Just how dangerous is it to be a Police Officer? How dangerous are cops? Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks down how many people were killed by cops in 2015. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
"Despite public protests, occupations, direct action, and increased public scrutiny, U.S. police killed more people in 2015 than in 2014. While numbers vary from source to source — the Washington Post cites 975, while the Guardian puts the tally at 1,125 — the websitekilledbypolice.net found that police have killed 1,186 people in 2015 (the U.S. government currently does not track how many people are killed in police encounters.)
The data from killedbypolice.net show that white people are the largest group of killed by the police. But when taken together, the number of people of color killed by police — Latino, black, Asian, and indigenous people — surpasses the number of whites. As ThinkProgress noted last year, young black men are 21 times more likely to be killed by cops than young white men, according to a ProPublica analysis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also compiled data which show that people of color are most likely to be killed by cops overall.”*
Read more here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/12/28/3735190/killed-by-police-2015/