Is there any data on how many unarmed black men are killed by the police each year? Would be interesting to see how probable that is.
There is data. 8, or 13, depending on counting criteria. On top of that, the number is reducing over time, there is a definite downward trend.
If you have a few very clear cut cases of murder caught on video in this day and age then social media will make those numbers seem like 8000 and 13 000. This kind of attention to the problem can be beneficial indeed if right methods are used to try to tackle it. It seems the best option is to add more funding to the police so they would be better trained and better prepared for that crazy job.There is data. 8, or 13, depending on counting criteria. On top of that, the number is reducing over time, there is a definite downward trend.
Sorry but quote "unarmed black man" sounds to me like being an armed and black man is some kind of crime itself. It sounds rich especially from rightwingers who in other cases claim gun ownership as the first and highest freedom ever (not telling it's your case). Police brutality is not only "fatal injuries of total innocence people". It includes racial profiling, injuries (not deaths), unnecessary arrests, pointing guns on people from no relevant reason, escalations of situations for small incidents, or for minor crimes that do not have the death penalty. I can't imagine in my country in the middle of Europe any parent would fear children playing with gun toys on the street but I can imagine black parents in the USA trying to avoid this child games to save their children's lives. It's not about 10 deaths or whatever statistics were used in this thread (those things are just the terrible peak of the mountain). It's about having police you can call to help with the situation not escalate them, police which you can believe, police which is there to serve and protect and is responsible and respectable ...