Total Number of People Fatally Shot by British Police in Last 3 Years: 2
Average Number of People Fatally Shot by U.S. Police Per Day So Far in 2015: 2.6
Of all the alarming statistics, stories, and, increasingly, videos that indicate a rising tide of police brutality – or, as the government more euphemistically terms it, “excessive force” – the above numbers should be the most concerning for every citizen of the United States. Not simply because of the astronomical disproportion at hand, but because of the object of that disproportion. To whom do we compare with so unfavorably?
That’s right. The very tyrannical entity from which we originally escaped, then rebelled. We’ve become our own worst nightmare.
Why did we rebel? State overreach that included an invasive, aggressive, and overly hostile standing militia – then the equivalent a police force.