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2015: The Year Police Killings in America Were Counted


2015: The Year Police Killings in America Were Counted

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

The Black Lives Matter movement that swept the country in 2015 has—among other accomplishments—forced global media outlets to afford victims of police killings the most basic acknowledgement: a public record of their names and deaths.

Such a grim tally was maintained this year by both the Guardian and the Washington Post, following the consistent failure of the U.S. government to keep adequate records.


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It is really dumb of our police departments not to have addressed this, now systemic, problem on their own hook long ago. Their inaction means they have been setting themselves up as revenge targets. Hopefully of the verbal variety only, but we all know that won't be so.


Not dumb--deliberate. They aren't worried about revenge--they've got those military-grade weapons, and they fully intend to use them, at the least provocation. In fact, IMO, they are just waiting for the revenge attacks, so they can kill more people. God, how I'd like to see some of these 'peace officers' spend a lifetime in prison being someone's 'bitch'.


While Black Lives Matter has certainly had some success in highlighting the problem of police violence, their approach has also been alienating and divisive. By focusing entirely on police killings of African Americans, they are missing the bigger picture of rampant police brutality and the culture of war and violence that enables it. Let's not forget that by the numbers, whites account for more police victims than blacks, so why not acknowledge that all lives matter and build a broad-based movement for change and accountability rather than narrowly defined identity politics?