With the recent nonsense surrounding Ferguson and other liberal hotspots, I find this news story entirely unsurprising. According to the mayor of Philadelphia, some police officers are getting increasingly frightened of the communities that they are assigned to protect.
Yet the problem isn’t that most cops are crooked and need to be looked upon with distrust, the problem is that lots of citizens have little to no respect for the law or for the people who we have tasked with enforcing it. These are people who are patently anti-social, they care about no one but themselves and if anything bad happens or they even get the feeling something bad can happen, they take to the streets and scream bloody murder.
See, all of these recent cases haven’t been bad white cops out shooting innocent black men on the streets for no reason. That isn’t what happened in a single case. Michael Brown tried to take the gun from a cop. Eric Garner was breaking the law and resisting arrest. Antonio Martin pulled a gun on a cop. In every case, it’s been black criminals breaking the law, acting in a manner contrary to their own well-being and getting shot for it. Yes, it’s a shame when the cops have to use lethal force, but to see the largely liberal public screaming that cops ought to be shot before they ever harm a civilian is absolutely absurd. These cops are not being found guilty of a crime because they haven’t done anything wrong, that doesn’t stop the community from trying them in the court of public opinion. All these communities, and it’s virtually all liberals from what I’ve seen, are ignoring the circumstances of the shootings and only seeing that the dead guy was black and the cop was white and that’s all there is to it. It’s more of that absurd victim mentality that pervades the liberal mind, especially in the black community.
These are not cops that hate their communities, these are communities that hate their cops. In Brooklyn, New York, two cops were brutally murdered in their police car as “revenge” for the police shootings that have happened in recent weeks. The murderer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, murdered his girlfriend and boasted that he wanted to kill cops. After killing officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, he turned the gun on himself. There was a second attempt at a cop shooting in the Bronx that was avoided only because the gun jammed as an unnamed gunman took aim at two police officers. Cops have every right to be afraid of their communities, especially when their communities are cheering attacks on the authorities.
Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a story if the whole premise put forward by these hoodlums is entirely false, which it is. So here’s the actual data. There are 641,208 police officers in the United States, at least as of 1998 when the last study was done. Of those, 87% are white and 11% are black, which for the purposes of this point are all that are relevant. From 1980-2008, black officers were involved in 13% of the justifiable shootings by police. In those shootings, less than 3% of those shot were white and 11% were black. Black officers shoot far more black suspects than white suspects. Is that racism? Nobody on the left will claim so. Further, according to Bureau of Justice statistics, only 1/5000th of 1% of all arrests made nationwide result in the death of the suspect. In the seven years of the study from 2003-2009, there were nearly 98 million arrests made in the United States. Only a minuscule number of those arrests resulted in the death of the arrestee, an average of 1 per every 20,000 arrests. You are four times more likely to be electrocuted in your shower than to be killed during an arrest, yet according to a lot of liberal pundits, police violence is at an all-time high. Nothing could be further from the truth.
According to Policing and Homicide 1976 to 1998, published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and published in March 2001, a disproportionate number of black officers are involved in shootings deemed justifiable in the United States. Remember, I said that blacks made up 11% of the 641,208 officers nationwide, yet they account for more than 17% of all justifiable police shootings. They also, as I mentioned before, are responsible for far more black-officer-shooting-black-suspects than white officers by a wide margin, 32 in 100,000 for black officers vs. 14 in 100,000 for white officers. We see that white-officer-shooting-white-suspects in the same time period is 28 in 100,000, vs. 11 in 100,000 for black officers. Clearly, white officers are not out trying to kill black suspects as “leaders” in the “black community” have claimed. If anything, they should be screaming about black officers because they demonstrably kill more black suspects than anyone else. Of course, black-on-black violence is epidemic in our country, a black man is 6x more likely to be killed by another black man than by a white man, yet the “black community” doesn’t talk about that. There’s no racist angle there to exploit. They can’t play the victim card so they don’t bring it up.
But here’s where things become interesting. According to the studies, young black males murder police officers at a rate 6x higher than young white males do. At the time of the study in 1998, young black males made up less than 1% of the population but accounted for more than 21% of the police murders. And people wonder why cops pay more attention to young black males? Seriously?
The longer this nonsense goes on, the more I wonder if it isn’t better if the cops just pull back from these ghetto neighborhoods and let them all murder each other. It isn’t at all unlikely, studies done of some of the most violent neighborhoods in the nation show that you have between a 1:7 and 1:15 chance of being the victim of violent crime each and every year you spend in these neighborhoods. Take away what law enforcement there is in these areas and there will be blood running in the streets in short order. Hopefully the people who are most likely to attack the police will be the first ones to go, but let’s be honest, if the police did walk away, as they certainly have every reason to do, the black community would be up in arms screaming that they’re not being protected.
The cops just can’t win. Sorry, given a choice between a cop that puts his or her life on the line every day and some career criminals, I’ll take the cop each and every time, without exception. Maybe we need a little gene pool cleaning in this country.