Chart: Deaths from Police Shootings
I do not have a lot to say about the following at the moment, but it is still worth a look (via The Economist):
Yes, one comparative stat is not sufficient to tell the whole story (as was true when I posted on the death penalty and the US in comparative perspective). I will say this: even if anyone wants to pull out a per capita rebuttal, note that the per capita number for both the UK and Japan are the same as the absolute numbers.
So, while one may wish to argue that the chart is not, in and of itself, sufficient to reach a lot of conclusions, I do think that the data in questions do, in fact, indicate that we have a problem in the US (and one whose time is past due in terms of attempts to solve it).