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.

nowinexile:

The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen. 

passionatedancing:

i wanted to gif this but i could never get it right
DAMN THOSE HIPS

passionatedancing:

i wanted to gif this but i could never get it right

DAMN THOSE HIPS

fuckyesballet:

Ballet Arizona’s Tzu-Chia Huang and Russell Clark in rehearsal, photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

fuckyesballet:

Ballet Arizona’s Tzu-Chia Huang and Russell Clark in rehearsal, photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

coffeeandniall:

i’ve seen a lot of people reblogging news from ferguson, wondering if the situation has changed at all. the answer is YES—massively! so i thought i would compile some updates, courtesy of alderman antonio french (who, less than 24 hours ago, was being [wrongfully] held in jail for alleged unlawful assembly). the time right now is 4:20AM CST, august 15th.

yesterday afternoon—thursday, august 14th—ferguson & stl police were taken out of control of ferguson and replaced with MO highway patrol, led by captain ron johnson, who grew up in the area. his first order of business was to order police to remove their masks and cease violent tactics.

orange cones replaced tanks, the police line vanished, not a drop of tear gas was in sight and families felt safe enough to have their young people out protesting with them. without the fear tactics and police intimidation, people came out in droves to support ferguson.

the discussion of mike brown cannot end here. the relief is palpable and the decrease of tension under johnson’s excellent leadership is a huge mercy, but justice has not been served yet. now, hopefully, citizens will get to work together with the legal system for swift and transparent justice for mike brown & the countless other black men & women across the nation who have been unlawfully treated, and in many cases died, at the hands of police. let all of us use the alleviated atmosphere to focus the conversation, focus the nation. #mikebrown 

doctorwho:

Today is the first day of the Doctor Who World Tour, it’s a chance for fans and the press to get to meet Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat, and talk over what is about to happen in Season Eight, including the world premiere of the first episode, “Deep Breath.”

To celebrate the occasion, which began in Cardiff earlier today, and to prepare London travelers for the imminent arrival of the new season on August 23, Transport For London have devoted one of their passenger information boards in the Underground to a very familiar image indeed. [x]

And it’s not the first time! 

(Thanks to Talia Kraines, lifeofatidball, and @RoxaneGrantArt for the images)

shikarius:

Dad’s gotten 1000% better talking about periods since we started using Shark Week euphemisms:

"Ah, it’s Shark Week?" = "Ah, you started your period?"

"Harpoons on deck?" = "Do you have enough pads/tampons/etc?"

"Chum stocks are holding?" = "Do you need chocolate/midol?"

"Supplies are low cap’n" = "Yes, please."

"What kind (of shark) is it?" = "How do you feel?"

  • "It’s a Nurse Shark" = "I’m fine/not bad"
  • "GREAT WHITE OFF THE STARBOARD BOW" = "FUCKING OW"

tsukishimake1:

my favorite tidbit about rome is that in the mid-1800s one of the popes didnt like the statues in rome having dicks so he ordered them knocked off. fast forward to the last decade or so and art historians in conjunction with the vatican are trying to erm. restore. the statues. but the dicks were just. kept in a box. so art historians are going around rome, with a box of dicks, trying to match them up to their owner.

kisetsu-no-sakura:

tastefullyoffensive:

The salmon send their best assassin. [x]

Here’s a follow-up: 

kisetsu-no-sakura:

tastefullyoffensive:

The salmon send their best assassin. [x]

Here’s a follow-up: 

rhibros:

tumblr is blocked on my schools internet for being a dating site

image

tarsuswhore:

fuckitandflee:

The real problem with books-turned-movies isn’t “omg they didn’t include every single word in the book” it’s “omg they completely overlooked the main theme, threw out any significant allegories, took away all the emotional pull, an turned it into a boring action movie with a love triangle in it”

this is criticism

this is ok

this is good

Let’s play a game. Let’s play Murder. 

boyfri(end)
girlfri(end)
best fri(end)
inter(forever)net

trust:

trust:

i just dropped my iphone in the bath

now its syncing