Thursday, July 14, 2016

Police Violence: "Just The Facts"

I realize that just because you present "facts" that all problems just go away. But I found this information pretty strong, surprising and helpful in getting to what is happening. I wouldn't call a black Harvard professor biased towards law enforcement either. This rings true to me.

That said, I still pray that we'll move forward lifting up all lives and giving people grace and mercy whenever possible.

From Gary Bauer at Campaign for Working Families:

Just The Facts 

I understand that different people can have different perceptions of the same events, perceptions often shaded by the color of our skin. But it behooves everyone, no matter your skin color, to speak the truth. For example: 

  • A recent Harvard study found that police officers were no more likely to use deadly force against blacks than against whites. Consider this excerpt from the Washington Times:
    "'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,' said Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. in the abstract of the July 2016 paper. Mr. Fryer, who is black, told the New York Times that the finding of no racial discrimination in police shootings was 'the most surprising result of my career.'"

  • According to data from the Department of Justice, and confirmed by a study conducted by a University of Pennsylvania criminologist, black police officers were 3.3 times more likely to use deadly force at a crime scene than were other officers.
  • According to Heather Mac Donald, a research fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black criminal than a police officer killing an unarmed black person.