According to Germany’s Der Spiegel, German police shot only 85 bullets in all of 2011, a stark reminder that not every country is as gun-crazy as the U.S. of A. As Boing Boing translates, most of those shots weren’t even aimed anyone: “49 warning shots, 36 shots on suspects. 15 persons were injured, 6 were killed.” […]
Meanwhile, in the U.S., where the population is little less than four times the size of Germany’s, well, we can get to 85 in just one sitting, thank you very much. 84 shots fired at one murder suspect in Harlem, another 90 shot at one fleeing unarmed man in Los Angeles. And that was just April.
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The NYPD feels so dangerous and violent to me, not even with just guns, but force in general. All cops scare me and make me nervous ); They’re so heavy handed and brutal. I remember in HS seeing cops kick around kids who jumped the card turnstiles. Just so unnecessary and way too much. It’s amazing they’re allowed to serve the public and even more amazing that society thinks this kind of shit is okay.
I was going to post a tl;dr with this, because I seem to have a more European opinion on guns and police, but…eh. I’ll just reblog this. If I started saying what I thought, I don’t know if I’d ever finish pointing out all the background on why I feel the way I do.