By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson
We have commented before on the political left’s continued efforts to characterize law enforcement as racist. In the face of FBI reports and statistics to the contrary, they continue to present arguments to support their debunked and dubious theories.
Uniform Crime Report, 2016: Violent Crime
One of their misleading tactics is to focus on the disproportionate impact of the U.S. criminal justice system on African Americans. It’s proof, they suggest, of systemic racism in law enforcement. The claim is lazy, pointing out that blacks, while only 13 percent of the population, represent far higher proportions of incarcerated subjects. And the fact that black subjects are stopped by police at disproportionate rates is, to the left, simply more proof of the corruption and racism.
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But here’s the part they avoid talking about: according to FBI Uniform Crime Reports, that same 13 percent of the population was, in 2016, responsible for 53 percent of murder and non-negligent homicide arrests and 54 percent of robbery arrests. Those are two of the very crimes where police response is particularly aggressive, especially in high crime cities like Chicago and Baltimore. And in the FBI’s arrests under age 18 category, the disproportionate criminality is even worse, with blacks representing 61 percent of murder arrestees and 69 percent of robbery arrestees.
Another tidbit the political left tends to be an ostrich on – the massive disproportionality also disproportionately impacts thousands of black victims as an estimated 90 percent of crimes like murder and non-negligent homicide are intra-racial according to the latest FBI statistics. In other words, when police dispatchers report a black shooting or murder victim, the overwhelming likelihood is that the offender is black.
Liberals continue misleading arguments in support of their “police target blacks” theme. They refer to the false Ferguson mantra of “Hands up, don’t shoot” when Michael Brown was killed by Officer Wilson and to other shootings by police. The truth is more whites are killed by police than are blacks. Of the 995 people killed by law enforcement in 2015, 259 were black (~ 25%). In 2016, 963 people were killed by law enforcement and 233 (~ 24%) were black. If law enforcement was “targeting” blacks, the number killed by police would be closer to the grossly disproportionate level of serious crime committed by blacks.
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Liberal icon and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson captured the essence of crime and its impact on the black community in remarks before an Operation Push meeting in November of 1993. He said:
“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved . . . After all we have been through. Just to think we can't walk down our own streets, how humiliating.”
So, what does it say about certain elements of black culture when even Jesse Jackson expresses relief at seeing a white person behind him on the street at night? He didn’t say his concern was a law enforcement officer was behind him. If Jesse Jackson can't get the point across to liberals, who can?