The truth about Police killings

With all this virtue singalling and grandstanding over the hotbutton issue of racial injustice, I’ve found myself praying and meditating on this subject, while at the same time researching to see if the data supports the narrative that we are being force-fed through the usual media channels.

From the outset of the present manufactured crisis (yes, it is manufactured), I had sensed falsehood embedded in what we were being sold as prima facie evidence of a pervasive sort of injustice of which only one group was the victim, with the rest of society being to blame for it, and part of society being asked to endlessly deliver sometimes literally groveling apologies ranging from kneeling to washing or even kissing the feet of the presumed victims of the aforesaid injustice.

Alas, the truth is that the idea of a pervasive injustice in the form of some kind of systemtic racism in law enforcement is, in our present time at least, patently false. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us to examine all thins and retain that which is good. Therefore, it behooves us to examine, at least briefly, the data on this issue to see whether what is being said is actually true before we can discuss the apology that is needed for us to heal as a society.

When asked how many black people are killed by police every year, many people sympathic to the cause give answers ranging from the hundreds to as many as 20,000. Yes, 20,000. Yet how many unarmed black people were killed by police last year?

9.

Yes, 9. Of these, some had ambushed a police officer and were in the process of trying to take his gun when they were killed, which leaves only a few incidents in which we could reasonably argue that the police may have been in the wrong. However, even assuming that all 9 were unlawful, that’s 9 out of millions of interactions with police. Therefore, this phenomenon is extremely rare. So we must understand that the narrative is completely false.

Now, how many unarmed white people were killed by police last year? 19, a little more than twice the number for blacks. We may argue that there are 5 times as many white Americans, but we must also bear in mind that blacks have 10 times the interactions with police as suspects as whites do.

So, if you are a suspect 10 times less often, but are killed twice as often, this means that:

When they are interacting with police as suspects, whites are twenty times as likely to be killed as blacks. So we must understand that the narrative is not merely false, but outrageously so. If anything, it would seem there is a far deadlier trend for whites.

That having been said, with regard to deadly interactions with police there is no ‘white privilege.’

Some may argue that these statements ignore or trivialize the outrage or pain of the black community. To that I will say it’s unjust to demand that I validate violent outrage over a problem that doesn’t actually exist in anywhere near the proportion claimed.