These 5 Facts About Police Shootings and Race Are Destroy the BLM Narrative
The liberal media continues to paint a very one-sided view of officer involved shootings in this country. Just this week, officers from Tulsa have been tried and convicted by the media in what has been labeled a racially charged shooting of an unarmed black man.
Yet there’s a lot more to the story. Many who come to the defense of cops rightfully point out that the Black Lives Matter Movement doesn’t focus enough on blacks on black violence, which has much bigger consequences for African Americans.
And then there’s the very real details about officer involved shootings. The data, it seems, suggests that these aren’t as racially motivated as some of the most sensational news stories would suggest.
Heather Mac Donald, author of a new book on the subject, has been working to compile all of the available information, and here’s what she’s uncovered.
1. The Washington Post’s data show that 50 percent of fatal police shootings involved whites. 26 percent were black. The majority of these incidents involved criminals who “were armed or otherwise threatening the officer with potentially lethal force,” Mac Donald said in a recent speech at Hillsdale College.
Whites comprise 62 percent of the population. Blacks make up just 13 percent. So there is some disparity in these numbers.
Yet “a concentration of criminal violence in minority communities means that officers will be disproportionately confronting armed and often resisting suspects in those communities, raising officers’ own risk of using lethal force,” wrote MacDonald.
MacDonald noted that blacks “commit 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime” in New York City, where they make up just 23 percent of the population.
“The black violent crime rate would actually predict that more than 26 percent of police victims would be black,” MacDonald said. “Officer use of force will occur where the police interact most often with violent criminals, armed suspects, and those resisting arrest, and that is in black neighborhoods.”