The Nonexistent War on Cops and the Myth of the Epidemic of Unarmed Black Men Being Gunned Down by Cops | 5/14/2018 | IWB
Mireille (Posted by) Level 3

In March, Sacramento police officers shot and killed 22-year old Stephon Clark who was holding nothing other than a cell phone. The cops thought he had a gun and he was running through the neighborhood smashing car windows and breaking sliding glass doors and he was high on a number of drugs. The protests afterward shut down a freeway and city streets, barred Sacramento Kings fans from entering the arena, and resulted in smashed car windows and other vandalism.

In July 2016, Michah Johnson ambushed and fired upon a group of cops in Dallas, killing five and injuring nine. Johnson was inspired to attack over the media’s perpetuation of the “nonstop” police shootings of black men. He stated he wanted to kill white people, particularly white police officers.

Dallas - Assault - Police - Officers - Activists

The Dallas assault on police officers is used by pro-cop activists as evidence of a war on cops. The Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Stephon Clark shootings in recent years are used by Black Lives Matter and others as evidence of the cops gunning down unarmed black men across America. Both are dangerously false and demonstrably divisive.

I do not think anyone should be shot by the police under any circumstance unless that officer’s life is obviously threatened. Many cops are far too trigger happy and blacks might be disproportionately targeted, but they also disproportionately commit a larger number of crimes and murders. Yet, I do believe racial bias is real and the militarization of the police is very troubling and should be pared back.

Percent - Americans - Census - Bureau - Polls

Less than 13 percent of Americans are black, according to the Census Bureau, though polls of citizens believe that the number is closer to one-third. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black offenders committed 52 percent of homicides in data recorded from 1980 to 2008. Whites, on the...
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