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The Deadly Cost of America’s Anti-Cop Ideology

The Deadly Cost of America’s Anti-Cop Ideology

For almost two years, a protest movement known as “Black Lives Matter” has convulsed the nation. Triggered by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, the Black Lives Matter movement holds that racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today. This belief has triggered riots, “die-ins,” the murder and attempted murder of police officers, and a campaign to eliminate traditional grand jury proceedings when police use lethal force.

Even though the U.S. Justice Department has resoundingly disproved the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was shot in cold blood while trying to surrender, Brown is still venerated as a martyr. And now police officers are backing off of proactive policing in the face of relentless venom directed at them on the street and in the media. Violent crime, as a result, is on the rise.

The need is urgent, therefore, to examine the Black Lives Matter movement’s central thesis—that police pose the greatest threat to young black men. I propose two counterarguments: first, that there is no government agency more dedicated to the idea that black lives matter than the police; and second, that we have been talking obsessively about alleged police racism over the last twenty years in order to avoid talking about a far larger problem—black-on-black crime.

Every year, approximately six thousand black people are murdered. This is a number greater than white and Hispanic homicide victims combined, even though only 13 percent of the national population is black. Blacks are killed at six times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined. Who is killing them? Not the police, and not white civilians, but other black people. The astronomical black death-by-homicide rate is a function of the black crime rate. Black males between the ages of fourteen and seventeen commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic male teens combined. Black people of all ages commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined, and at eleven times the rate of whites alone.

The percentage of black people among civilians killed by the police—26 percent—is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings will occur most often in areas where cops are confronting violent, armed criminals and people resisting arrest. 40 percent of all cop killers have been black males over the last decade, even though black males are only 6 percent of the nation’s population. Yet standard anti-cop ideology holds that law enforcement actions are racist if they don’t mirror population data. New York City illustrates why that expectation is so misguided. Black people make up 23 percent of New York City’s population, but they commit 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies and 66 percent of all violent crime, according to victims and witnesses. Add Hispanic shootings, and you account for 98 percent of all illegal gunfire in the city. Whites are 33 percent of the city’s population, but they commit fewer than 2 percent of all shootings, 4 percent of all robberies and 5 percent of all violent crime. These disparities mean that virtually every time the police in New York are called out on a gun run—meaning that someone has just been shot—they are being summoned to minority neighborhoods looking for minority suspects.

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43 Comments

  1. samrocksc

    We can argue all we want about stats etc….one thing we know for certain is the acts of officers have cost taxpayers millions in riots, lost property, and protests. Love it or hate it, good with the bad this is happening and it’s reality, why it started is unknown, but there are people who are unhappy with their current state of policing.

    I guess since this is a law enforcement blog there will be a spin, I respect that spin. The real question is instead of whining about fault, perhaps it’s time to disable Internal Affairs and allow more civilian non-governmental oversight of police operations?

  2. ahaz

    This article is a classic response by LE. Obfuscate and deflect the problem and blame others for the cause. The mythical “black on black” crime rate has nothing to do with the actions of officer. Has nothing to do with the casual use of deadly force. Has nothing to do with the lack of accountability when officers are negligent in their duties. Has nothing to do with the circle the wagon attitude by LE and prosecutors are involved in questionable shootings. The fact is our police forces are too violent and too quick to exercise deadly force. They do not value human life as indicated by the 1200 citizens deaths at the hands of police last year. Our police will kill you for placing your hands near your waist, putting your hands in your pocket, moving too fast, or anything that they perceive as a threat to their well being. How many citizen deaths occur at the hands of police in the UK, less than 5; Canda, less than 20 and these differences occur in every major euro nation. The public simply doesn’t believe that our police are acting appropriately and groups like Black Lives Matter are keeping pressure on communities and politicians to ensure that police behavior and policies change to ensure that we are all protected. Thankfully video has finally brought to light police actions that minorities have been claiming for years and people are realizing that wel allowed the foxes to guard the henhouse for too long. We will take back control of our police departments so that the public can feel,protected when the encounter an officer. Do that the officer can once again be a trusted part of the community. Unlike today where police view each of us as a criminal and therefore worth nothing.

    • SteveInFL

      What exactly is mythical about it? Those are the numbers. But you cop haters never want those numbers. It’s funny that when anti-cop who cry about cops being to quick to shoot are put through the same training simulators that cops are they end up shooting just as fast or end up dead. The problem has been we’ve coddled the inner city thugs too long. America finally is seeing on the news the true debased violent nature of those who live off the tax dollars of others.

      • ahaz

        Black on black crime is a made up term that politicians and police use to denigrate and oppress the black community. In 2014 84% of the whites that were killed were killed by other whites. No one cries about white on white violence. Why is that? We all know why.

