People make mistakes. Airline pilots make mistakes. Commercial airliners have crashed. In some cases large numbers of passengers were injured or killed in the crash. As horrific as such an event tends to be, a rational mind would not infer that all airline pilots are bad actors or that pilots have it in for their passengers. Doctors make mistakes. When doctors make mistakes a person is injured during a procedure intended to promote their healing and well-being. Malpractice lawsuits abound. A rational mind would not assume that all doctors are bad actors or that all doctors intend to harm their patients. Police officers make mistakes. Police officers have used lethal force that resulted in death. Once again, a reasonable person would not infer, from a single police officer's mistake, that ALL police officers are bent of killing.
No one in their right mind would say, or even hint, that instances of police brutality have not occurred. No one with a shred of morality and decency would argue that some police shootings have not be unjust. No one with any amount of intellectual honesty would contend that police brutality has not been a problem in certain areas of the country. Of course, the videotaped beating of Los Angeles native Rodney King comes immediately to mind. However, no reasonable or rational person would take these singular and unique situations and draw the conclusion that law enforcement officers, as an institution, are “targeting” and killing young Blacks. This simply is not true. In spite of the effort of “activists”, members of the media, and even politicians to promote this narrative the numbers do not support it.
#BlackLivesMatter "activists" project the idea that merely coming in contact with the police places Blacks at risk of being shot and killed. This is utterly insane. A look at the data related to traffic stops indicates that nationwide, Blacks are no more likely to be stopped than any other ethnic group. The Daily Caller, referencing data from the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) indicated that
“..street stops and traffic stops by law enforcement, they fall almost nearly in line with the demographics of the nation. “
The data also shows that
“In 2011, 65.2 percent of those stopped in street stops were white, 15.3 percent were Hispanic/Latino, 12.4 percent were black, 3.6 percent were Asian, 3.1 percent were two or more races, and .6 percent were American Indian.”
The data shows that Whites are actually stopped by police more often than Blacks. This debunks the notion that police are “targeting”, or otherwise singling out Blacks for harsher or even violent treatment.
What happens after the police stop is important. Once again, the Daily Caller cites data from the BJS show that
“65.5 percent of ticketed drivers are white, 14 percent are Hispanic/Latino, 13.2 percent are black and 7.2 percent are either Native American, Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander, and persons of two or more races. “
Furthermore, “activists,” the media, even politicians would have the Black Community believe that police search Blacks more than people of other ethnic groups. That simply isn’t supported by the data. The Daily Caller, once again cites statistics from the BJS that clearly show that
“...those searched by police during a traffic stop, 46.6 percent are white, 22.8 percent are black, 23.1 percent are Hispanic, and 7.4 percent are either Native American, Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander, and persons of two or more races.”
“Social justice warriors,” race-haters, and others insist that the police are waging a war against the Black Community. This a damnable lie. This is one of the more successful fake realities that Leftists and their friends in the media and academia have spawned. They lie. However, the numbers don’t. The fantastical notion that police are “targeting” is thoroughly debunked on the facts. ZeroHedge reports that 2016 data shows that,
“...most of those killed by police are male and white ...”
A closer look is also revealing. In 2016, citing a Washington Post report, ZeroHedge states that 990 people were killed during some altercation or encounter with the police. ZeroHedge, citing the Washington Post report, indicated that of the 990 killed by police
“[only] 123 of those shot were Black Americans. “
The report by ZeroHedge goes on the state that
“...Many of those killed carried guns according to police records. “
As previously referenced, Blacks are not pulled over more, searched more, or ticketed more than other groups. What is true is that
“...black people are more likely than others to be the victim of a fatal police shooting. “
Is this because they are Black? The answer to that is "No." If so, the numbers of Blacks killed by police would be far greater -- approaching those seen in Black-on-Black violence at the very least. What this finding reveals is that Black where killed during altercations with police. Studies show that Blacks tend to engage police in altercations, resist arrest, disobey commands, present themselves in a threatening manner, or otherwise struggle with police more than other groups.
The Daily Caller reports that
“Of the 990 shooting deaths, 73.7 percent were made during an ‘attack in progress.’ This would include a shootout, charging with a knife or a physical struggle. “
This dispels the fallacy that police officers are wantonly “targeting” and killing Blacks based on malice or racial animus. In addition, a NYTimes article quotes Dr. Klinger who says,
“The notion that cops want to shoot anybody is a lot of baloney,...”
Dr. Klinger goes on to explain that
“...white officers are much more reticent to shoot a black man than a white man because, all things being equal, they know the social context in which they’re operating.”
Activists promoted the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson as THE defining case to prove that police were targeting and killing “unarmed” Black men. The #HandsUpDontShoot narrative propelled the #BlackLivesMatter “movement” to the spotlight. The ensuring riots in major cities across the country thrust the “movement” and it’s “leaders” into the daily news cycle and into the collective consciousness of the nation. There's only one problem. The #HandsUpDontShoot narrative was a lie. Michael Brown NEVER, at any point in the 120 second altercation with Officer Wilson, put his hands up in surrender. Michael Brown was not shot in the back while running away. Michael Brown did, in fact, initiate a violent attack on the police officer.
Michael Brown did, according the report by the U.S. Department of Justice, gain control of Officer Wilson’s duty weapon.
“IF anything good has come out of this month’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., it is that the death of the black teenager shined a spotlight on the plague of shootings of black men by white police officers. “
I could not disagree more. The data doesn’t support Michael Wines’ claim of a “plague of shootings” of Black men by White police officers. In reality, the facts totally refute the very idea he puts forth. Lost in the inflammatory rhetoric, the race-baiting, and the hype on the Left is the REAL lesson from the Michael Brown shooting. The lesson is that attacking and fighting a person who has a gun, whether a police officer or not, is a good way to get shot and killed.
In his ground breaking study "An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force" Harvard Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
“youngest black professor ever to receive tenure at Harvard “
“black suspects are actually less likely to be shot than other suspects. “
“...looked at more than a thousand shootings in 10 major police departments...”
Professor Fryer and his students
“spent 3,000 hours putting together data from police reports”
from several major U.S. cities. The findings came at the height of the #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot "protests" over the erroneous assertion that Ferguson police "targeted" and killed "an unarmed Black young." Prof. Fryer's study completely turned the notion of police targeting of Blacks by police on its head. Included among the study’s findings was the fact that
“officers were more likely to fire their weapons without having first been attacked when the suspects were white. “
The study also found that
“Black and white civilians involved in police shootings were equally likely to have been carrying a weapon. “
Predictably, the so-called mainstream media dutifully tried to ignore the findings in the study. I would appear that Youtube took down Professor Fryer's video discussion the report. The reason for this is simple enough. The Leftist media doesn't want to acknowledge the fact that police "targeting" of Blacks is a myth. The report by Prof. Fryer
“... undercut[s] the idea that the police wield lethal force with racial bias. “