Monday, June 8, 2015

The Much Less Violent German Police

"German police officers fired a total of 85 bullets in 2011, 49 of which were warning shots, the German publication Der Spiegel reported. Officers fired 36 times at people, killing six and injuring 15. This is a slight decline from 2010, when seven people were killed and 17 injured. Ninety-six shots were fired in 2010.
Meanwhile, in the United States, The Atlantic reported that in April, 84 shots were fired at one murder suspect in Harlem, and another 90 at an unarmed man in Los Angeles."

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Fascinating given how many bullets they used 70 years ago. But let's put that aside for a second and just look at what's going on today.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting.

    Additional information and context is needed.

    The way it is being framed is as a German vs. American thing.

    Perhaps it is a European vs. American thing? Or USA vs. various other Western countries perhaps.

    Seems UK police fired a lot less than the Germans actually - http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-08-18/how-many-times-british-cops-fired-guns-all-last-year-3

    See also http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/09/the-counted-police-killings-us-vs-other-countries

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  2. That's certainly a fair point. And I didn't even explain what it has to do with TIDE.

    So I think all I was doing was providing a tidbit about Germany, to give a sense of the civility that the place is capable of when they are not destroying the world. The comparison to America might actually undermine my frequent point that America is a Germanic country; although I think the USA once upon a time was an orderly place too.

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