    • Unity Nowe

      Lying and propaganda is what they do best. Then they wonder why they have lost trust and respect. No cop deaths have been linked to anyone in the black lives matter group. Not a single one.
      Most people are not “anti cop”, but are Pro accountability for police. Most people just want the police to be held accountable when they lie , steal, rape, beat and kill. If the police would stop making excuses and blaming everyone but themselves for their loss of trust and respect, and focus on how they can regain the trust and respect, they would be on the right track. But instead, this kind of crap is what they produce. Just like their whole “war on cops” charade. They want to play the victim. As if police are dropping like flies from people hiding around corners, ambushing them every day. Heart attacks and unsafe driving are really the major factor in police deaths. Not to mention suicide.
      Posting this kind of crap doesn’t do anything to rebuild trust and respect. In fact, quite the opposite.

      • SteveInFL

        Lying and propaganda is what BLM does when their not looting or burning. All cop haters make the same claim they aren’t anti-cop.

    • docscience

      You are using wrong stats, it’s not arrests, it’s identification of the perpetrator in the national victim database at USDOJ that show the true image of the face of crime… those numbers agree with the article. Black men really DO commit over 54% of all murders.

      • edwardldixon

        I think you need to double check your stats. What you fail to see is that the over 40,000,000 Mexicans and Asians and Indians are all grouped as white in that stat to fudge the numbers to make it appear that Blacks are more violent. Look real close, if you are honest you will have the truth revealed to you.

        • SteveInFL

          Funny how the cop haters never want to hear the other side of the numbers

          • edwardldixon

            Yes it is funny how you don’t want to see the truth in the stats, yet just call one a hater just because. Did you look at the stats before you made such a unresponsive statement? You look at the facts. There are more and more statistics that come out every day that bare you statements out as untrue. Last week Kentucky is the only state that seems to be the opposite on the National stats. Will you at least read that one since it would prove your victimization statement for that state.

  3. Phillip King

    It’s very telling how you devils only acknowledge Black Lives Matter in regards to anti-cop sentiment when most cop killings are done by white males. Just another white supremacist publication that I can add to the list with American Thinker, Breitbart News, Frontpage Magazine and the rest. Now go back to where you came from…….hell.

    • archon41

      You mad, Bro? The overwhelming majority of the “victims” of “police brutality” paraded before us by Black Lives Matter share a common denominator: criminal conduct or defiance of lawful orders (as in ignoring repeated demands to drop a dangerous weapon.) In order of magnitude, there are lies, damned lies, and Black Lives Matter lies. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”

      You want to know why Black officers have successfully litigated their right under Title VII not to be exclusively assigned to police Black areas? Because they feel just as threatened by the “inner city” as their White counterparts.

      • edwardldixon

        You are not very literate, most by statistics were unarmed and the officer felt threatened by the motions of them.. Not a gun as you claim.

        • Unity Nowe

          You are correct. It is their fear and their hot tempers that actually kill. Never a good combination for anyone or any group of people who carry guns with no real consequences for their actions.

          • edwardldixon

            I think you need to double check your stats. What you fail to see is that the over 40,000,000 Mexicans and Asians and Indians are all grouped as white in that stat to fudge the numbers to make it appear that Blacks are more violent. Look real close, if you are honest you will have the truth revealed to you.

          • SteveInFL

            The honest truth is you’re a cop hater

          • edwardldixon

            Not at all, I have done a lot of work with the Police over the years. Including undercover work. So, bark up another tree with that one. People that know me know I do not hate the Police.

          • ahaz

            Want a cop to be held accountable? Be labeled a cop hater. Want police to stop shooting unarmed people? Be labeled a cop hater. Want to stop policing for profit? Be labeled a cop hater. Want police to stop violating 4th and 5th amendment rights of citizens? Be labeled a cop hater. Want to video police in action? Be labeled a cop hater. Want police to be better? Be labeled a cop hater.

          • edwardldixon

            True!!!!!!!!!!!

          • SteveInFL

            Pants up don’t loot

          • SteveInFL

            As opposed to the hatred of inner city thugs we kill each other but oh I forgot you don’t want to hear those numbers.

      • ahaz

        Criminal conduct does not mean that a police officer gets to conduct a summary execution. A cop’s job is to apprehend those suspected of violating the law…nothing else. A just for the record, a police officer is under no obligation to protect us as affirms by the SCOTUS. That’s just propaganda.

  4. archon41

    These observations bounce off “progressives” like water from a duck’s back. They just don’t penetrate the liberal noggin. As they see it, the extraordinary level of violence in Black areas is a function of the “poverty” imposed by a cold, heartless culture. A caring, sharing culture would fund a comfortable lifestyle for all, regardless of ability or earning capacity, thus removing the causes of violence. And ask not who is responsible for the disruption in Black schools, or the mocking of “learning” as a “White thing,” frustrating the teaching of the educational basics necessary to the acquisition of employable skills. You are (doubly so, if you happen to be Black.)

  5. Count_Iblis

    Obama, Eric Holder, and race race merchants like Al Sharpton are the major cause of this.

    • edwardldixon

      The major cause is lack of understanding or caring. I have been stopped by Police 5 times in a year. Guess what I was sited for? Nothing, how many times have you been stopped?? Since Eric Holder and Al Sharpton are race baiters to you. Who caused the offices to stop me. The last time I was stopped I told the Officer I knew he was going to stop me. He looked at me and said, I stopped you because of a cracked windshield. Just so you know he could not see it from the angle he was. Explain this!!

      • Count_Iblis

        Maybe you look like a thug, I don’t know. Everyone claims “they didn’t do knowing wrong” it’s a tired excuse and it’s mostly BS

        • edwardldixon

          It’s amazing that the first thing that you accuse me of being is a thug. My car looks no different than any other. The only thing different is my skin. I’m sure you don’t think that has anything to do with it. Right?

          • Count_Iblis

            I didn’t say you were, don’t know you. There must be some reason you’re being stopped and I doubt it’s just your skin color. But ok, keep playing the victim.

          • edwardldixon

            Do you see were i’m going with that. The lack of understanding of a person is how we get stereo types. Your assumption regardless is flawed and shows the misconception of who a person is. You made a judgement that I must have looked like a thug. Assuming that it how the whole racial issue gets to grow and get worst. We are so busy assuming what a person is or did to justify what happens and not really know the truth because we are fed what makes us respond that way.

          • edwardldixon

            I have a clean driving record. I have not been in any trouble. I drive the same streets home.. to and from work. Tell me what is it. You are the expert on me and my victimization. Did you tell Jewish people to not be victims. So, what I can see is what you don’t want to accept. Japan is still complaining about the Bombs dropped. I hear not a single person asking them to stop being the victim.. Where does that leave us? At a crossroads of, LACK!!!!!!!!!! Lack of care Lack understanding, lack of Love, Lack of Empathy, Lack of Sympathy and a world of Hurt and Mistrust, sounds so much like what some feel about North Vietnam, Cuba, Iraq, and the list goes on and on. As long as you have a dislike for something there will always be a LACK..

        • edwardldixon

          So, if a person claims they did nothing wrong then it’s a lie. Really? So, I did nothing wrong and was stopped 5 times and what I said is all BS.. So, I was guilty looking. I’m 57 years old and look guilty of what?

      • Scott Skeesick

        Was your windshield cracked? If so your argument is moot, you were in violation. Next bullshit excuse please.

        • edwardldixon

          Yes , but i was not in that car all five times. He could not see the crack till he walked next to the car. You see I have seven cars. Now what?

          • Scott Skeesick

            So you are only capable of committing a moving violation in 1 car or having an equipment violation in 1 car, got it. Next bullshit excuse.

        • edwardldixon

          If that was the case and I was in violation, why didn’t he cite. Mr. Know it all.

          • Scott Skeesick

            do you really believe that cops have to write a ticket for every stop? The fact that you lead your argument with a situation where the officer clearly had cause to pull you over doesn’t bode well for any other point you want to make.

        • edwardldixon

          It does not matter if it was cracked or not. Rationalized ability says a person cannot see a crack in a windshield from over fifty yards away. Try it you’ll see. He saw the crack after he stopped me. by the way you can say BS all you want. I do not use that language and ever. So, could you in kind not use it when responding to me.

          • Scott Skeesick

            I call them as I see them. The only rationalization I see is you trying to rationalize your poor decisions to make it someone else’s fault. Do you travel the same areas every day? I know of at least 4 cars in my area that have broken windshields right now and not a single one is within my line of sight as I type this. All I see is someone trying to use race as an excuse for getting pulled over for cause.

          • edwardldixon

            You are missing the point. I have 6 cars, all of them are fine. I have been stopped in all but, two of them. Only one had the cracked windshield. Again the Officer could not see the crack from the distance and angle his cruiser was sitting. Again, test it yourself, not even you could see the crack in a windshield or a fly on a windshield. It seems more like you are giving excuses for the Officer. I was there and you were not, but you know more about what happened than I do right? What makes you the wiser one in this. Would you tell a person that survived the camps under Hitler their story was not true? No, now we have to look at your motives as to what you real motivation.

            Note : I used to work undercover for the Police, I am no were a Cop Hater. I also know when I caught and robber they Police said, “You should have beat him up”. When I was Working Store Security..

          • Scott Skeesick

            And your missing the point, by starting your complaint with an incident where there was clearly cause to pull you over, any other complaint you have,valid or not, loses any credibility. No motivation, but when I hear, yeah my window was cracked but he couldn’t see it, it rings the BS bell with me big time.

            Note: I’ve been in law enforcement since 1988. I’ve seen this type of complaint almost daily for the last 28 years and 99% of the time the compliant pans out false when the footage from the dash cams is reviewed.

          • edwardldixon

            You are wrong. I have seen just the opposite. You are in Law enforcement, you will defend even a wrong Officer. The Blue Wall. I have seen it. I worked very close with Law Enforcement. I worked on drug cases also. I know what goes on. Dash cams just started being used in the past 3-4 years on a regular basis. I have done investigation for years. I know the limitation on the naked eye also. You are justifying a unwarranted stop. When I said, “I knew he was going to stop me, he went completely silent. Now that you’ve skipped over the fact that I have been stopped 5 other times, what do you excuse then with. Of course you may say you violated some law. Well again with that many stops you’d think there would have been at least one cite, “No, not a one’. A legitimate stop will produce at minimum a cite. I don’t care if you are and officer. Not even you can explain that many stops in 9 months and no cite.

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