March 19, 2016

Police treat Europe's most wanted man better than Cleveland cops handled black kid

According to Sky News, "Paris terrorist Salah Abdeslam has reportedly been shot in an terror raid in Belgium.Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has hailed the capture of Abdeslam as a 'success' in the fight against terrorism in Europe...Abdeslam was shot in the leg, was treated in hospital and has now been discharged.He will now face police questioning and an effort to extradite him to France."

The striking thing about this story is that Europe's most wanted terrorist was only shot in the leg, reportedly because the police wanted to question him. Which raises the interesting question: how often are black suspects just shot in the leg by American police?

The answer usually given is that American killer cops think their lives are in danger - as when Cleveland's young Tamir Rice reached for a play gun - or that it's too hard to shoot someone in the leg.

But as Sky News reported earlier this year, in the last decade, armed Scottish police have only killed two suspects, while only one officer has been killed by a stabbing, in 1994. In contrast, 1,000 civilians were shot by police in 2015 alone, some of them unarmed. And in 2012, World News reported, "German police officers fired a total of 85 bullets in 2011, 49 of which were warning shots.... 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. 'Our police officers are no thugs in uniform,' Lorenz Caffier, interior minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said at a press conference"

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