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Where the towels are oh so fluffy ([personal profile] erinptah) wrote2017-05-22 02:05 pm

Exotic non-shooting ways the police might kill you in America

People killed by police, 2017. Currently at 460.

This one's not a shooting, it's a hit-and-run: "The evidence was overwhelming. The [white] driver's identity was known. Her extensive criminal history was known. A witness was actually in the car when the crash happened. But this is America." Justice for Quason Turner.

Shannon Hurd was sentenced to life without parole for stealing $14. Ten years later he was diagnosed with kidney cancer, though the prison had ignored his symptoms and complaints for so long that they didn't catch it until the tumors had spread to his brain.

Women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40% of police-officer families, way higher than the overall US rate of 25%. (Appears to only deal with the rate of male cops abusing their female wives/girlfriends, no stats for non-male police and/or their non-male partners.)

"Ms Grice was then charged with “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report” because she failed to disclose that Lane was her on-off boyfriend, and was issued with a fixed-penalty notice." That was February 2016. In August, the boyfriend murdered her.

No charges for the prison officers who scalded Darren Rainey to death. Apparently in Florida it's a totally understandable accident for a responsible employee to "accidentally" boil a human being alive.

"In addition to attempted manslaughter in the third degree, North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda was also charged with culpable negligence, a first-degree misdemeanor, for the shooting of behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey in July." At least someone's getting charged for something.
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[personal profile] laraflame 2017-05-24 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow. Okay, this was actually quite terrifying. I just had a nice conversation with my mum about the differences between the US and our very slow-paced european life. And about sensible gun-control. Since I got her hooked to Prison Break her drastic views about death penalty started to change too, cheers to that.
Our cultures and customs are so different it's mind-blowing.
Well, I need some Leslie Nielsen or Louis des Funés or Bud Spencer. Like, right now.