“Dividing the average of the number of people killed by police with the number of American citizens not in the military who were killed from terrorism, you get the 58, suggesting Americans are actually 58 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.”
Once the statistics were released showing that American citizens are eight times more likely to be killed by cops in their own nation than terrorists, increased attention turned to the problem of police misconduct in the United States.
But given recent FBI data from which a much higher figure can be extracted, that attention is likely to become even more critical. When calculated in total, it turns out that Americans are now 58 times more likely to be killed by US cops than terrorists.
As reported by Sputnik news, the data includes a figure of 545 people who were killed by local or state law enforcement officers that went uncounted in previous annual crime statistics. And that’s not even accounting for the majority of violent police encounters which more often than not go unreported.
The same research concludes that an average of 928 people were killed by police per year during the same period – though that number could be a low estimate, due to the fact that police do not often report their own misconduct.
Perhaps even more eery is that according to a US Department of State study, the number of Americans killed by terrorists in the same time period was 16.
Sputnik summarizes the simple math, saying, “Dividing the average of the number of people killed by police with the number of American citizens not in the military who were killed from terrorism, you get the number 58, suggesting Americans are actually 58 times more likely to be killed by a police offer than by a terrorist.”
This sobering find reminds us all to be vigilant of who and what system we put our trust in. At the end of the day, it’s best to know your truth, be aware of the happenings in the world, and prepare for the worst while simutaneously hoping for the best.
If you’re interested in gaining some broader perspective on how frequently cops in the United States are abusing and killing Americans, watch America’s Largest Street Gang (documentary) below: