The events of this week demonstrate both meanings of "police killings". If this is a war between white police and black civilians -- notice I didn't use the word "criminals" -- whose side should the rest of us take? Walt has a few further questions, and some off-the-top-of-my-head answers.
Q. Why do cops shoot people?
A. For the same reason a dog licks his balls. Because they can. It's the nature of the beast.
Q. What kind of people become cops?
A. Sadists, bullies, people with insecurity complexes who like dressing up in uniforms and pushing other people around. Like Cartman here.
Q. Do white cops shoot only blacks?
A. Nope. The majority of people -- armed or unarmed -- shot by American police last year were white. Blacks and semi-whites (Hispanics) accounted for about 40% of the "deaths by cop".
Q. But blacks and Hispanics don't account for 40% of the US population, do they?
A. Not yet.
Q. So how come the minorities get killed more often?
A. Because white police -- and the majority are white -- have an "US vs THEM" mentality, which causes them to see all darker-complected people as actual or potential criminals.
Q. Why so?
A. Because blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be engaged in criminal activity, carrying guns and generally making trouble. Half a century of "civil rights" and the "progress" of which President 0 boasts have created a huge black and brown underclass which the nanny state can't control except by force. White cops are the agents used by the establishment to keep the rest of us -- of all colours -- in line.
Q. What can be done to stop the war between the police and the rest of us?
A. Errr, errr....
Further reading I: "Why Dallas Happened", by Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy.
Further reading II: "The Color of Crime: Race, Crime and Justice in America", by Edwin S. Rubinstein, New Century Foundation.