Yes, they are out of control:
In the past five years, more Utahns have been killed by police than by gang members.
Or drug dealers. Or from child abuse.
And so far this year, deadly force by police has claimed more lives — 13, including a Saturday shooting in South Jordan — than has violence between spouses and dating partners.
As the tally of fatal police shootings rises, law enforcement watchdogs say it is time to treat deadly force as a potentially serious public safety problem.
“The numbers reflect that there could be an issue, and it’s going to take a deeper understanding of these shootings,” said Chris Gebhardt, a former police lieutenant and sergeant who served in Washington, D.C., and in Utah, including six years on SWAT teams and several training duties. “It definitely can’t be written off as citizen groups being upset with law enforcement.”
Through October, 45 people had been killed by law enforcement officers in Utah since 2010, accounting for 15 percent of all homicides during that period.
How about that douchecanoe giving up the game- cops don’t look at the general population as “us” anymore, they are “them.” It’s the same kind of mentality that allows people to be dehumanized, so the “enemy” isn’t a person, it’s a gook, or a kraut, or a nip, and you don’t have to think about what you are doing because you are in the right no matter what. It’s so internalized that while struggling to show some concern for the fact that 15% of fatalities in Utah are from cops shooting people, he points out what we all know- they dismiss their critics and the watchdog groups. Why? Because they can. No politician is going to stand up to these guys, and rush for their endorsement.
Add to that the military grade weaponry, the demagoguery of the war on drugs and the fact that the Supreme Court has basically given law enforcement carte blanche when it comes to civil rights, and it is no surprise that there is blood in the streets in the town of New Haven or that civil forfeiture is out of control or that people locked up in jail for decades for nonviolent offenses. It’s no surprise that the first thing we see in everyone of the videos of police wrongdoing is a cop beating the hell out of or shooting some cowering civilian all while screaming “STOP RESISTING! STOP RESISTING!”
Our current situation would make the STASI blush. Or jealous.
BTW- anyone have a figure on how much the state of Utah spends annually on gang violence?