[#12|+1094|464] TIL Police in the UK have shot dead 5 people in the last 4 years. In the US, this figure is 1600. [/r/todayilearned]

Let's see... how about we point out blatant misrepresentation of many of the "facts" being tossed around Reddit lately using good old fashioned statistics.

According to a 2007 US Bureau of Justice statistics report (which you can read here if you are so inclined http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/bvvc.pdf), blacks were the victim of 7,999 homicides in 2005, 93% of which were in cases where the murderer was the same race as the victim. If you do the math thats about 21 blacks killed per day by other blacks (where's the outrage?).

Conversely, 85% of white murder victims (of a total of 8,017) were also murdered by someone of their own skin color. I'm not even going to bother expounding on the fact that twice as many whites are killed by other races than blacks.

Race war? I don't think so.

Over the past decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement, resulting in 15,658 injuries to the officials.

From 2000 to 2008, the state prison population increased by 159,200 prisoners, and violent offenders accounted for 60% of this increase. The number of drug offenders in state prisons declined by 12,400 over this period.

This means that cops have been getting MORE violent criminals off the streets than ever before.

In 2014, 14,827 people have been killed by violent criminals, while less than 1,000 have been killed by police officers.

Cops are the biggest threat to innocent civilians? Not a chance.

Meanwhile...in the UK, according to a quick Google search, "Gun murders in Britain in 2011/12 represent 6% of the murder cases, (0.72 gun homicides per million population). The number of homicides recorded by the police in 2012/13 (552) reduced by only one incident compared with 2011/12 (553), homicide is at its lowest level since 1983 (when 550 were also recorded)."

Comparing the US police homicide rate to the UK police homicide rate is apples to oranges. Different parts of the world, different demands on law enforcement, different cultural and societal issues.

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