While statistics show that shootings of and by police are on the increase, this has been exacerbated by the increased coverage of these events on public and social media. With so many members of the public carrying smartphones with cameras it is relatively easy for a shooting to be livestreamed or filmed and uploaded onto social media within minutes making it more difficult for the Police Department to keep things quiet.
As we have observed in recent tragedies across the United States, police shootings are becoming much more common. The level of violence that currently exists in our society has reached a level of crisis in which the very people who devote their lives to keeping our streets and communities safe are losing their lives to senseless acts of violence.
Yes, police shootings are becoming more common, at least according to the news regarding the shootings of unarmed black people. Every instance of this type should be made public in order to stop injustices from occurring, however, accurate facts need to be stated about whether or not there is an actual increase in police shootings.
Police shootings have been increasing steadily over the last few years. Part of the reason has been tension, but another reason is poor training. Some of the police shootings also stem from racism and profiling. Many police officers are taught to shoot first and ask questions later, which makes them trigger happy.