiable impact on black lives of racially discriminatory
policing remains largely unknown. Despite federal law authorizing the US
attorney general to collect nationwide data on police use of force,
there remains no federal database on how often police kill civilians,
let alone abuse their authority.


According to Guardian’s The Counted,
police killed 464 people in the first 5 months of 2015, including 135
black people. Their data shows that, in 2015 so far, the black people
killed by the police are twice as likely to be unarmed as the white
people. According to a recent Washington Post analysis,
at this rate, police will fatally shoot nearly 1,000 people by the end
of year. The federal government has no way to confirm or disprove this
data, though they’ve long had the authority to compile it themselves.


In 1994, the US Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law
Enforcement Act, which authorized the attorney general to collect and
publish nationwide data on police use of force. In 2000, Congress passed
the Death in Custody Reporting Act, which required states to report any
individual who dies in police custody, but lacked proper enforcement
and expired in 2006. In December 2014, a new version of the latter act
passed again, requiring the attorney general to eliminate federal
funding for police departments that fail to comply.  | The Guardian

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