More than 350 People Killed by US Police in the past 5 Months | News | teleSUR English
“Almost all of the policemen that have opened fire on unarmed civilians have been cleared of charges. Police in the United States have killed 385 people over the past five months, according to a report published Saturday by the Washington Post. The report was based on police records, news reports, internet sources and the paper’s own original reporting. Most of victims – 80 percent – were carrying weapons or objects considered a lethal hazard, however this did not necessarily translate into the victims posing a real threat to the lives of police officers. “The average number of police victims stood at 2.6 per day” For example, police shot an elderly man after his son asked them to make sure he was okay. The man, 77-year old Mr. Douglas Harris, answered the door whilst holding a gun, which triggered two deadly shots fired by the police. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of those killed were identified by police or family members as mentally ill, and about half of the shootings happened whilst attending domestic disturbances or complex social situations (eg.: a homeless person behaving erratically or a son threatening to commit suicide)..”

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