By the Numbers: Methodological Notes on Police Fatalities and Assaults

My inbox and Facebook comments are awash with angry protestations about my article on law enforcement fatalities and my follow up post on police assaults and injuries. This is a charged and complex issue, and there are many different ways of looking at it, so I anticipated this. Here are some notes about the methodology I used to study the … Continued

By the Numbers: How Many People Are Killed by Police?

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

By the Numbers: Is the US “The Freest Country In the World”?

“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

By the Numbers: Is Britain More Violent Than the United States?

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