Why Police Officers Routinely Get Acquitted

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Why Police Officers Routinely Get Acquitted

While the mainstream media is paying more attention to police killing of unarmed citizens and outrage has spread across many sectors of society, the vast majority of police officers who shoot citizens rarely get convicted of any crime. And the routinely get acquitted of all charges.

There have been numerous studies as to why this happens, but a simple understanding of a few factors will tell you all you need to know.

There are a few numbers that you need to know up front. According to the FBI, in 2014 there were 461 “justifiable homicides” committed by law enforcement officers. The seems to be about average for any year in America.

In a separate study done by Bowling Green State University, from 2005 to 2014 only 48 officers have been charged...

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