Statistics show an increase in the number of homicides reported last year, with the primary victims being black. More police are also being killed, gun assaults on officers are up, and attacks on officers are up also.
Last year, President Obama indirectly accused FBI Director James Comey of “cherry pick[ing] data” and “feed[ing] political agendas,” when Comey observed that rising violent crime was “likely the result of officers backing off proactive policing.”
“Officers are second-guessing their own justified use of force for fear of being labeled racist and losing their jobs,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
During an Oct 16 address to the Int’l Association of Chiefs of Police, Director Comey warned: The “narrative that policing is biased and violent and unfair” is resulting in “more dead young black men.” He also said this narrative “threatens the future of policing.”
The narrative of the BLM movement about an “epidemic of racially biased police shootings, is false.” If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites, according to four studies published this year, the WSJ reported.
A study by the Center for Policing Equity found that, “Officers’ use of lethal force following an arrest for a violent felony is more than twice the rate for white as for black arrestees.” Another study, conducted by researchers at Washington State University, showed that officers were “three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed whites.”
Earlier this month, a female cop in Chicago said she avoided using her gun for fear she’d become the next “viral video in the Black Lives Matter narrative.” She was “beaten unconscious by a suspect in a car crash, who repeatedly bashed her face into the concrete and tore out chunks of her hair,” according to WSJ.com.
Officers in Los Angeles say they’re sometimes reluctant about making contact with suspects that appear to be involved in suspicious, criminal behavior because they’re afraid they might appear on YouTube. They add that this hesitation ‘intensifies’ when the suspect is black.
Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, says: “We are at a crucial juncture on law and order…. No government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police.” When Mr. Comey was addressing the COP’s in San Diego ten days ago, he said: “Police officers are overwhelmingly good people . . . who took exhausting, dangerous jobs because they want to help people.”
Ms. Mac Donald, the author of “The War on Cops,” believes that “If the next administration continues to disregard the truth in favor of a false narrative about systemic law-enforcement racism, the next four years will see more urban violence and race riots, and more dead cops.”
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