Justice Imprisoned — Chapter 4

Extrajudicial versus Judicial Justice — Part 1

The Hell in Fury Part 3

<<The Hell in Fury — Part 3

The net result of the campaign by the economic fundamentalists against capital punishment and the system of justice developed in accordance with their wishes is that now more people are “punished” by the police than by the courts. The capital or corporal punishment has officially ended as per the constitutions but is now given by the police based on their own assumptions and biases and not by the courts based on the evidences. There are more deaths in police custody and encounters than through death sentences executed at the orders of the courts.

Here is the total list of death sentences that took place in the year 2014 worldwide:

Numbers executed in 2014

Total 1603

It is evident that a total number of about 1600 persons were executed all over the world including about 1000 in China, less than 300 in Iran and less than 100 in Saudi Arabia, the three main countries where death sentences are routinely awarded for serious crimes including murder, drug trafficking and sedition. In contrast the numbers of the people killed in police custody is very high. Despite all the efforts, I could not find a combined worldwide data regarding the deaths in police custody but I could find the data of some countries. The data are enough to show the numbers.

Here is a report about United States:

“More than 2,000 criminal suspects died in police custody over a three-year period, half of them killed by officers as they scuffled or attempted to flee, the government said Thursday. The study by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics is the first nationwide compilation of the reasons behind arrest-related deaths in the wake of high-profile police assaults or killings involving Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo in New York in the late 1990s.

The review found 55 percent of the 2,002 arrest-related deaths from 2003 through 2005 were due to homicide by state and local law enforcement officers. Alcohol and drug intoxication caused 13 percent of the deaths, followed by suicides at 12 percent, accidental injury at 7 percent and illness or natural causes at 6 percent. The causes for the deaths of the remaining 7 percent were unknown.

“The highly populated states of California, Texas and Florida led the pack for both police killings and overall arrest-related deaths. Georgia, Maryland and Montana were not included in the study because they did not submit data.

“The study finds that 77 percent of those who died in custody were men between the ages of 18 and 44. Approximately 44 percent were white; 32 percent black; and 20 percent Hispanic.

“New York now ranks sixth nationwide in the number of police killings, behind Arizona and Illinois, according to Thursday’s report.”

Another report reads:

“So far in 2015, U.S. police killed 776 people, 161 of whom were completely unarmed at the time of their death.

The data was compiled by The Guardian for a project called “The Counted,” a continuously updated, interactive database of police killings in the United States. Based on their figures, police have killed, on average, about three people per day so far this year. The Counted database is the most comprehensive information available on police killings, since no U.S. government agency maintains a similar listing.

“Based on The Guardian’s statistics, police killed more white people than any other race this year. A total 385 white people have been killed by police this year, and 66 of them were unarmed at the time of their death.

However, activists like the members of the Black Lives Matter movement argue that police kill blacks at a rate disproportionate to their total percentage of the population — an assertion supported by The Guardian’s statistics. Police killed almost five black people per every million black residents of the U.S., compared with about 2 per million for both white and hispanic victims.

“The vast majority of those killed — 745 — were men.

“Shooting was the most common cause of police-related death, at 680. Of the 161 unarmed individuals, 71 were shot by police. The second most common cause of death found in the study were Tasers, which led to the deaths of 39 people, followed by being struck by police vehicles (26). Twenty-eight people died in police custody, according to The Guardian, but this figure does not include victims like Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail under conditions many describe as suspicious, although suicide was listed as her official cause of death.”

This means that while around 30 executions take place in the united States every year, extra legal killings by law authorities are near 1000, a ration of around 1: 35.

In England, the number of deaths in police custody between 1990–2015 has been more than 1500, which means around 100 deaths every year. In contrast, no executions have taken place.

Total deaths in police custody or otherwise following contact with the police, England & Wales 1990-date


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