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The 63-page study, “An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force,” appears to support research conducted at Washington State University showing that officers in simulation tests were actually less likely to shoot at blacks than whites.
The paper also challenges the contention by the new wave of civil-rights groups such as Black Lives Matter that racist police are singling out blacks for shootings.
The findings are nothing if not timely, coming after protests spurred by two deadly incidents earlier this month involving black men shot and killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Their deaths, which are under review, spurred a sniper attack on police Thursday in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter march that left five officers dead and seven injured.
The Guardian newspaper runs its own database, The Counted, which tracked US killings by police and other law enforcement agencies in 2015, and counted 1140 killed, with rates per million of 2.92 for "white" people, 7.2 for "black", and 3.5 for "hispanic/latino", 1.34 for "Asian/Pacific Islander", and 3.4 for "Native American". The database can be viewed by state, gender (1086 male, 53 female, 1 nonconforming) , race/ethnicity, age, classification (e.g., "gunshot"), and whether the person killed was armed (853 armed, 224 unarmed). The database has continued to add new cases into 2016.
MIAMI-DADE POLICE UNION PRESIDENT JOHN RIVERA MOTIONS AS TO HOW AN AUTISTIC MAN MADE A COP BELIEVE HE WAS ABOUT TO KILL ANOTHER MAN WITH A TOY TRUCK
It took less than 24 hours for a police union president to spin the story of how a North Miami police officer shot a man with his hands in the air.
The cop was actually trying to kill the autistic man holding the toy truck in order to prevent him from killing his caretaker with the toy truck.
At the time, the cop was still under the impression that the toy truck was a gun, so he wasn’t taking any chances.
This despite the fact that caretaker Charles Kinsey had repeatedly told officers that it was a toy truck.
“The movement of the white individual looked like he was getting ready to discharge a firearm into Mr. Kinsey,” said Miami-Dade police union boss John Rivera in a press conference today, attended by WSVN.
And the officer discharged trying to strike and stop the white male and unfortunately, he missed.”
Rivera went on to slam the media for reporting on this story.
“Be responsible in your reporting,” Rivera said in the press conference.
“We’re asking the community to please allow facts — not sensationalism, not politics — facts to allow to work their way through the system.”
But how about being responsible for who you shoot? Is that too much to ask?
The officer’s name has not been released, but he will probably be hailed a hero for trying to protect the caretaker, maybe even receive an award.
Although part of the incident was captured on cell phone video, it does not appear that the actual shooting was captured, which allowed Rivera to create his own scenario.
After all, the video that we did see shows the autistic man making no such movement.
Below is Rivera’s entire spin job in a video recorded by the Miami Herald.
grzegorz wrote:I never imagined that people would actually debate whether or not that shooting was actually justified.
in fact they try to weed out people who shoot innocent people.
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