The only reason we can't really call it an epidemic is, by definition, an epidemic is a sudden occurrence. It likely only appears to be sudden due to the level of news coverage these events have only now been getting.Epidemic: a sudden, widespread occurrence of a particular undesirable phenomenon
There's also the for-profit prison system and the militarization of the police forces, all of which are pretty interlinked. We're starting to sound like conspiracy theorists.I would situate this police brutality in the larger context of a black underclass under siege from an escalating drug war. Whether shootings of black men today by police represent a true epidemic or not is besides the point: the shit is cray cray, and sits in a larger context of ongoing shit that's cray cray
erika, hyperbole much?
An epidemic (from Greek ἐπί epi "upon or above" and δῆμος demos "people") is the rapid spread of infectious disease to a large number of persons in a given population within a short period of time, usually two weeks or less.