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  •  How Can he still be Employed? (5+ / 0-)

    For one police officer to have killed three different people - especially in such a short span of time is mind boggling and should give anybody pause.

    There are about 700,000 full time police officers in the US and around 200 people each year are shot and killed by police. Most police officers will only draw their gun a couple of times during their entire career (this depends greatly on where they work) and less then 5% will ever fire their gun.

    Now how in the hell did one guy manage to kill a person a year three years running? With that kind of record he should not be employed as a police officer.

    •  Wow. (4+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, Tonedevil, kyril, elwior
      around 200 people each year are shot and killed by police.
      I would have guessed a lot more, like 1000-2000.

      Do you have a link for this stat?  (Not questioning it, just want to use it for reference)

      •  It is hard to find stats (5+ / 0-)
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        KenBee, Tonedevil, jpmassar, kyril, elwior

        I found several references to an FBI report for 2006 that said about 200 shot and killed, but haven't found the actually report yet. I also found this article that said 350 killed by police in a typical year but includes people killed in car accidents while being pursued by police. FBI.Gov has a lot of information on police shootings.

        I think the perception is that there are a lot of shootings is because they are always big news locally and quite often make national news.  Also most of the shootings are concentrated in a handful of large metropolitan areas so the story often gives the sense this happens a lot, because sadly it does happen a lot in that city.

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