American Police State: Cops Have Killed 1,000 People So Far This Year in U.S.

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Editor’s Note: Say what you want to about “justified use of force,” figures are nowhere NEAR this high in other developed countries.

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Monday night marked the passing of 1,000 people killed by police in the U.S. this year. Although officers claim these killings were justified, video evidence and witness statements often contradict the official narrative.

In contrast, 105 law enforcement officers have died since the beginning of the year. Last year, the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund reported 117 officer fatalities. Instead of waging a fictitious war on cops, officer fatalities have actually been declining since 2007 and 2001, which reported 192 and 241 deaths respectively.

According to KilledByPolice.net, police in the U.S. have killed at least 1,000 people this year and 1,108 people last year. Although The Guardian has only counted 960 deaths, it appears that the British newspaper is not quite up-to-date. But according to The Guardian’s preliminary investigation, approximately 1,100 people will die at the hands of police officers before the end of the year. And not all of them will be justified.

On the evening of August 26, three Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies allegedly beat a mentally ill man to death in a California jail. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder with a history of mental illness, Michael James Tyree, 31, was waiting to be transferred to a 24-hour adult treatment program when deputies Matthew Farris, Jereh Lubrin, and Rafael Rodriguez entered his cell and assaulted Tyree for roughly 20 minutes as he begged for mercy.

According to his autopsy, Tyree was beaten so savagely that he suffered lacerations to his liver and spleen, which led to internal bleeding. When Tyree’s body was found an hour later unresponsive, naked, and covered in vomit and feces, the deputies eventually admitted to using force to restrain him because Tyree had refused to take his medication. On September 3, the deputies were charged with murder, conspiracy, and assault under the color of authority.

On July 26, Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller ran towards 19-year-old Zachary Hammond’s car with his gun drawn as Hammond’s date, Tori Morton, allegedly sold a few grams of marijuana to an undercover cop. According to Chief John Covington, Hammond drove toward Lt. Tiller in an attempt to murder him. Fearing for his life, Tiller shot Hammond twice at point-blank range, killing him.

But according to Tiller’s recently released dashcam video, Hammond was clearly trying to escape when Tiller attempted to step in front of the moving vehicle. By foolishly placing himself in danger, Tiller created an exigent circumstance that allowed him to legally justify killing a teenager during a minor pot bust.

In a letter from Hammond’s attorney to the FBI, a witness has come forward describing officers planting evidence under Hammond’s body and high-fiving his dead hand after the shooting. Although police found no weapon or drugs on Hammond, Chief Covington claimed that a white powdery substance was found at the scene.

On July 19, University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing pulled over Samuel DuBose, 43, for driving without a front license plate. Although Tensing claimed that he was almost killed by DuBose’s fleeing vehicle, the officer’s body cam video revealed that Tensing was not dragged by DuBose’s car and instead immediately fell backward after shooting the suspect in the head. On July 29, Tensing was fired from the department and charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter.

While attending a rock concert in Southaven, Mississippi, Troy Goode, 30, allegedly took LSD before police arrested him for running in circles through a field on July 18. Video captured from a bystander showed Goode being hogtied with his face buried in the mattress of a stretcher and a strap over the back of his head to restrict movement. The officers ordered the witnesses to stop recording the incident and threatened to arrest Goode’s family if they attempted to visit him at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto where he died two hours later.

While riding in his horse-drawn buggy on July 8, Jonathan Sanders, 39, saw Stonewall police officer Kevin Herrington arguing with a man at a gas station and asked the officer to stop bothering the man. After directing a racial slur at Sanders, Herrington began following in his patrol car and turned on his police lights directly behind the buggy, which startled Sanders’ horse. As his horse took off running, Sanders fell off the buggy before attempting to chase after his horse.

Grabbing a headlamp tied around Sanders’ head, Herrington pulled the strap down to his neck and continued choking Sanders for twenty minutes. When Herrington finally released his chokehold, Sanders was unconscious with blood pouring out of his mouth. A preliminary autopsy report ruled his death a homicide by manual asphyxiation. With assistance from the FBI, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation began looking into his death.

On the morning of April 19, Freddie Gray, 25, passed away after Baltimore police officers allegedly damaged his spine, which had been 80 percent severed, during an arrest for possession of an ‘illegal knife.’ Baltimore police officers Caesar Goodson, Garrett Miller, Edward Nero, William Porter, Lt. Brian Rice, and Sgt. Alicia White were all charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. Accused of administering a “rough ride” while driving the van and bearing direct responsibility for causing Gray’s spinal injuries, Officer Goodson was also charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder, manslaughter, and two counts of vehicular manslaughter.

At 9:33 a.m. on April 4, North Charleston Patrolman Michael Slager pulled over Walter “Lamar” Scott, 50, for driving with a broken brake light. After Scott fled on foot, a bystander named Feidin Santana recorded a cellphone video of Slager shooting the unarmed man in the back. Three days later, Slager was fired and arrested for murder.

At 8:25 p.m. on February 28, Eaton County Sgt. Jonathan Frost pulled over 17-year-old Deven Guilford for flashing his high beams at the officer. Although two other drivers had flashed their high beams at Sgt. Frost earlier that night to warn him of his new vehicle’s extremely bright headlights, Frost confronted the teen and immediately became aggressive as Guilford attempted to flex his rights during the traffic stop. After Guilford began recording the encounter on his cellphone, Frost pulled out his Taser and ordered the teenager to lie facedown on the ground.

