I was very happy to see a more civilized approach to policing in Ferguson, Missouri, but it got me to thinking how many black teenagers are killed by white police officers every year. I was not alone in this thinking apparently, as this report explains.
Local Police Involved in 400 Killings Per Year
KEVIN JOHNSON, MEGHAN HOYER and BRAD HEATH – USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.
On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. The numbers appear to show that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last Saturday was not an isolated event in American policing.