I’m going to put on my northeastern, ethnic, my-uncle-fixes-my-traffic-tickets hat for a minute here and ask a question: are there a lot more ridiculous police brutality actions out west than here in the northeast? I don’t mean cops fucking with people like that asshole who ran Henry Louis Gates in, I mean pepper spraying people in the face, shooting people in the back on the BART, and so on.
My sister lives in Portland and wrote me last year:
According to the Oregonian, of the 29 murders in Portland last year, 4 were committed by police. I looked up those stats for NYC, and it was 8 out of 532. Is that not completely crazy? I feel like this should be national news. It’s outrageous.
I’ve always got the feeling that police culture was different on the west coast, more cowboy, less community connection (which bleeds into graft, I admit). Has anyone ever seen comprehensive stats about police misconduct by region?
Update. Here’a link for those stats.