As Guilford complied, Frost grabbed his phone and threw it to the side of the road before attempting to handcuff Guilford. While lying on his stomach, Guilford continued to appeal to the sergeant until Frost shot him in the back with his Taser. According to Frost’s police report, the 17-year-old managed to knock the sergeant down and repeatedly punch him in the face. Instead of fighting back, Frost pulled out his service weapon and shot Guilford seven times in less than five seconds.

On February 10, Pasco police officers Adrian Alaniz, Ryan Flanagan, and Adam Wright shot Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, to death for throwing rocks. On September 9, Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant declined to file criminal charges against the officers.

Not included on the list are several people who died in police custody this year along with an unarmed man who nearly died after officers shot him in the head. On June 19, LAPD officers shot Walter DeLeon, 49, in the head for reportedly flagging them down with a towel in his hand. A witness recorded the cops handcuffing his body as blood poured from his head wound. After spending weeks in a coma, DeLeon awoke blind, nearly deaf, deformed, and confined to a wheelchair due to neurological damage.

Although they died in police custody, not enough evidence exists to determine whether Ralkina Jones, 37, Kindra Chapman, 18, Rexdale Henry, 53, Sandra Bland, 28, or Sarah Lee Circle Bear, 24, were killed by police. Their deaths were ruled as suicides, overdoses, or remain medically inconclusive.

On Monday night, KilledByPolice.net reported that cops have killed at least 1,000 people since the beginning of the year. In typical fashion, the police have initially refused to release the name of the 1,000th person killed by cops this year or any details of the shooting. According to D.C. police, a carjacking suspect died at a local hospital after engaging in a shootout with officers. But without transparency or video evidence, we may never know what actually occurs behind the thin blue line.

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  • NonYo Business

    The number is only this high because “the People” do not stand up… they are too busy kneeling like slaves.

    • Reverend Draco

      Just another day in the War on by Cops.

  • gato felix

    Does anybody know if the P.D.’s of Amerika have a quota for kills, you know, how it’s said they have quotas to meet for citations issued!

    • http://www.dontflyoverwater.com FarleyLives!

      I’ve heard they make profits off of ‘their’ chattel property , even when killed

  • leroy jenkins

    How are you going to compare the United States, a country with a population of 315 million, to countries that have populations smaller than that of NYC? Absolutely retarded

    • ISparta ChrisI

      Yes you are.

    • freedom74

      The statistics are per capita, which means that statistically they take sample size into consideration. You might want to spend some more time in school, pig, because you seem to be about as well educated as the typical LEO.

      • leroy jenkins

        i’m not a cop you cum guzzler. where does it say in this article that the statistics are “per capita”. regardless it is still an empty comparison considering the demographics of the United States are drastically different than a country like Sweeden or Denmark that is 90% white

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  • Douglas Daniels

    Be wary of any police encounter, where even the simple act of “showing your hands” will probably get you shot.

    • http://www.dontflyoverwater.com FarleyLives!

      EXACTLY !! Serve and Protect the IMF. Shin removers should be a Christmas gift for anyone who wishes to have a chance against being murdered by oinkers

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  • Smarty

    This number will probably reach 1,004 by morning….

  • http://www.dontflyoverwater.com FarleyLives!
  • http://www.dontflyoverwater.com FarleyLives!

    another goodie: Surgeon awarded $33 million in damages for permanent nerve damage to hand, resulting in inability to perform surgery unassisted, following tight handcuffing when detained by Los Angeles police who mistakenly believed that the rental car he was driving was stolen. Police department responsible for $14.2 million of award, with rental car firm which placed license plates on car which were reported stolen to pay $18.8 million.Gousse v. City of Los Angeles, No. BC252804, Superior Court of Los Angeles County, filed June 21, 2001, jury award, November 19, 2003.

  • Anothereno

    OBEY! CONSUME! WATCH TV! or we’ll kill you….

  • Guillotine_ready

    There is warfare being waged against the people, it has been going on for a long time. Sometimes people are tricked into being used as pawns to kill others and risking their own lives in the process, it is a way to cull the population and curb unrest.
    There is also a class war that is openly admitted by those who won banks and politicians who have just become another tool in the box of the rich http://www.mediaite.com/tv/warren-buffett-on-class-warfare-if-this-is-a-war-my-side-has-the-nuclear-bomb/.
    But if the people would wake up to the fact that his is a war maybe they would stop losing. We are only losing because we are not fighting.

  • Bobby English

    WAR ON BLACKS BY BLACKS

    From 1980 through 2008, 93 percent of black victims were killed by blacks.

    The national tally of black males 14 and older murdered in America
    from 1976 through 2005, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics: 214,661.

    Add to the tally of black males 14 and older slain across the country from 1976 to 2005, another 29,335 (slain from 2006 to 2010), and their national body count rises to 243,996, representing 82
    percent of all black homicides for that 35-year period. What also becomes clear is this: We too often have raised killers. And this war is claiming our sons.

    But that’s still not the end of the story.
    Add to that number 51,892 black females ages 14 and older, plus five whose gender was not identifiable, and the total, not counting children, is 295,893 — more than the combined U.S. losses of World War I, the Vietnam, Korean and Mexican-American wars, the War of 1812 and the American Revolutionary War.

  • Barn Cat

    It’s a stupid article. You have to look at every death and see which ones are justified. There are 45 million blacks in this country. I’m sure there account for a disproportionate share of shooting deaths by police because they commit crimes at 7 times the rates of white people.

  • Barn Cat

    I’m just waiting for someone to blame the Jews. There are a lot of ignorant and hateful people here.

  • Barn Cat

    I guess having critical thinking skills is too much to ask for the writers of the articles here. As well as the people who read them.