According to data recently released by the FBI, violent crime has plummeted in the United States. That drop, however, has two major exceptions: police violence against citizens has increased drastically, as has the number of people who have turned the gun on cops.
The overall US decline was 4% in 2014 alone, making this the lowest rate of crime in almost four decades. In spite of skyrocketing gun sales, the United States is now only 28th in the world in per capita gun violence.
The manslaughter rate has dropped by 4.4% to 14,196, which represents the lowest rate since 1968. Even rapes, robberies and property crimes have been the lowest in years.
While violence among citizens has dropped, violence against citizens carried out by police has risen sharply.
That is a staggeringly high number, much higher than the nation has seen in two decades, by far.
But University of South Carolina criminologist Geoff Alpert said that these latest statistics on police homicides still almost certainly represents a significant under-counting and under-reporting by departments.
It is thus difficult to say just how high police shootings of suspects has risen, but what we can be certain of is that as crime levels have dropped, police violence against suspects has significantly increased.
Perhaps a consequence of this, or perhaps mere coincidence, the number of police officers being shot by suspects has also spiked.
(Article by Moreh B.D.K.; image used for illustrative purposes)