Bethly126

Aug 19

quote Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.

Aug 18

penguinteen:

It’s a battle of the boys—which Stephanie Perkins character is your favorite? (Just kidding, we’d never force you to choose, we’re not that cruel!)

So I stated Anna and the French kiss on Saturday. Finished it. Read Lola and the boy next door on Sunday. Finished it. Now halfway through Isla and the happy ending. Long story short I really am in love with all three books.

Aug 17

didyouknowwaltdisney:

R.I.P Robin Williams.

A man who knew how to make the world laugh and cry. You will always have a special place in all of our hearts.

If you or anyone you know is battling with severe depression and thinking of Suicide please call 1-800-273-8255 For the National Suicide prevention hotline.

Aug 15
So this little cutie walked right up to me. Pretended to be my friend and when it became clear I had no food to give him/her tried to trip me as I walked away. Just plan adorable. #catsofsunsetpark #catsofinstagram #catsoninstagram

So this little cutie walked right up to me. Pretended to be my friend and when it became clear I had no food to give him/her tried to trip me as I walked away. Just plan adorable. #catsofsunsetpark #catsofinstagram #catsoninstagram

Aug 14

nelaguilvr:

iamchantaya:

rhomeporium:

A mother’s worst nightmare.

She was preaching

this gave me chills

Aug 13
nypl:

The Mets tell us “it’s not just the scouting report Daniel Murphy reads,” he also finds time to read a great story in the locker room! Professional athletes know that you need a strong brain as well as a strong body, so show us where you strengthen your mind! #ireadeverywhere 

nypl:

The Mets tell us “it’s not just the scouting report Daniel Murphy reads,” he also finds time to read a great story in the locker room! Professional athletes know that you need a strong brain as well as a strong body, so show us where you strengthen your mind! #ireadeverywhere 

Aug 12
Aug 12
So I promised @mykecole that if he bought me his books, I would read them. Ao here I go. Book 1

So I promised @mykecole that if he bought me his books, I would read them. Ao here I go. Book 1

Aug 11

fozmeadows:

imsirius:

Your character falls into the “friend zone” - Is this primarily a man’s problem, or are women put in the friend zone as well? x

DANIEL RADCLIFFE FOR ALL THE AWARDS

ALL OF THEM

I love him

Aug 10
Do they still have that website “cats that look like hitler” because this cat definitely has the ‘stache going on. #catsofsunsetpark #catsofinstagram #catsoninstagram

Do they still have that website “cats that look like hitler” because this cat definitely has the ‘stache going on. #catsofsunsetpark #catsofinstagram #catsoninstagram