We have the largest prison population on earth, yet that doesn’t seem to be deterring people.
Exactly. Our prisons are too "soft" and there really isn't reprecussions for committing crimes.
Heck these police officers will lose their job and probably get a prison sentence but will be out in 20 years.
What makes it worse is that people get out of prison and turn around and do the same crime again because their lives are kind of pointless as they are past felons so they have 0 opportunities. Killing people might actually be the more benevolent method but our society is all about preserving life at all time even when it doesn't make sense.
Heck we spend Billions on health care to keep people alive 2-3 more years that will inevitable die when that money could be allocated to research or development of our society.
Part of the reason our society hasn't changed much in 40-50 years. Take 1880 to 1920 and look at the vast technology changes in that span of time and then take 1980 to 2020 and see how little we have progressed outside of entertainment/internet advances.