No, There Isn't an Epidemic of Racist Shootings by Police

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Police in riot gear advance on protesters as they attempt to clear the streets during a third night of unrest Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Gov. Ralph Northam issued a curfew for this evening. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Watching the media, you’d think that a racist police officer was killing people strictly for being a minority every single day.

Like everything presented to you by the media, that’s a sensationalized narrative that has little-to-no bearing on the truth. Police officers aren’t just committing racist murders; in fact, police officers are so concerned about being considered a racist murderer that they’re even afraid to do their jobs.

As I write this, Atlanta police officers are vacating their posts knowing that one wrong move could have them branded nationally as a villain of the highest order and their own government won’t even have their back about it. In fact, it’s proved that it will turn on them in order to foment the false narrative.

Heather MacDonald of National Review came across a study that showed the narrative generated around police officers has no foundation in reality, and that the number of shootings ties directly to the amount of crime a specific ethnicity engages in. In fact, it found you’re far more likely to be shot if you’re white:

new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demolishes the Democratic narrative regarding race and police shootings, which holds that white officers are engaged in an epidemic of racially biased shootings of black men. It turns out that white officers are no more likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot black civilians. It is a racial group’s rate of violent crime that determines police shootings, not the race of the officer. The more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that members of that racial group will be shot by a police officer. In fact, if there is a bias in police shootings after crime rates are taken into account, it is against white civilians, the study found.

The authors, faculty at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland at College Park, created a database of 917 officer-involved fatal shootings in 2015 from more than 650 police departments. Fifty-five percent of the victims were white, 27 percent were black, and 19 percent were Hispanic. Between 90 and 95 percent of the civilians shot by officers in 2015 were attacking police or other citizens; 90 percent were armed with a weapon. So-called threat-misperception shootings, in which an officer shoots an unarmed civilian after mistaking a cellphone, say, for a gun, were rare.

Will you be hearing anyone shouting about how white lives matter? No, but if we’re being honest, we shouldn’t really be shouting out about a specific race in particular mattering at all. The wholly rejected idea of “all lives matter” should be the one wholly embraced as it fits directly in with our ideals as a free nation.

However, the left has made an absolute sweeping effort to pass off the idea that racism is thriving in this nation, that police are a part of the systemic problem, and that the only way to solve it is to vote in Democratic politicians who apparently can solve the problem with a magical waving of a wand and legislation that you don’t need to look too far into.

In fact, according to one Harvard professor’s research, the most deaths surrounding racism occur because of the media directly. As I reported on Tuesday, when Professor Roland Fryer came to the media with his findings, their immediate reaction was to either ignore him or urge him not to release his study to the public.

(READ: Harvard Professor’s Research Shows Media Its Responsibility for Black Deaths and the Media Told Him to Be Silent)

The truth is having a very hard time piercing through the media’s wall of sensationalism and lies and the Democrats are doing their very best to keep the problem going, at least until November when they can cash in their chips for a better shot at the White House.

After all this, however, I’m not sure that their chances have gotten any better.

(READ: Calling It Now, Trump Is Going to Win)


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