Friday
Oct192018

Ugh. CNN Reports Spin News.

Link: index.html "Police officers in the US were charged with more than 400 rapes over a 9-year period"

This really sounds bad, even a police rape epidemic.  Far too many traffic stops resulting in victimization.  But how do police compare in this regard to the remainder of the population? 

CNN reports 405 rapes over 9 years by law enforcement officers.  Given a estimated US population of 327,445,198 (Google) people, and an estimated police force of 422,869 officers (Statistia US employment records) by my estimation there were total 153809 successfully prosecuted rapes in the last rolling calendar year in the United States.  This is a dismally low portion of the total number of rapes, but please accept that the number can not reasonably be argued to be even lower than the values that follow.

If police were committing this crime at national rates, roughly 1892 events would be recorded in the 9 year period.  So I conclude law enforcement is not offending at a rate higher than the general population in this regard.   Even if the police force is taken to be the 120,000 full time officers they offend at rates similar to the general population - which is actually still better than average men given strong male bias toward both the crime and the law enforcement career choice.

By in large, the police mostly suck because their job sucks.   My last happy interaction with one was "help find a likely teen suicide in a large park but if alive report to the professionals and do not engage" and I did and despite a long blood trail, it was not completely terrible until the teen's father showed up, and in random dark moments that father still haunts my memory more than his child.  I can't constrain what I saw into words, and won't judge.  Praise the Lord that isn't my day to day.  Police suck because far too many people suck.  But police don't suck because they commit rape at a rate higher than the general population.  

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