A whopping 54,500 people were killed or hospitalized by cops in a single year compared to approximately 14,000 deaths caused by overdosing on heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine combined. Judging from this astounding comparison one can determine it is much safer to snort coke, inject smack, and smoke crystal than it is to be searched or arrested by an American cop.
A new study published in a British Medical Journal specified, in 2012, U.S. police killed or seriously injured 54,500 people during arrest or search situations. The international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals cites,
"On average, an estimated 1 in 291 stops/arrests resulted in hospital-treated injury or death of a suspect or bystander."
TheFreeThoughtProject.com, a popular police accountability website and friend of NeverGetBusted, quoted Dr. Miller who was the leading author of the paper. Dr. Miller stated,
“In one in eleven cases where someone died because someone else intentionally shot them, a police officer pulled the trigger.”
CNN reports that Dr. Miller was "surprised to find that on a typical day, about three people die and 150 are injured during incidents involving police nationwide."
These unbelievable and conscience-shocking figures continue. killedbypolice.net keeps a "death by cop" counter on their front-page that reports cops kill an American citizen every 7 hours. In 2015 cops killed 1307 Americans and have already shot down or choked to death 868 humans in the first ten months of 2016.
The mortality rate for certain combined drug overdoses are approximated at only 13,200 in the same year. In comparison, this number is minuscule when set side by side to the number of cops killing and seriously injuring civilians.
Graphs published by the National Center For Health Statistics, CDC Wonder, show in 2012, approximately 4,500 persons overdosed to death from cocaine and 6,000 perished from heroin. In 2013 and coming in last place, only 2,700 persons fatally overdosed on methamphetamine.
One is unable to determine the number of meth deaths in 2012 because the CDC did not report these incidences prior to 2013.
One famous philosophy insists citizens can police themselves better than uniformed government agents. This growing portion of the population rationalizes the Drug War must end and police must stop patrolling in search of citizens to arrest. Instead, the bad boys should act like nice fireman and remain in their offices.
When a crime is committed against persons or property, cops can be called who arrive at the crime scene as detectives. These true servants can then gather evidence and hopefully capture the perpetrators. This philosophy is not hard to accept considering police catch less than one percent of violent crimes in progress.
One can't be certain what scale is used when considering if a country is officially a police state or not. We do know "The Land of the Free" numerically and proportionately holds the all time world record for the number of citizens it incarcerates. Since there are no other countries in the world boasting this type of police violence, one can logically classify the United States as a nation ruled, commanded and dominated by law enforcement.
Since it's been established that using narcotics is safer than using cops, we should all seriously ponder the question asked during the opener of the cable T.V. reality show that features cops as heroes, "Watcha gonna do when they come for you?"