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Police Racism: A Manufactured Crisis (Video + Transcript)

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Jared Taylor cites Justice Department statistics and scientific studies that show there is no evidence of "systemic bias" against blacks in the justice system. Rioting and looting are wrong, no matter what the reason. Rioting and looting over an illusion — because of something that isn’t even true — is a tragedy.

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Hello, I'm Jared Taylor with American Rennaisance.

The United States is in an uproar over the death of Jorge Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. There have been demonstrations in over 400 cities and looting and arson in every major U.S. city. Why are so many people in the streets? Because they believe that American society is systematically racist and that the police brutalize and even casually murder black men. The news constantly tells them that the police are racist. And many people think the gruesome video of the death of George Floyd bears this sound. But let's look at the facts. Some may surprise you. Police in America make 12 to 13 million arrests every year. How often does this lead to the death of an unarmed black person? We know the exact number thanks to a Washington Post database of every killing by the police. No one else has better figures. So please stop. And guess how many unarmed blacks are killed every year? Two hundred. Five hundred. Last year, the figure was nine, just nine. And that number is going down, not up in 2015. Police killed 38 unarmed blacks in 2017. They killed twenty one. Well, what about white people? Last year, police killed 19 unarmed whites. In addition to the nine unarmed blacks in almost every case, whether the person who died was black or white. An inquiry found that the officer's actions were justified. Now, you may find this hard to believe, but in 2019, the chances of being unarmed, arrested and then killed by the police were higher for whites than for blacks, for both races. It was something very rare. One out of two hundred and ninety two thousand arrests for blacks and one out of two hundred and eighty three thousand arrests for whites.

But to repeat, the chances of an unarmed white man being arrested and killed by the police are slightly higher than for an unarmed black man. Well, what about the people the police kill who are armed? Since 2015, when the Post began tracking these numbers, the police have killed about 1000 people every year. One quarter of them were black. Now, this is about twice their share of the population, which is 13 percent. So is this proof of police racism? Probably not. The data tell us that blacks are considerably more likely than whites to commit crimes and therefore come into potentially violent contact with the police. Here are numbers for 2018. The most recent year available blacks accounted for 37 percent of arrests for all violent crimes. Fifty four percent of arrests for robbery and 53 percent of arrests for murder. In the overwhelming majority of cases, it's people who commit crimes like these who threaten the police and others who are shot by the police. In this context, for blacks to be only twenty five percent of the people police killed can seem like a surprisingly low figure. Here's another statistic. Every year, criminals kill about 120 to 150 police officers. And we know from this FBI table that every year, on average, about 35 percent of cop killers are black. So to repeat. Blacks are 13 percent of the population and account for 25 percent of the people killed by police. But look at these high levels of involvement in violent crime. They suggest it would not be surprising if blacks accounted for more than 25 percent of the people killed by the police.

Now, I have mentioned the high black percentages of arrests for violent crime. You may think that these figures reflect police racism and not racial differences in crime rates. You may think that biased police are arresting innocent blacks and letting guilty whites go. And that's why the black arrest rates are so high. Well, we have very valuable survey data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics that disproves this view. As this page explains, every year data are obtained from a nationally representative sample of about two hundred and forty thousand interviews on criminal victimization involving one hundred and sixty thousand unique persons in about ninety five thousand households. The government asks these one hundred and sixty thousand people if they have been a victim of violent crime. They are then asked lots of details, including the race of the person who attacked them. Many of these crimes are not even reported to the police. So the numbers in this survey are always greater than the numbers of arrests for the same crimes. However, and this is the key point, the racial proportions track almost perfectly. For example, the American public says that over half the muggers were black. So when half the muggers, the police arrest turned out to be black. Is that proof of police bias? No. The police are doing what they're supposed to do, arrest criminals without regard to race. They've been scientific studies of possible police bias against blacks and Hispanics. This paper published last year is from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Probably the most prestigious peer reviewed journal in the country.

It built a sophisticated database for all the fatal police shootings in 2015 and looked at them from every possible racial angle. Its findings under the heading significance. It wrote, We find no evidence of antiblack or anti Hispanic disparities across shootings, and white officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-white officers. You will not be shocked. In other words, by the police, unless you are threatening them in a dangerous way, you will not be shot because of your race. And this is true of officers of all races. Roland Fryer is a black economist at Harvard. He was angry after the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. So he did his own research on police killing. He carefully studied 1332 police shootings in 10 big city police departments when he compared the circumstances of each killing. He, too, could find no evidence of police bias. If anything, police were more likely to shoot a non-threatening white than a non-threatening black person. Professor Fryer said it was the most surprising research result of my career. Well, why did Roland Fryer find it surprising? Because just like the people who are demonstrating now, he believed what he read in the papers. And let me give you a very relevant example. On June 3rd, just two days ago, The New York Times published a long article with this headline, Minneapolis Police use force against black people at seven times the rate of whites. Sounds pretty awful, doesn't it? But this article says nothing. Nothing at all about racial differences in crime rates or arrest rates, not one word.

It would be like learning that the police were seven times more likely to use force against men living in Minneapolis than against women and getting outraged over anti male bias. Well, wouldn't it be important to know that men were much more likely than women to commit crime, to be arrested, resist arrest? Wouldn't male behavior and not police bias explain why police use force on men more often than on women?

So what was the situation in Minneapolis? Here are graphs taken from a Minneapolis police department report from 2009 to 2014. Here are the racial percentages of victims, suspects and arrests for an aggregate of violent crimes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault. Blacks were 12 times more likely than people of all other races combined to be suspects in these crimes and nine point five times more likely to be arrested. In light of these figures, can it be surprising that the Minneapolis police use force on blacks seven times more often than whites? Once again, the reasonable conclusion is that the police are reacting to behavior, not race. For the times not to have included this information about racial differences in arrests is either grossly negligent or just plain dishonest. This kind of reckless reporting gives people a completely false impression of the police. Now, I'm not trying to justify what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis. He was a big guy. He was resisting arrest to the point that even with cuffs on, a team of three officers couldn't get him into a squad car. The police had a problem on their hands, but keeping a knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes may have been homicide.

Of course, the solution is to indict the officer and punish him if he's guilty. But even if he is guilty, who can be sure that race had anything to do with what he did? He might have restrained a violent white criminal in the same way. The solution to all this is not to demonstrate and riot against police racism for which there is so little hard evidence. There may be some bad apples among police officers, but the system is working just as it should, almost without fail. Police deal with criminals properly without regard to race. I know that there is a tremendous head of steam built up behind the idea of police racism. But it's not the police who need reform. It's the media. This crisis will not end until the press stop presenting a false and dangerously inflamed picture of the American justice system. Rioting and looting are wrong no matter what the reason. Rioting and looting over an illusion because of something that isn't even true. That's a tragedy.

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