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From the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

Preliminary 2016 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report

Law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose to their highest level in five years in 2016, with 135 officers killed in the line of duty, according to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

The 135 officer fatalities in 2016 is a 10 percent increase over the 123 who died in the line of duty last year and is the highest total since 2011, when 177 officers made the ultimate sacrifice.

Firearms-related incidents were the number one cause of death in 2016, with 64 officers shot and killed across the country. This represents a significant spike—56 percent—over the 41 officers killed by gunfire in 2015.

Of the 64 shooting deaths of officers this year, 21 were the result of ambush style attacks—the highest total in more than two decades. Eight multiple shooting death incidents claimed the lives of 20 officers in 2016, tied with 1971 for the highest total of any year since 1932.

It’s almost as if Obama made it so that his last year in office resembled his mentor Bill Ayers’ heyday.

Those incidents included five officers killed in ambush attacks in Dallas (TX) and three in Baton Rouge (LA), spanning 10 days in July.

Those terrorist attacks, and several other shootings by blacks of whites, had immediately followed Obama’s social media driven denunciation of America’s racist system of justice. From the New York Times on July 8, 2016:

As Air Force One headed for Europe on Thursday afternoon, President Obama holed up in the plane’s office editing a Facebook post meant to express his anguish at two deadly shootings by police officers. Given what had happened, he told his aides, he didn’t think it was enough. …

In that time, Mr. Obama delivered a trans-Atlantic call for racial justice after the gruesome deaths of two black men at the hands of the police, only to face the same television cameras hours later to denounce the killings of five officers by a black sniper.

… As someone who knows well the persuasive power of speech, Mr. Obama has sought to use the authority of his office to amplify and support the emerging Black Lives Matter movement while striving not to become an unwitting megaphone for anti-police sentiment that has at times fueled violent protests and police shootings.

… Four hours into the flight to his first stop, Warsaw, the president stopped his press secretary, Josh Earnest, in a plane corridor.

He had decided to make a statement himself as soon as they landed, and had told his aides to collect statistics demonstrating racial bias in the criminal justice system.

In other news, from Business Insider:

Barack and Michelle Obama are getting a record-setting book deal worth at least $60 million

How much of the Obamas’ upcoming $60 mil payoff from corporate media for upholding the interests of the ruling class for eight years should go to the survivors of the eight police officers murdered in response to Obama’s tendentious misuse of statistics to support his racial prejudice to stoke racial hatred toward whites among blacks?

Any plaintiff’s attorneys out there?

 
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  1. What’s the ratio of police officers killed to civilians killed by police officers in other countries?

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    German police kill 3x as often as they are killed. American police about 20x.
    , @Almost Missouri
    I tried to work this out once and found that reliable, comparable numbers were surprisingly difficult to get. Also, to answer the question I think you are getting at, one would really want a three-corner analysis for each country/jurisdiction:

    1) the rate of police killings of civilians,
    2) the rate of civilians killings of police, and
    3) the rate of civilians killing each other.

    In other words, it's not really fair to say that, for example, Chicago Police aren't as gentle as Vermont police, when the Chicago police have to work in a far more violent and dangerous environment than Vermont police do. Generally, more pacific societies will have more pacific police, so just comparing killings by officers doesn't really tell you much about the police per se. As you imply, the real question is how the police killings stack up against the endemic violence of their work environment and the direct threats to themselves from the population they serve.
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  2. The epidemic of assassinations of police officers unleashed by BLM has returned us to the urban Taxi Driver/Death Wish/Dirty HArry days of…..2011?

    “The 135 officer fatalities in 2016 is a 10 percent increase over the 123 who died in the line of duty last year and is the highest total since 2011, when 177 officers made the ultimate sacrifice.”

    Maybe we step back and think about what is signal and what is noise in a low number.

    The Ferguson Effect crime-spikes in certain cities is very statistically plausible. There have been a handful of police ambushes, many of which can fairly be tied to BLM rhetoric. But let’s not let OUR rhetoric wildly outpace our data.

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    • Replies: @Carbon blob
    It is true that fatalities of all sorts are still way down from the 1970s. All it took was remarkable advances in medicine and mass surveillance.
    , @Almost Missouri

    "think about what is signal and what is noise"
     
    The NLEOMF report doesn't make this easy. In most years, most of the fatalities are traffic-related and not intentional, so it's a major confounding factor with intentional homicides of officers. Possibly the firearms deaths of officers are even more dire that than the aggregated numbers look, because there were enough of them to get out above the traffic-death noise. But without the underlying data, it is impossible to say.
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  3. A clear case of reaping what they have sown. Until we end the war by cops upon the American people I don’t care how many cops catch bullets.

