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Black Lives Matter Wrong About Police

On 12/29/15, National Review Magazine published a story entitled "The Numbers Are in:  Black Lives Matter Are Wrong About Police".  The author bases a great deal of his facts on a Washington Post article dated 12/26/15 titled "A Year of Reckoning, Police Fatally Shoot Nearly 1000 People in 2016".

In the Washington Post article, the author writes:

"In a year-long study, The Washington Post found that the kind of incidents that have ignited protests in many U.S. communities — most often, white police officers killing unarmed black men — represent less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings. Meanwhile, The Post found that the great majority of people who died at the hands of the police fit at least one of three categories: they were wielding weapons, they were suicidal or mentally troubled, or they ran when officers told them to halt."

The Washington Post investigation reported Six Important Takeaways:

1)  25% of the Shootings Involved a Suspect with a Mental Illness 

2)  25% of the Shootings Involved a Suspect who was Fleeing

3)  Indictments of Police Officers Tripled in 2015

4)  Body Cameras only Captured 6% of Officer Involved Shootings

5)  In 75% of the Shootings, Officers Were Being Attacked or Defending Someone Being Attacked

6)  9% of Shootings Involved an Unarmed Suspect; however, read these cases.  Unarmed does not mean not dangerous.

On 10/24/15, The Washington Post published an article entitled "On Duty, Under Fire".  The Post investigated roughly 800 police shootings during the first 10 months of 2015.  The author in that article writes:

"... only a small number of the (police) shootings — roughly 5 percent — occurred under the kind of circumstances that raise doubt and draw public outcry, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. The vast majority of individuals shot and killed by police officers were ... armed with guns and killed after attacking police officers or civilians or making other direct threats."

On 1/2/16, The New York Post published an article entitled "The Myth of the Killer Cop Epidemic" in which they reported the facts surrounding police shootings.  Their final anaysis:  

"The moral of this story is: Don’t point a gun at the cops and don’t run when they tell you stop, and you’re likely to survive. Since the population of the US is about 318 million people, a thousand deaths at the hands of police works out to 1 in 318,000. You have a better chance of being killed in a violent storm (1 in 68,000) or slipping in the tub (1 in 11,500) than being shot by a cop, no matter what color you are."

On 4/27/16, the Washington Post published an article entitled "This Study Found Race Matters in Police Shootings".   The story details of a three studies done by Washington State University that found the following:

"... and all three times, they found that officers took significantly more time to fire their weapons if the subject was black, according to their latest report, “The Reverse Racism Effect,” to be published in the journal Criminology & Public Policy."

On 7/9/16, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled "The Myths of Black Lives Matter".  The story was authored by Heather MacDonald who is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute.  Part of what she stated is:

"To judge from the Black Lives Matter protesters and their media and political allies, you would think that killer cops pose the biggest threat to young black men today.  But this perception, like most everything else that many people think they know about fatal police shootings, is wrong."

On 7/11/16, Harvard Professor Roland Fryer published a report entitled "An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force".  The report was quoted in numerous news sources, including The New York Times and The Washington Times.  The report found racial disparity in the raw numbers surrounding police use of force, but not in police shootings.  The author concludes:

"On the most extreme use of force (officer- involved shootings) we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account. We argue that the patterns in the data are consistent with a model in which police officers are utility maximizers, a fraction of which have a preference for discrimination, who incur relatively high expected costs of officer-involved shootings"  and "It is plausible that racial differences in lower level uses of force are simply a distraction and movements such as Black Lives Matter should seek solutions within their own communities rather than changing the behaviors of police and other external forces."


Databases of fatal police shootings can be accessed by clicking here:  The Washington Post or The Guardian.  There is also a visual graph by USA Today on the breakdown of people killed by police by race.

Compare the information above with the misleading information being aired by the founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.  In her interview with KCAL news on 5/5/16, the founder demands the immediate firing of officers that she deems to have unacceptable shootings.  Without any investigation or due process, she has decided to be the arbiter of what is acceptable.  The news piece also flashes a single statistic that quotes part of the Washington Post story above.  The story shows that African-Americans make up 6% of the population, but account for 40% of unarmed persons shot.  However, the piece did not quote the part of the Washington Post report that stated that unarmed suspects only make up 9% of police shootings and that the paper found that 95% of police shootings were without controversy.  Again, the selective airing of specific information is intended to stir controversy and entertain more than to provide fact.  

A Movement Built on Lies - Article by Dr. Ron Martinelli, including excertps from his book entitled, "The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police."

From the beginning, it has been clear that the media has played an active role in spreading false information and perpetuating rumors that feed the false narrative.  Instead of reporting the news, the newscasters become advocates for their specific beliefs and subsequently spread venom based on their perceptions and not on fact.  A classic example happened on 7/7/16 when CNN reporter Don Lemon stated that he complies with the police because he wants to stay alive.  He went so far as to say that he should not have to comply with the police.  Review the video from his broadcast and ask yourself, doesn't the law require you to comply with the police?  Maybe a great deal of violent police-citizen interactions can be reduced by understanding the legal requirement to comply with an officer's lawful orders.  

July 2016 study by the Dolan Consulting Group looked at the statistical facts surrounding the issues, and found several revealing statistics which they present in a series of charts and graphs.  They also dispell the false rumor that unarmed equals not dangerous.  Their findings included:

"Some also argue that an assault with anything other than a knife, gun, or car does not justify a lethal force response from the police. According to the Washington Post data, 9.3% of those shot and killed by the police (or 93 individuals) were classified as “unarmed.” The Washington Post called individuals “unarmed” not only when the citizen had only his fists as weapons, but also when he had a blunt force weapon such as a club.26 The opinion that these “unarmed” individua ls pose no serious safety risk ignores the fact that 1 out of every 5 people murdered in 2014 was beaten or strangled to death. According to CDC data, of the 15,809 homicides that year, 3,121 of the homicide victims were beaten, strangled, or forcibly drowned. “Unarmed” assailants kill more than 3,000 people each year."

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