I notice you didn't bring up Dillon Taylor.http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58304981-78/police-taylor-lake-salt.html.csphttp://www.inquisitr.com/1412236/dillon-taylor-police-shooting/
I can't say for certain why this story didn't make the news as immensely as others, but one of the arguments I've heard is that the victim wasn't white.http://www.killedbypolice.net/kbp2014.html
has a list of 1100 people killed by the police, but I have no idea how many were of what racial background or the circumstances. I accept the possibility that it's worse for minorities, but 4 is a very small sample size.
Even if we got statistics, we know that statistics can be misleading. It would be a nightmare to compare and contrast each and every case, but I know that the media doesn't make national news of every egregious case because I know of at least one that didn't make huge news.
One of the things I've heard about the Michael Brown case: if he was a very tall guy, he couldn't have been shot at the apex of his head if he was standing up with his hands raised. Another story that I've heard is that Michael Brown charged the cop like a football player
If he truly did charge at the cop, it kinda makes sense that he'd get shot. If he didn't charge at the cop, I don't know why he'd have his head down.
A few months ago, I got stopped by the police when I wasn't even in my vehicle because the vehicle had a flat tire. They wanted to make sure that I wasn't driving it...while I wasn't even in it. However, I haven't had nearly enough flat tires to know if that's common.
As far as outright fearing the police, I'm reminded of what Terry Goodkind mentioned as the Paradox of Power. If someone has power, and they're ready, willing and able to use it, they rarely have to.
For example, if Chuck Norris can roundhouse kick someone into orbit and is impervious to bullets, no one is going to mess with Chuck Norris, so he'll very rarely have to roundhouse kick someone into orbit. By contrast, Superman isn't going to use the full extent of his power to actually kill crooks, so they'll do everything they can to stop him because they have nothing to lose in the attempt.
People know the cops will shoot them if they charge the cops, which is how we have the concept of suicide-by-cop. It's possible that they want to induce that much fear so that people will just meekly accept whatever the cops say.
If so, that's a problem, but it seems very odd that this would suddenly be happening all over the country unless it was somehow being orchestrated. Do police all get their training from a single source?