This year may be nearly the safest ever for police

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Some police officers, politicians and journalists perceive a “war” on the police, but 2015 is shaping up to be one of the safest years on record for American police officers.

Nor is the decline in shootings of police due to recent police militarization.  The decline started long before, and is part of an overall decline in violent and gun-related crime in the USA.

Police of course have a necessary and sometimes tough job.  Any killing is a tragedy and no killing should be shrugged off.  But they also should be accountable, like other public servants.  There is no basis to discredit recent protests against abuse of police power by an imaginary “Ferguson effect” or “war on police”.

LINKS

Overkill: Militarizing America by Daniel Bier for The Freeman.

No, Police Defenders, There Is No ‘War on Cops’ by Nick Gillespie for The Daily Beast.

2015 may be one of the safest years for law enforcement in a quarter century by Jamiles Lartey for The Guardian.

Is there really a ‘war on cops’?  The data show that 2015 will likely be one of the safest years on record for police by Mark J. Perry for the American Enterprise Institute.  (Hat tip to naked capitalism)

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