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Exactly How Often Do Police Shoot Unarmed Black Men?

"Unfortunately, the patterns that we’ve been seeing recently are consistent: The police don’t show as much care when they are handling incidents that involve young black men and women, and so they do shoot and kill," says Jones-Brown, a former assistant prosecutor in Monmouth County, New Jersey. "And then for whatever reason, juries and prosecutor’s offices are much less likely to indict or convict."

Between 2003 and 2009, the DOJ reported that 4,813 people died while in the process of arrest or in the custody of law enforcement. These include people who died before an officer physically placed him or her under custody or arrest. This data, known as arrest-related deaths, doesn’t reveal a significant discrepancy between whites, blacks, or hispanics. It also doesn’t specify how many victims were unarmed. According to the FBI, which has tracked justifiable homicides up to 2012, 410 felons died at the hands of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.

But black people are more likely than whites or Hispanics to experience a police officer’s threat or use of force, according to the Department of Justice’s Police Public Contact Survey in 2008, the latest year for which data is available.

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halftheskymovement:

Lucy was 12 when she was raped and forced to have sex with numerous men in Rotherham, an English town of 257,000 people. When she finally found the courage to tell her mother, two police officers came to collect her soiled clothes as evidence, only to lose them days later. A check was mailed for loss of property and the case was closed.Lucy’s story is just one of many child abuse cases that have recently rocked Britain and shocked the world. At least 1,400 minors were sexually abused and trafficked from 1997 to 2013 while local authorities reportedly looked the other way, according to an official report on the sexual abuse of children in Rotherham. Despite numerous reports of rampant abuse and exploitation, only one case, involving three teenage girls, was prosecuted, and five men were sent to jail.Read more via The New York Times.

halftheskymovement:

Lucy was 12 when she was raped and forced to have sex with numerous men in Rotherham, an English town of 257,000 people. When she finally found the courage to tell her mother, two police officers came to collect her soiled clothes as evidence, only to lose them days later. A check was mailed for loss of property and the case was closed.

Lucy’s story is just one of many child abuse cases that have recently rocked Britain and shocked the world. At least 1,400 minors were sexually abused and trafficked from 1997 to 2013 while local authorities reportedly looked the other way, according to an official report on the sexual abuse of children in Rotherham. 

Despite numerous reports of rampant abuse and exploitation, only one case, involving three teenage girls, was prosecuted, and five men were sent to jail.

Read more via The New York Times.