Over four times more people were killed by police officers between 2001-2011 than those killed in criminal executions, and the gap appears to be growing. This is what Sean McElwee found using data culled from both the CDC and the Death Penalty Information Center, represented by the graph below.
The fact that we, as a country, execute between 50-100 people a year is abhorrent. That police officers every year kill over four times that amount while on the job?
That's terrifying, particularly as police forces continue to accumulate military-grade weapons and increasingly behave as though they are patrolling Fallujah, not American streets.
David Harris-Gershon is author of the memoir What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?, recently published by Oneworld Publications.