DOES USA DESERVE TO BE CALLED LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD?
15 Jun 2020
Pathetic Criminal justice system record points out otherwise. Floyd was just one of the many Americans killed by police officers each year.
When it comes to policing and criminal justice, the US record is the worst in the developed countries, with the blacks, disproportionately affected.
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You may be surprised that it is impossible to know exactly how many people die at the hands of police officers in the US each year because no single, nationwide database that contains such information exists!
The Washington Post counted 1,004 people fatally shot by police in 2019, for instance, while the group Mapping Police Violence tallied 1,099. When it comes to arrests and incarceration, the leader of the free world tops again.
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A total of 10,310,960 arrests were made in the US in 2018 - that's one arrest made per every 32 American citizens. The US has the largest prison population in the world, as well as the largest incarceration rate per capita, according to World Prison Brief -- a London-based initiative that counts inmate populations around the world annually.
Only four US cities have more inhabitants than the country's prisons -- and America's prison population of 2.2 million is higher than the combined populations of Washington, DC, Boston and Miami.
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If every US state were counted as a country, the 31 countries with the highest incarceration rates in the world would all be US states, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi all have incarceration rates of over 1,000, meaning more than one in a hundred people in those states were prisoners in 2018. Black Americans make up a third of the US prison population, despite only making up around an eighth of the country's total population.
Does US has any moral right to teach the world about law, justice and democracy?