Reality Check

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There is so much disinformation out that people don’t know what to think anymore. We’ve decided to periodically throw out some random facts to keep you informed.

Fact 1

“In the last 10 years, 76% of terrorist attacks have come from the right wing in our country.” – Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary in Trump’s DHS (source)

Fact 2

As of September 3, more officers had died of COVID-19 than have been killed by working patrol. According to the CNN article, “At least 101 officers have died from Covid-19, while at least 82 have died by other means, as of Thursday, according to ODMP.” 

Fact 3

New study out shows that 54% of wrongful convictions are the result of police misconduct and/or misconduct by prosecutors. According to USA Today, “Researchers studied 2,400 convictions of defendants who were later found innocent over a 30-year period and found that 35% of these cases involved some type of misconduct by police. More than half – 54% – involved misconduct by police or prosecutors.”

Also from the USA Today article, “Actions by police officers, including witness tampering, violent interrogations and falsifying evidence, account for the majority of the misconduct that lead to wrongful convictions.”

Fact 4

Taxpayers are having to foot the bill for the police brutality, excessive use of force and sometimes even deadly force, that officers engage in. According to, “Cities across the country spend millions of dollars each year settling police misconduct lawsuits, legal experts tell ABC News.” 

The article goes on to state that we, the taxpayers, have paid over $300 million in 2019. But some areas are much worse than others. According to the same article, “Of the 606 lawsuits filed against Los Angeles during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, 539 were against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.” 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has a long history of police brutality and I believe the amount of lawsuits filed against them gives weight to that statement. It’s time for a change of leadership and a change of attitude. Any officers who are unable to move away from their desire to use excessive force, need to be fire.

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