How dangerous is policing today? Is it getting worse, and does it justify the kinds of armaments local police forces are using? The Pentagon is giving cops half a billion dollars a year of military equipment, under the auspices of keeping them and us safe, so the answer really does matter. I’ve been criticized by defenders of police … Continued
Update: Here is a more recent version of this analysis, with a lot more data. I’ve been getting this question a lot since my article in The Freeman about officer fatalities was published. I’m hesitant to write about it because there are so many ways to misinterpret this kind of information that it might do more harm than good. Nonetheless, … Continued
“The United States is the freest country on earth.” It is a comforting story Americans tell ourselves when we feel our position in the world challenged, or when chest-thumping nationalists mount the platform to brag about “American exceptionalism”, or when we need to excuse our behavior internationally. But is it true? How does the United States stack … Continued
Is the United Kingdom more violent than the United States? Despite my last piece debunking bad statistics on this question, I continue to be bombarded with tweets, emails, and Facebook messages reciting the same old argument: “Britain has a violent crime rate of 2,034 crimes per 100,000 people, while the US is rate only 466! Therefore, [insert political … Continued
A popular “fact-checker” spreads a strange myth about crime in the US vs. the UK.