Is the Ferguson Police Dept. Racist?

by Jack

fergusonstatsIt’s been recently reported that blacks are overrepresented in traffic stops and arrests in Ferguson, Mo, where 2/3rds of the city population are Black, but Blacks represent nearly 85% of Ferguson traffic stops and 93% criminal arrests.  (see graph on left)   These lopsided statistic seems to support the claim of racism within the Ferguson police department.   However, this is only true if one can assume that Blacks  commit crime in equal numbers to other races in Ferguson.    The national data says they do not; Blacks by far commit the greater number of offenses and there is no evidence to support why this wouldn’t be true in Ferguson, since it is everywhere else in America.  But, it’s not just true in America either, all you need to do is look at the arrest records by race in other Western nations.

The disturbing statistical analysis that reasonable people should be focusing on is not so much about Ferguson, Mo. but, about Black crime statistics in general. Van Jones, an advisor to President Obama, wrote, “African American youth represent 32% of all weapons arrests [and] were arrested for aggravated assault at a rate nearly three times that of whites.”  Jones is Black and considered quite liberal and even he has noticed this disturbing statistical difference.

According to every study kept by the Dept. of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, Blacks are overrepresented in the criminal justice system by a wide margin.  Some of this can be explained away by poverty and lack of employment opportunity, and some by racial bias, but by no means does this cover all the causal factors.   The problem is much more complex and it’s something that neither Blacks or anyone else wants to investigate for their own self serving reasons that have nothing to do with legitimate scientific inquiry.Eric Holder

So, here we are, left to judge Ferguson cops, but armed with only half the facts -  Ferguson police arrest a higher percentage of Blacks than their proportionate demographics.   Is that all we need to know?  I think not.

If we are going to look at Ferguson police, then we also need to look at why Blacks are overrepresented in arrests and incarcerations.  We need to look at other police agencies with similar demographics too.   This is too serious to go off half cocked.

It appears the Ferguson police are only a symptom of something gone wrong in our melting pot society.  And until we approach this with an open-mind based on a legitimate scientific study, we’ll never have the facts needed to bring about a solution.

Without all the facts what’s left is just accusations… and that serves nobody.

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8 Responses to Is the Ferguson Police Dept. Racist?

  1. Soaps says:

    Why bother? Eric Holder has never let facts get in his way. Neither has Obama.

    • Post Scripts says:

      Sometimes I wonder why bother too. The odds seem stacked against knowing the truth. I guess we just feel like Obama and Holder have been so racially biased and divisive that in good conscience we can’t let them get away with it without a challenge.

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  2. Dan the Man says:

    I have been on several other sites and they all get pretty crude with comments. And that is why I am not on those other sites anymore. i’ll keep it clean as long as nobody jumps on me then all bets off.

  3. Peggy says:

    Off topic.

    Heard both Hannity and Rush today say the establishment GOP lead by McConnell and Boehner never planned to cut funding for DHS because of the illegal immigrant action Obama took.

    They both said it was because of the cheap labor the big hotels and other large business owners wanted.

    Ted Cruz Says GOP Leaders Planned To Cave On Immigration All Along:

    “WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) charged Tuesday that Republican leaders in Congress had planned all along to capitulate in their battle to defund President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.

    Cruz’s remarks came soon after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided to bring up a “clean” bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, backing down from the effort to use department funding to strip authority for Obama’s executive actions.

    “Unfortunately, leadership’s plan was never to win this fight,” Cruz told reporters Tuesday.

    Since December, the outcome has been baked in the cake. It was abundantly clear to anyone watching that leadership in both houses intended to capitulate on the fight against amnesty,” Cruz said, adding, “It was a strategy doomed to failure. It’s an old adage in Washington: Never take a hostage you’re not prepared to shoot.”

    Cruz also expressed anger at reports that a political action committee aligned with GOP leaders was spending some $400,000 to target anti-immigration Republicans.

    “If it is true that leadership is attacking conservative members of the House, I think it’s wrong and I think it’s disgraceful,” Cruz said.

    “We see a pattern over and over again. When Republicans are running for office, they tell their constituents they will be conservative, they will honor and defend the Constitution, they will follow through on the principles their constituents are trusting them to follow through upon,” Cruz said. “And yet, sadly, in Washington, far too many forget those promises the day after the campaign.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/03/ted-cruz-immigration_n_6793748.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

    Also got a phone call from the Calif. GOP wanting money to help support Daryl Issa’s run for Boxer’s vacated seat. Laughed in the poor guys face and told them to never call me again. Issa served up a big nothing pie on Benghazi.

  4. Georgia says:

    I think you miss the point. America’s police departments act like a privatized FBI. Their misuse of power stems from their want for military gear. They get the money directly and buy Military Urban Shield gear.

    Ferguson Police are infiltrated with several KKK Members.

    Racism lives , And there are so many examples. The code is easy to rad through. As a Jewish person I see it myself. Sad.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/7-clear-ways-ferguson-police-violated-the-constitution-according-to-the-justice-department/

  5. Georgia says:

    BTW are you saying 95% of the jaywalking tickets are Black people cause white people don’t jaywalk?

  6. Harold says:

    We may never know the truth, and the Obama administration will not let this heal over and allow the good people of Ferguson to make any changes needed to improve their community and police dept.

    Ferguson is just another open wound, that is a result of a divisive WH who’s sole purpose seems to be to divide the country.

    Ferguson, and situations like this will be picked at and reopened every time this WH and DOJ needs a diversion to mask their own failures.

    This WH should put as much effort into “Fast and furious, the IRS scandal, and Benghazi”.

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