Factual Talking Points on Police Racism You Need to Know

Posted by Jack

According to a report by the Washington Post that is said to be extremely accurate by Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner, 998 people were shot and killed by police in the U.S. in 2018. The racial breakdown is 405 whites, 210 black, 148 hispanic, 35 some other race, and 200 of unknown race. 47 were unarmed, 23 white, 17 black, 5 hispanic, 2 race unknown.

These numbers do not support to common claim that blacks are disproportionately shot and killed to being killed by the police.

In 2016, latest numbers I found, 2,870 blacks were shot and killed by criminals of any race ; 2,570 were   killed by other blacks; 243 by whites; and 57 by criminals of other races.

More that 12 times as many blacks were shot and killed in 2016 by other blacks as by the police in 2018. Almost twice the number of whites were shot and killed by police in 2018 as the number of blacks shot and killed by police in 2018. As noted above, 23 whites were unarmed and 17 blacks were unarmed.

“”Unarmed” does mean the shooting was not justified. Police, as well as citizens acting in self defensive, are permitted to act upon appearances so long as it was reasonable. A toy gun that looks real pointed a police officer or a private citizen can created a reasonable  belief that one is facing imminent death or serious bodily injury. Shooting the one holding the toy gun will be justified in that instance.

From the Daily Wire. . .

1. Data shows that 93 percent of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks.

The left’s rebuttal is that that 84 percent of white homicide victims are killed by other whites, but The Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Riley points out that the white crime rate is “much lower than the black rate.”

2. According to Riley, “Blacks commit violent crimes at 7 to 10 times the rate that whites do.”

Blacks committed 52 percent of homicides between 1980 and 2008, despite composing just 13 percent of the population. Across the same timeframe, whites committed 45 percent of homicides while composing 77% of the population, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Here are some more statistics from the FBI:

In 2013, the FBI has black criminals carrying out 38 per cent of murders, compared to 31.1 per cent for whites. The offender’s race was “unknown” in 29.1 per cent of cases.

What about violent crime more generally? FBI arrest rates are one way into this. Over the last three years of data – 2011 to 2013 – 38.5 per cent of people arrested for murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault were black.

3. Black crime is even more prevalent in the country’s largest cities and counties.

Heather Mac Donald writes in her book The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe that in Chicago, IL, blacks committed 76 percent of all homicides, despite composing 35 percent of the city’s population. Blacks also accounted for 78 percent of all juvenile arrests. Whites, who compose 28 percent of the city’s population, committed 4 percent of its homicides and 3.5 percent of its juvenile arrests. Hispanics, who compose 30 percent of the city’s population, committed 19 percent of its homicides and 18 percent of its juvenile arrests. (Another eye-opening fact from Mac Donald’s research is that only 26 percent of murder cases were solved in Chicago.)

Blacks are 10 percent of the population in Los Angeles, CA, but commit 42 percent of its robberies and 34 percent of its felonies. Whites make up 29 percent of the city’s population, and commit 5 percent of its robberies and 13 percent of its felonies.

In New York City, blacks committed “75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime,” despite only composing 23 percent of the population, said Mac Donald in a Hillsdale speech. Additionally, 2009 Bureau of Justice Statistics numbers show that in 2009, “blacks were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 biggest counties in the country, despite only comprising roughly 15 percent of the population in these counties.”

4. There were almost 6,000 blacks killed by other blacks in 2015.

By contrast, only 258 blacks were killed by police gunfire that year.

5. The percentage of blacks arrested for crimes is consistent with police reports.

This is according to the National Crime Victimization Survey

This data disproves the notion that racism is what drives higher rates of arrests among the blacks than among whites or broader America.

6. According to Riley, “Black crime rates were lower in the 1940s and 1950s, when black poverty was higher” and “racial discrimination was rampant and legal.”

If it’s not racism and poverty that are blame for the high black crime rate, then what is?

7. According to Mac Donald, “A straight line can be drawn between family breakdown and youth violence.”

As economist Thomas Sowell points out, before the 1960s “most black children were raised in two-parent families.” In 2013, over 72 percent of blacks were born out of wedlock. In Cook County -which Chicago belongs to – 79 percent of blacks were born to single mothers in 2003, while only 15 percent of whites were born to single mothers.

“Until that gap closes, the crime gap won’t close, either,” writes Mac Donald.

Post Scripts can’t guarantee every single statistical fact posted here 100% accurate, because there is often a slight disagreement even within government reporting agencies.  However, the statistics noted are generally consistent with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports and they appear accurate within a plus or minus a 2% error rate.  

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