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War, Policing, and Killing
War, Policing, and Killing
Ccile Fabre

Both war and policing involve the use of force. While force in war is more often than not lethal, in policing it usually falls short of killing. The adverb ‘usually’ masks considerable differences between countries. We do not know for sure how many people exactly are killed by police officers in the US (whether unjustly or not), as it is up to the 17,000 or so law enforcement agencies operating on US soil to report those acts. But estimates place the yearly number of police-induced fatalities at several hundreds. By contrast, the Department of Justice keeps data on police officers killed in the line of duty – 48 such deaths occurred in 2012.1 In the UK, ...

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