If you waste most of your free time watching sensationalist news media and fictional crime dramas, you’d probably fall under the impression that America is the most violent place in the world. However, when you ignore all of that crap and pay attention to statistics, you realize that America isn’t as violent as the media portrays it. Far from it!
Time and again, statistics reveal that both violent crime rates and prison incarceration rates have been falling over the past few decades. Overall, Americans are less violent than ever before—well, most Americans save for one group:
While violence among citizens has dropped, violence against citizens carried out by police has been rising sharply.Statistically speaking, you’re nine times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist, and yet Americans are more afraid of being shot by a criminal than they are by a cop.
According to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, 461 felony suspects were shot by police last year, which is the highest number seen in decades. These numbers are likely unreported as well, and only includes felony suspects, so it is possible that this figure is much higher than the study suggests.
Gee, it’s almost as if our sensationalist media and entertainment industry helps to justify police brutality and fatalities by overblowing violent crime. “Well, of course the police officer shot him! He was a shady individual, and you can’t be too careful about them in this day and age!”
For that, there seem to be only one solution: