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Re: An "increase" is very different from statistics showing that so many cops

Posted 6/10/2012 at 11:25:41 AM

So the original post, "Cops are out of hand" was my personal opinion. I should probably make note of that from now on when I post something here. ;)

Haven't had a chance to go into my uni library (that will take a couple hours) but here is some info:

The Cato institute has a project called National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, which has data for 2009 and 2010:  http://www.policemisconduct.net

According to their stats, in 2009, 3445 incidences of police misconduct were reported. In 2010, 4861 were reported. That's an increase at the moment, but no data there for 2011 or before 09. I didn't have time to read the report to see if these were broken down into categories such as corruption or brutality, but I will see if any scholarly journal articles have such info. Eventually.

It would be interesting to see the increase since the occupy movement.

Here's a book published by the Cato institute on paramilitary police raids that buttresses my former statement about a police state: http://www.cato.org/publications/white-paper/overkill-rise-paramilitary-police-raids-america

And a random collection of tidbits: http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/192349.html

And a graphic:


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