"Huge numbers of liberals and moderates think that over 100 unarmed black men were killed by cops in 2019. Many think the number is over 1,000 or 10,000. Even conservatives think it's about 100. The actual number is 13."
Not the Bee reports:
After the BLM riots this past summer, Americans are still charged up about issues of race and police brutality. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans have a very skewed understanding of the extent of the deadly use of force by police across the nation.
Skeptic Magazine recently conducted a survey in which they asked Americans how many unarmed black men were killed by police in 2019.
Among others, the discrepancy shown in the study was noted by DailyWire's Matt Walsh:
As you can see, perception around police use of force is directly correlated to political affiliation. Why would that be? After all, I've been aware of the general ballpark of these stats for years, following the Ferguson riots in 2014 when BLM first came on the scene and started touting systemic racism in the ranks of law enforcement.
Could it be that those on the left side of the aisle are hearing a counterfactual narrative from their preferred news outlets? But how could that be? After all, the mainstream media is touted as the austere fAcT-cHeCkeRs and purveyors of fActS. They want to shut down "radical" outlets like Fox that supposedly peddle in "disinformation," after all!
Why then do 22% of "very liberal" individuals believe 10,000 OR MORE unarmed black men were shot by police in a single year?
Why does the same group think that 60% of all police shootings involve blacks?
May I submit to you that perhaps, just perhaps, the "objective" media and their big tech friends aren't so full of facts and truth as they'd have you believe. Perhaps, after hearing months-long rhetoric on "systemic" injustice and brutality, the American public really does believe that thousands upon thousands of people are being slaughtered in the streets every year.
The consequences of such purposeful mistruth is staggering, yet the cameras remain singularly pointed on the rabble-rousers who broke into the Capitol.
What do you think the chances are that CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, and others will correct their disinformation campaigns with the truth?
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Hold officers accountable who use excessive force. But there’s no evidence of widespread racial bias.
George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist. On Friday, Barack Obama tweeted that for millions of black Americans, being treated differently by the criminal justice system on account of race is “tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal.’ ” Mr. Obama called on the police and the public to create a “new normal,” in which bigotry no longer “infects our institutions and our hearts.”
Joe Biden released a video the same day in which he asserted that all African-Americans fear for their safety from “bad police” and black children must be instructed to tolerate police abuse just so they can “make it home.” That echoed a claim Mr. Obama made after the ambush murder of five Dallas officers in July 2016. During their memorial service, the president said African-American parents were right to fear that their children may be killed by police officers whenever they go outside.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz denounced the “stain . . . of fundamental, institutional racism” on law enforcement during a Friday press conference. He claimed blacks were right to dismiss promises of police reform as empty verbiage.
This charge of systemic police bias was wrong during the Obama years and remains so today. However sickening the video of Floyd’s arrest, it isn’t representative of the 375 million annual contacts that police officers have with civilians. A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.
In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.
Read the full WSJ story here.