Reblogged from queerkarlmarx
The NYPD killed more civilians in a span of 3 months than all of Germany’s police killed in a year.
84 shots were fired at one murder suspect in Harlem, another 90 shots at one fleeing unarmed man in Los Angeles. And that was just April.
More civilians are killed by America’s police force than soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s a war on American soil and we’re to blind to see it.
Thanks Germany for giving us some perspective.
Please note that just because the German police use fewer bullets, it doesn’t automatically mean that they do not also engage in excessive force. German police officers are not required to give names or badge numbers and there are numerous examples of police acting in a brutal & aggressive manner towards citizens not only during protests, but also otherwise mundane situations. Fewer people are shot, but many people are severely beaten, arrested or ticketed on trumped up charges (often when witnessing police brutality against others and asking for police names or identification). In extreme cases, like that Oury Jalloh, evidence is extremely sketchy.
TL;DR - holding up the German police as a shining example of a policing “done right” is an injustice to the many people who have suffered from non-bullet brutality at the hands of German police