    Oh boo hoo, cops were killed by ambush. How many citizens were killed by cops kicking in their doors at 4 am?

    One Eugene Craig was worth 1000 cops.

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  4. J1234 says:

    Somewhat off topic, but somewhat relevant, too: US News and World Report rates Massachusetts as the “best state” to live in with their usual “best of” shtick in their latest list. Part of Mass.’ top ranking is due to being ranked #7 in the “crime and corrections” category. Huh…what?

    I don’t know what the rate of violent crime of Mass. was in 2016, but in 2014 it was higher than 35 other states, and I doubt it’s changed much in two years. It’s violent crime rate certainly isn’t lower than New Hampshire, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa and Utah – other top ranked states that it beat out in the “crime and corrections” category.

    Oh, but wait….it was the “corrections” part of the category that made all the difference. According to USN&WR, “fairness” in the judicial and criminal justice system was part of the consideration, as was lack of “racial bias.” So my mistake for not realizing that the list of “best states to live in” was also taking into account criteria for criminals and convicts. I mean, they need to find the best place to live, too, right?

    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings

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  5. @Guy de Champlagne
    What's the ratio of police officers killed to civilians killed by police officers in other countries?

    German police kill 3x as often as they are killed. American police about 20x.

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    So American police are better shots?
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  6. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    $60 million is obscene. How can it be justified? Has any book ever made even close to $60 million?

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Lots of books make that much money. Political memoirs? Not so many. According to this, Bill Clinton's memoir sold 2.5 million copies (all hardback?) making him $30 million. It is not plausible that both Barack and Michelle's will sell that well, to add up to the $60 million advance, but it is plausible (but risky) that they will sell well enough to make the publisher a profit, effectively giving the authors a better rate than $12/hardback. But do we even know what the deal is? Maybe it is for a series of books. That would make more sense.
    , @Old fogey
    "$60 million is obscene. How can it be justified?"

    I guess Bill Ayers charges more nowadays.
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  7. @Discordiax
    The epidemic of assassinations of police officers unleashed by BLM has returned us to the urban Taxi Driver/Death Wish/Dirty HArry days of.....2011?

    "The 135 officer fatalities in 2016 is a 10 percent increase over the 123 who died in the line of duty last year and is the highest total since 2011, when 177 officers made the ultimate sacrifice."

    Maybe we step back and think about what is signal and what is noise in a low number.

    The Ferguson Effect crime-spikes in certain cities is very statistically plausible. There have been a handful of police ambushes, many of which can fairly be tied to BLM rhetoric. But let's not let OUR rhetoric wildly outpace our data.

    It is true that fatalities of all sorts are still way down from the 1970s. All it took was remarkable advances in medicine and mass surveillance.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Plus giant increases in imprisonment, plus enormous expenditures on target hardening to make property crime, such as auto theft, not pay, plus depopulation of some urban areas, plus ...
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  8. @Guy de Champlagne
    What's the ratio of police officers killed to civilians killed by police officers in other countries?

    I tried to work this out once and found that reliable, comparable numbers were surprisingly difficult to get. Also, to answer the question I think you are getting at, one would really want a three-corner analysis for each country/jurisdiction:

    1) the rate of police killings of civilians,
    2) the rate of civilians killings of police, and
    3) the rate of civilians killing each other.

    In other words, it’s not really fair to say that, for example, Chicago Police aren’t as gentle as Vermont police, when the Chicago police have to work in a far more violent and dangerous environment than Vermont police do. Generally, more pacific societies will have more pacific police, so just comparing killings by officers doesn’t really tell you much about the police per se. As you imply, the real question is how the police killings stack up against the endemic violence of their work environment and the direct threats to themselves from the population they serve.

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    • Agree: TWS, TWS
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  9. @Carbon blob
    It is true that fatalities of all sorts are still way down from the 1970s. All it took was remarkable advances in medicine and mass surveillance.

    Plus giant increases in imprisonment, plus enormous expenditures on target hardening to make property crime, such as auto theft, not pay, plus depopulation of some urban areas, plus …

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    • Replies: @Lot
    "depopulation of some urban areas"

    More like most urban areas. Nearly all of them in Midwest and Northeast. I would bet if you took the 50 largest central cities in 1960, a majority have fewer people than they do today, and the majority of the exceptions all had white shares far above the median.
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  10. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    $60 million is obscene. How can it be justified? Has any book ever made even close to $60 million?

    Lots of books make that much money. Political memoirs? Not so many. According to this, Bill Clinton’s memoir sold 2.5 million copies (all hardback?) making him $30 million. It is not plausible that both Barack and Michelle’s will sell that well, to add up to the $60 million advance, but it is plausible (but risky) that they will sell well enough to make the publisher a profit, effectively giving the authors a better rate than $12/hardback. But do we even know what the deal is? Maybe it is for a series of books. That would make more sense.

