The Myth Of The Killer-Cop ‘Epidemic’

To hear the media tell it, America is in the grip of an unprecedented crime wave, an orgy of wanton murder in which heavily armed thugs randomly gun down innocent unarmed people, some of them teens, just for sport.

Except that these homicidal goons are wearing the blues and badges of American police departments.

It’s the narrative that’s given rise to the protest movement Black Lives Matter and to a growing public mistrust of the police in general. From Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., to the recent shooting of a middle-aged woman and a teen in Chicago, the body count seemingly keeps rising, exacerbating racial tensions and keeping the nation on edge. And each incident is breathlessly reported by a media determined to show that America remains deeply, irredeemably racist.

Problem is, it’s simply not true.

Last week, the Washington Post published a study of the police shootings that took place in 2015. Likely they intended the story to be shocking — as on Dec. 24, 965 people were killed by police! Instead, the report quells the notion that trigger-happy cops are out hunting for civilian victims, especially African-Americans. Among its key findings:

  • White cops shooting unarmed black men accounted for less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings.
  • In three-quarters of the incidents, cops were either under attack themselves or defending civilians. In other words, doing their jobs.
  • The majority of those killed were brandishing weapons, suicidal or mentally troubled or bolted when ordered to surrender.
  • Nearly a third of police shootings resulted from car chases that began with a minor traffic stop.

The moral of this story is: Don’t point a gun at the cops and don’t run when they tell you stop, and you’re likely to survive.

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  1. shutit

    “In three-quarters of the incidents, cops were either under attack
    themselves or defending civilians. In other words, doing their jobs.”

    Wow only 25% weren’t doing their jobs, great numbers to show off, only a quarter of police will kill you without good reason… promising.

  2. rbd171

    You are correct, we are not in the midst of a NEW epidemic. This has been a systemic problem since the civil war. Public and mass media have brought it to light.

    Your opinion piece only seeks to minimize it or ignore it all together.

    My guess is you do not have first hand knowledge because you are not black. Digging up stats to prove your point solves nothing because the black experience has lived stats that have driven some to fighting back.

    If you really want innocent cops not to die you had best figure out a way to understand the problem, otherwise, the rare bad shoots, and some of the good shoots will fan the smouldering fire.

    • Phil Oliveira

      You are an idiot. Stats are stats are stats. You cannot dispute them.

      As for the problem…Whites, with a population of 190 million in the US, are responsible for 42% of the crimes commit. Blacks, with a population of 29 million, account for 24% of the crime. The “Problem” you cite is actually your OWN problem.

      Furthermore, Whites are actually more likely to be shot and killed by a police officer than blacks are. Again, it a fact. Neither one of the two black people killed were innocent. Did they deserve to die? no, does anyone deserve to die? no. However, had they followed the instructions the police gave them they would be alive today.

      The blacks need to start a grass roots movement to actually deal with the real problem rather than blaming others for their own actions.

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