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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

25 "Facts" on police brutality

I've saw this from a high school friend's Facebook post asserting it is a list of "facts" of "police brutality". Knowing what my friend often posts, I had to check his out. Take a look:
25 Shocking Facts About the Epidemic of Police Brutality in America

The tool comes at an important time. It seems every week new names of victims of police violence appear in the media. Twitter users often create hashtags to remember the fallen, many of whom are unarmed black victims, but activists can only recount so many heartrending stories of people killed by police....

...Yes, but there is no epidemic of black males killing black males? Oh, yea, there is. The numbers are there.

Recent news coverage of high-profile shootings in places like Baltimore and Cleveland have arguably raised public awareness of the fact that police abuse is a problem, but without data, it is hard to make a strong case regarding what to do about the perpetuation of overpolicing and police abuse throughout the country.
Shooting in Baltimore? Nothing out of the ordinary. The dead black man of the week the author refers to died from complications from a broken neck he had before the arrest.   
Facts don’t lie. The more the public is armed with facts, the better advocates can make the case for systemic overhauls. To that end, here are 25 actual facts about police brutality in America.
Figures don't like, liars figure. Here we go.
1. The number of people killed by police in 2014: 1,149, according to Mapping Police Violence, a research collaborative collecting data on police killings nationwide.
I checked out the web site. It's run by some race "activists" in their early 20s who's job is collecting data on police involved shootings. Forgive me if I don't take this as serious scholarship.
2. The number of people killed by police so far in 2015: 470, according to the Guardian.

3. The percentage of those people who were women: 4.6%, or 22 people, according to the Guardian.

4. Of those women, the ercentage who were women of color: roughly 41, according to the Guardian.

5. The number of people killed by police so far in June: four.

6. The state where two of the four shootings took place this month: Texas.
The stats on Texas may have to do with the size of Texas. Just pointing this out.
7. The likelihood that a black person killed by police, like 22-year-old Rekia Boyd (killed in Chicago), will be unarmed: Twice as likely as a white person killed by police, according to the Guardian.

8. The group as likely as black Americans to be killed by police, according to 1999-2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Native Americans — like 30-year-old Allen Locke, who was killed by police in Rapid City, South Dakota, the day after he attended a #NativeLivesMatter Anti-Police Brutality Rally in December 2014.
Funny, I'll bet these young black men have a much great opportunity to die at the hands of other young black men. 
9. The number of Latino people killed by police in 2015: 67, according the Guardian.

10: The percentage of those people who were unarmed, like 16-year-old Jessie Hernandez (killed by police in Denver in January): 25%.

11. The age of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a black girl fatally shot by police as she slept on a couch in her family’s Detroit home: 7.

12. The age of Tamir Rice, a black boy from Cleveland fatally shot by police while holding a fake gun in November 2014: 12.

13. The name of the 27-year-old black woman who was killed by police in Baltimore in 2015: Mya Hall.

14. In 2014, the state that led in police killings of civilians: California, according to KQED.
California? May have something to do with the fact California has the latest population in the country.
15. The number of states with zero police killings of civilians this year: four, according to the Guardian — North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont.
You know, that may have to do with the fact these four states have a total population of 3.3 million. Chicago, New York, Houston and New York are cities with larger populations.
16. The state that ratified a tough immigration law in 2010, which critics have denounced as a doorway to profiling and overpolicing undocumented, and documented, Latino people: Arizona.
And this has what to do with police shootings? Just asking.
17. The city that has paid out a whooping $129.7 million between January 2011 and September 2014 to settle civil rights lawsuits against police: Chicago, according to the National Journal.
Irrelevant. It's often easier and cheaper to simply pay someone ten thousand bucks to go away that show their case as worthless in a court of law.
18. The number of full-time state and local law enforcement agency personnel according to the most recent Department of Justice data: 765,000.

19. The estimated number of black Americans now incarcerated in the U.S.: 1 million (of 2.3 million) according to the NAACP.
And again, this has what to do with alleged police misconduct?
20. The number of officers involved in police misconduct cases in 2010: 6, according to the Cato Institute, a public research think tank behind the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.
Using your numbers, 6 out of 765K? 6? 6? .00000078 per annum? Sounds like an epidemic there.
21. The number of police officers convicted of a crime for killing a black person while on duty in 2014: Zero
OK, you are assuming they committed a crime. This is what we call in the law "presenting facts not in evidence". Translations, you're using a red herring. I'll leave that for you to look up.
22. The most common form of police misconduct in 2010: excessive force, according to the Cato Institute.

23. The second most common form of police misconduct in 2010: sexual assault. Oklahoma City police Officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, for example, faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting 13 women.
"...common form of police misconduct..." Got it, we have some cops that should not wear the badge. Got it. Now there is a problem you seem to not like. That officer is accused of "excessive force" has a right to his time in court and the chance to present his case to a judge and jury. Because a thug just out of prison says he was "abused' by the officer don't make it necessarily so.
24. The hefty estimated costs associated with civil judgments and settlements related to misconduct-related cases in 2010: $346,512,800, according to the Cato Institute.
Over how many cases? Let's see an average if you will. Let's be honest, if a cop in Houston or Dallas takes a thug to the ground and the turd files a complaint, the people of the jury will not likely be inclined to. Also, I looked up the report and they have no reference on where they get that number. Rephrased, they have pulled the numbers out of their ass.
25. The number of centralized and federally operated up-to-date police misconduct tracking systems: Zero.

Published on mic.com by Darnell Moore
Interesting question. Assume you start a dbase on "police misconduct", how do you define that? If someone says I abused them because I used force to get your hands cuffed while you are resisting arrest, will that be counted? Is an accusation enough for this placed?

Suffice to say this is crap. It's so bad it would come out of the current Justice Department.

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