Our last post of charts was probably our all-timer for calls.
Probably/mostly because the posting around here has been less than haphazard for a good long while.
Some of you were worried that I had gone out and got me a job.
Like somebody's gonna hire me.
Anyway ..... we continue.
As always clicking the image will mostly take you to the source article from which it was taken.
On that military gear coming to a county near you thing .....
I'll post it again despite it being just a post or two below mostly because I think it matters.
One outcome is predictable.
The above was taken from an economist piece that concludes, "This is not because they are trigger-happy but because they are nervous. The citizens they encounter have perhaps 300m guns between them, so a cop never knows whether the hand in a suspect’s pocket is gripping a Glock.
I don't disagree.
The ignored issue here is the fact that the citizenry is equally nervous, as the following is the image that Cops are aggressively projecting to the American people on a daily basis.
Why the facemasks?
Here are two other reasonable questions.
The Economist also doesn't care much to consider this next issue.
I'm not relying much on the Economist's numbers on "Death by Police Shootings" for perfect accuracy as I wish there was better sourcing.
As an aside, I frequently come away from The Economist with that same thought ... but I digress.
I mostly believe it though because of this.
If you go through all the numbers in the linked pieces above, they don't always add up real well as these charts come from different years and sources, but the message holds regardless of the details.
Compared to any other country in the world, we put an extraordinary number of people in prison relative to our population.
Your intuition is correct however as high incarceration rates have led to a reduction in crime ..... at least on the outside.
I linked all of the charts below to the same University of Chicago research paper which offers it's own batch of charts as I thought it was the best thing out there.
Lying Al Sharpton among others will tell you that America's criminal justice system is racist because Black and Hispanic People are significantly more likely to run afoul of the law than are White People.
He is absolutely right about that second part.
Maybe not so much there on that first part.
The following statistics are taken from the 2005 edition of The Color of Crime by Jared Taylor.
Apologies for making you read, but I found the following summary to be significantly better than any five charts I could assemble.
Click anywhere below to link up to the entire work.