Police killings not uncommon
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
After any police shooting, news outlets quote policing data from the FBI to assure citizens that these killings are uncommon.
However, what is not known is that the data is incomplete because there are few rules about how, or if, agencies report to the FBI. Because of this, some data scientists have started compiling police reports, news stories and other verifiable information to build a comprehensive data set to explain police violence.
It's called mappingpoliceviolence.org. The police violence mapping website ranks police kills per capita among the 60 largest cities. Oklahoma City ranks second while Tulsa ranks 49th on that list.
The data also show the average annual police homicide rate for all people in Tulsa at 10.774 percent, and the rate for black people at 14.52 percent from 2013-2017.
Nationally, the data show there were 1,147 police homicides in 2017 alone, so police killings are not uncommon at all.
The saddest part of this issue for Tulsa is that it's relatively easy to fix if the mayor and police chief are willing to fix it. For example, our police could spend more time training in de-escalation and less time on the weapons range.
The Police Use of Force Project believes that training to use deadly force only after all other options are exhausted will lower police homicide rates by 30 percent.
So, I am calling on our mayor, law enforcement leadership and my fellow Okies to demand better training for our police. college and often hold advanced degrees to give children the best education possible. We didn't even bother to pay attention to what they thought or who they felt would best represent them.
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