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  11. @Discordiax
    The epidemic of assassinations of police officers unleashed by BLM has returned us to the urban Taxi Driver/Death Wish/Dirty HArry days of.....2011?

    "The 135 officer fatalities in 2016 is a 10 percent increase over the 123 who died in the line of duty last year and is the highest total since 2011, when 177 officers made the ultimate sacrifice."

    Maybe we step back and think about what is signal and what is noise in a low number.

    The Ferguson Effect crime-spikes in certain cities is very statistically plausible. There have been a handful of police ambushes, many of which can fairly be tied to BLM rhetoric. But let's not let OUR rhetoric wildly outpace our data.

    “think about what is signal and what is noise”

    The NLEOMF report doesn’t make this easy. In most years, most of the fatalities are traffic-related and not intentional, so it’s a major confounding factor with intentional homicides of officers. Possibly the firearms deaths of officers are even more dire that than the aggregated numbers look, because there were enough of them to get out above the traffic-death noise. But without the underlying data, it is impossible to say.

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    Yeah, this brochure isn't very good, but look at older numbers. Shootings are pretty much all of the murders.
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  12. Lot says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Plus giant increases in imprisonment, plus enormous expenditures on target hardening to make property crime, such as auto theft, not pay, plus depopulation of some urban areas, plus ...

    “depopulation of some urban areas”

    More like most urban areas. Nearly all of them in Midwest and Northeast. I would bet if you took the 50 largest central cities in 1960, a majority have fewer people than they do today, and the majority of the exceptions all had white shares far above the median.

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    @Almost Missouri

    "think about what is signal and what is noise"
     
    The NLEOMF report doesn't make this easy. In most years, most of the fatalities are traffic-related and not intentional, so it's a major confounding factor with intentional homicides of officers. Possibly the firearms deaths of officers are even more dire that than the aggregated numbers look, because there were enough of them to get out above the traffic-death noise. But without the underlying data, it is impossible to say.

    Yeah, this brochure isn’t very good, but look at older numbers. Shootings are pretty much all of the murders.

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  14. @Douglas Knight
    German police kill 3x as often as they are killed. American police about 20x.

    So American police are better shots?

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    So American police are better shots?
     
    No, Americans are bigger targets.

    But Mexicans are even bigger:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexico-takes-title-of-most-obese-from-america/

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3567772

    http://projects.aljazeera.com/2015/08/mexico-obesity/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4718931/
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  15. Old fogey says:
    @Anonymous
    $60 million is obscene. How can it be justified? Has any book ever made even close to $60 million?

    “$60 million is obscene. How can it be justified?”

    I guess Bill Ayers charges more nowadays.

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  16. @ATX Hipster
    So American police are better shots?
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  17. countenance says: • Website

    In related news, if you live in an urban area with enough blacks to matter, you might notice what I’ve noticed about my own. That the local media and power establishment constantly shift back and forth with their narrative about the permissible attitude that white people should have about black crime.

    The two options are:

    (1) White people should not care about black crime, because most black crime is nothing more than black thugs victimizing other black thugs.

    (2) White people need to think that black crime is an existential crisis, which needs to be solved with more taxes, more spending and more gun laws.

    (These aren’t stated in these exact words, but you get the point)

    You’ll find that shifting back and forth between these two narratives happens on a daily basis.

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    I think behavior like that is a good sign that the words being spoken don't align with the actual agenda(s) underlying them.
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  18. res says:
    @countenance
    In related news, if you live in an urban area with enough blacks to matter, you might notice what I've noticed about my own. That the local media and power establishment constantly shift back and forth with their narrative about the permissible attitude that white people should have about black crime.

    The two options are:

    (1) White people should not care about black crime, because most black crime is nothing more than black thugs victimizing other black thugs.

    (2) White people need to think that black crime is an existential crisis, which needs to be solved with more taxes, more spending and more gun laws.

    (These aren't stated in these exact words, but you get the point)

    You'll find that shifting back and forth between these two narratives happens on a daily basis.

    I think behavior like that is a good sign that the words being spoken don’t align with the actual agenda(s) underlying them.

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  19. W Wilson says:

    You are seriously blaming Obama for cops getting killed? You don’t think all the publicity about cops killing blacks seemingly every other week had anything to do with it? From the guy in the choke hold in NY, to the kid playing with a toy gun, who was shot in what, 6 seconds? To all the others too numerous to mention, I’m surprised more cops haven’t been shot in retaliation. I mean when you have footage of a cop planting a gun on a guy he just shot in the back six times for driving on a suspended license, what do you expect? But to blame Obama is just ludicrous. Blame the bad apple racist cops.

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