While listening to radio program Press Watch this morning (Thursdays 9am KBOO 90.7fm), host 'Theresa' cited an article by British media service The Guardian on the number of American citizens murdered by cops this year. A visit to that article titled 'The Counted' will show a running tally of 751 people murdered by cops (at the time this entry was published). That is for 2016 alone, with four more months to go. The KBP site has that death toll at 806, as of September 8th 2016. On KBP's representative Facebook page, you will see the claim that at least 3,897 people have been killed by American cops since May 1st 2013 - the day the crowd-funded data base was founded.
A slight disparity between The Guardian's numbers and the US-based KBP. The fact is, The Guardian - a British news outlet - keeps a far better data base on Americans killed by cops than the American govt. does!
You see, this sort of thing ought to be shocking. The American empire is up everybody's ass with deep-state surveillance, wire taps, meta-data mining, electronic dragnets, facial recognition implanted in every camera, and every camera installed in every electronic and mobile device starring right back at YOU. But... the govt. can't tell you how many of its own citizens are gunned down by rampaging cops... OUTRAGEOUS! It is outrageous that a crowd-sourced data base and a foreign news outlet keeps track of these numbers, but the US govt. does not. Despite the fact that in the *horrendous Crime Bill of 1994, Congress mandated that the US Attorney General collect data from the use of excessive force by police departments nation-wide, and publish annual reports based on that data. This was never done, however, because state and local governments refused to volunteer such info. and the federal govt. never compelled them to do so. Uncle Sam did decide to wholesale much of its military surplus to despotic police regimes - from major cities to the smallest villages, every police regime got its own BearCat YAY!