Progressives over at the Washington Post are shocked that Black Lives Matter protestors haven’t caused the rate of police shootings to decrease. What??? You mean that when a bunch of white hipsters screaming “black lives matter” at black cops in black towns doesn’t change the rate at which police shoot suspects? What a shocker!
You have to feel sorry for these diluted progressives who think that protesting and rioting about racism is going to solve a problem that has nothing to do with racism.
From National Review:
Last week the Washington Post reported, with more than a little incredulity, that police shootings are on a pace to match or possibly exceed last year’s total. In other words, “even as demonstrations and anger have erupted in cities across the country in recent years, pushing this issue firmly into the national consciousness,” the police keep pulling the trigger. Why? The answer is in the Post’s own data. Last year it conducted a massive study of all fatal police shootings in the United States, and it found that — surprise, surprise — in the overwhelming majority of cases, the “police were under attack or defending someone who was.” There was no wave of racist executions, no evidence of cops systematically out of control. Instead, there was evidence of hundreds of snap decisions, almost all made in moments of maximum stress — including moments when men and women in uniform thought their own lives were in danger.
The number of truly unjustified killings nationwide is extraordinarily small. As the Post noted, white officers kill unarmed black men in less than 4 percent of police shootings, and when we examine those incidents, we find that the number of truly contentious shootings drops even lower. In other words, the vast majority of police shootings are unquestionably justified. A much smaller number represent good-faith mistakes. A tiny number represent criminal acts. Given the millions of police–citizen interactions, the risk of a fatal interaction is extraordinarily small.
This morning, the FBI released data showing that the murder rate jumped almost 11 percent from 2014 to 2015. While the rate is still far from that of the bad old days of the early 1990s, an increase of that size represents more than 1,500 lives, many of them concentrated in cities where the police have been most under fire. Activists often stupidly talk as if their suggested reforms would be cost-free, as if a city or a county could adjust a key part of a successful crime-fighting effort — police behavior — without affecting crime rates or the overall safety of the general public. This is foolish. Restrict police rules of engagement and you will grant the far more dangerous person, the criminal, greater latitude. If you maintain rules of engagement and yet try to change things like “unconscious bias,” you’ll intimidate officers into mouthing politically correct platitudes without doing anything at all to alter the split-second calculus that occurs when a man rushes at a cop in the dark, or when a threatening suspect won’t put down his gun or knife.