I looked up Australian statistics, and came up with this graph
That was over three years, while single year figures in the US are around the 900 mark (see my previous post for link).
When read in conjunction with the Wikipedia stats on officers killed in the line of duty
, we see that the situation in the US is much, much more dangerous for US police than Australian Police.
When any group
is faced with increased danger (from other people), it is usually more aggressive. The greater the increase in danger faced, the more aggerssion that is shown. This isn't justification - this is an observation of human behaviour across all sectors of humanity (going way beyond just police, to encompass most groupings in humanity). There is no point saying that police (or any group) shouldn't be human - everyone is human, and every group has the same human failings. Just saying to a group (any group) 'it isn't acceptable' never stopped human failings from existing, anywhere. Just education (without addressing the contributing circumstances) only reduces the instances, without stopping them. My point being that to properly address the matter, there needs to be a wholistic response to the issues that cause the increased aggression - as well as better oversight.
Chauvin should have been found guilty. He may also be a product of his environment (which again, is not justification, but recognition that the environment may shape people). Failing to recognise or acknowledge contributing circumstances, and addressing those, is perhaps the main reason many issues keep repeating themselves.