Sunday, July 17, 2016

Blacks and cops by the numbers

In an earlier post I asked why those who see racism in police violence against blacks never cite comparative numbers but only the total of black victims.

Walter Williams gives more information.

Challenges For Black People

Heather Mac Donald’s most recent book, “The War on Cops,” points out some devastating and sobering statistics: 

“Blacks were charged with 62 percent of all robberies, 57 percent of all murders, and 45 percent of all assaults in the 75 largest U.S. counties in 2009, while constituting roughly 15 percent of the population in those counties. 

"From 2005 to 2014, 40 percent of cop-killers were black. 

"Given the racially lopsided nature of gun violence, a 26 percent rate of black victimization by the police is not evidence of bias.”

So, blacks that year in those counties were charged with 9 times as many robberies per capita as the entire remainder of the population, 7.6 times as many murders, and 4.6 times as many assaults.

They were convicted of killing 3.8 times as many police per capita as the remainder of the population over the years 2005 to 2014.

But not quite twice as many blacks were killed by police, per capita, as persons in the remainder of the population.

All the same, why are our cops so heavily armed and why do they kill so many people of any shade or hue?

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