"People who experience forms of developmental or mental disabilities are oftentimes doubly targeted by police violence due to high rates of poverty and homelessness ... To be plain, very little information is collected on a national level concerning police injuring and killing of people with disabilities. The problem comes from a larger failure to gather information on a national basis about police injuring and killing civilians as a whole. Police departments either do not collect, or are reluctant to collect, this kind of information. Reports of police injuring and killing civilians are scattered and imprecise." Continue reading at
One would think that a nation intent on starting wars in other countries for the sake of human rights there would keep a tally of the disabled citizens its own police brutalize and kill. But that is not the case in the USA. Let us require an accurate accounting of all people who fall victim to police violence, particularly our mentally and physically disabled citizens, ethnic minorities, the elderly, and children. When Arkansas SWAT team killed 107-year-old Monroe Isadore on September 8, his death was widely reported because he may be the world's oldest police victim. However, many deaths by police get scant attention, and some are hidden.
Our congressional representatives will soon vote on whether or not to give the president approval to bomb Syria as punishment for its government allegedly gassing some 1,400 people. However, none of the congresspersons is likely to know how many Americans in their own districts were killed under the color of law. Malcolm X Grassroots Movement reports that 120 unarmed African Americans were democide victims between January and June of 2012. See the report at http://mxgm.org/report-on-the-extrajudicial-killings-of-120-black-people/ . Since American officials care about the right to life, it would be good to keep accurate records of the deaths and abuses of Americans in the following categories:
1. Total number of Americans killed under the color of law, including executions and extrajudicial assassinations. Subcategories should include:
b) race and ethnicity
c) economic classification
d) circumstances of death
e) health status (whether mentally and/or physically disabled)
2. Report whether the killings happened as a result of police violence, overzealous security guards like Zimmerman, corrections officers in jails and prisons, or by employees of state-owned hospitals, such as medical experiments and euthanasia.
Democide occurs in America on a regular basis, and an accounting would be useful. Recent police victims include elderly men and women up to age 96 and children as young as age 6. An estimated 50% of deaths by police were mentally challenged victims of all races, including a double amputee in Texas.
Investigations may be required to list the incidents of democide among institutionalized persons, as those deaths are sometimes covered up by officials, like my own mentally, physically disabled brother's death was (Google "Wrongful Death of Larry Neal). Former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney revealed that 5,000 people were reportedly killed in Louisiana (by a single bullet to the brain) during Katrina and tossed into swamps. See her video at YouTube link http://youtu.be/3vVIhyWsa10 embedded below:
Once the public and U.S. representatives receive a proper accounting and understand the scope of the problem regarding democide inside the United States, we will be in a better position to protect citizens, including elders and children, and to give ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL.
Mary Neal, director
WHY do we know how many people were killed in a Syrian gas attack but not how many mentally disabled citizens police kill in the USA? Because nobody keeps count. It would be embarrassing.