Since 2000, nearly 600 people, many of them young black and Latino men, have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers.

That’s according to a sobering new report from the Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition, a youth advocacy organization, that looks into the use of lethal force among police.

The report, titled “Don’t Shoot to Kill,” examines homicide data from the Los Angeles County coroner’s department and incorporates details from numerous media reports on specific incidents.

Between Jan. 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014, the report found, law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County used lethal force resulting in the deaths of at least 589 people. That’s almost one death a week, for nearly 14 years.

"If the killing of community residents is one measure of police-community relations," the report reads, "then law enforcement’s fear, distrust and/or aggressive treatment of people –- especially youth and people of color –- have not improved, and may have increased."

From 2000 to 2006, the report says, overall homicides in L.A. County ranged between 1074 and 1231 per year. During that period, officer-involved killings made up between 2.5 and 4.5 percent of that total.

However, since 2007, as overall homicide rates have trended downward — there were 941 total killings in 2007, but only 595 in 2013 — law enforcement use of deadly force resulting in homicide “doubled to between 4 and 8 percent” of the total, the report reads.

The report found that of the 314 people killed between 2007 and 2014, 97 percent were male, a combined 82 percent were black or Latino and 52 percent were under age 30.

"We do know that, by far, the highest numbers [of police killings] are [committed by] county sheriffs and LAPD, with Long Beach and Inglewood leading among smaller cities,"


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I seldom start my illustrations with a solidified color scheme. It’s one of those aspects that still takes me a while to figure out. Color is no longer one of my weaknesses, but it doesn’t come to me as naturally as it does other artists. In the case of Kendare Blake’s When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami, now up on Tor.com, it was pretty solid from the start. The story is fascinating. The author does a phenomenal job of evoking a visual through settings and character designs. It was hard to miss the direction the colors had to go. This was one of those rare occasions where the color scheme was present in as early as thumbnails.

You can see every single stage here.

photo by Rolf Nachbar | MY TUMBLR BLOG |

multicolored modicum. This is the tastiest looking water ever.

I always had the urge to drink from a natural source of water like a brook or a river but all I can think of when near one is deer piss xD. Come to think of it I’d never seen a deer pee… like do they raise their leg like dogs do, or they just sprinkle on the go like Bamby? Aaaanyways Im not sure how this all of a sudden took a very weird turn. Sooo uhh yeah water is cool, its gooood. So gooood. Drink lots of it!


Dancing aboard the imperial yacht “Standart” (1912).

The officers had a dance with the Grand Duchesses Olga,Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, daughters of Nicholas II.

Colorized by: National Geographic Channel.

there are people out there who still haven’t changed their header and have those fucking colorful zig zags and shit and that honestly scares me


Today I’ll tell you about a wonderful set of brushes

Without this set I like without hands. It helps to draw hair, to create beautiful skin texture and a variety of effects on the screenshot. (Details about the properties of a set of brushes you can read on the link)

Most often, I use a brush “fog” (I highlighted it in red).


I use a small opacity settings (usually from 9 to 40%). Try to use the screenshot several types of brushes and colors (eg white, slightly bluish, almost greenish) it will give him a more realistic and picturesque. If I overdo it with the “saturation” of fog, I just take an eraser, choose “foggy” brush with low opacity and tidy up the excess density.Thus clear boundaries is not formed of and the consistency of fog is not broken .

This fog adds to your screenshots some atmosphere and perfectly fills the empty space on the floor. And they can stash small flaws;)

Examples of works with fog.