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Offline The_Reader_David

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Racist Police Violence Reconsidered
« on: June 23, 2020, 06:19:25 PM »
Racist Police Violence Reconsidered
written by John McWhorter   


Tony Timpa was 32 years old when he died at the hands of the Dallas police in August 2016. He suffered from mental health difficulties and was unarmed. He wasn’t resisting arrest. He had called the cops from a parking lot while intoxicated because he thought he might be a danger to himself. By the time law enforcement arrived, he had already been handcuffed by the security guards of a store nearby. Even so, the police officers made him lie face down on the grass, and one of them pressed a knee into his back. He remained in this position for 13 minutes until he suffocated. During the harrowing recording of his final moments, he can be heard pleading for his life. A grand jury indictment of the officers involved was overturned.

Not many people have seen this video, however, and that may have something to do with the fact that Timpa was white....

So, the perception that the police regularly kill black people under circumstances in which white people would be merely disciplined is in fact a misperception....It is also worth bearing in mind that while police shootings are sometimes perceived to be abuses per se, an analysis of the Post‘s 2015 data by Kimberly Kindy and Kennedy Elliott reminded readers that:

In three-quarters of the fatal shootings, police were under attack or defending someone who was. The officers were often lauded as heroes… 28 percent of those who died were shooting at officers or someone else. Sixteen percent were attacking with other weapons or physical force, and 31 percent were pointing a gun.

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Police officers are too often overarmed, undertrained, and low on empathy. Some police officers are surely racist and act like it. But it does not follow that white cops routinely kill black people in tense situations out of racist animus. This scenario may seem plausible—I believed it until only a few years ago. But there are times when facts are counterintuitive, and it is important to get the facts right and to analyze them with clear eyes and a clear mind (the enlightening work of criminologist and ex-cop Peter Moskos is helpful in this regard). Rhetoric has a way of straying from reality, and to get where we all want to go, it is reality that we must address.

Excerpted read the rest here:  https://quillette.com/2020/06/11/racist-police-violence-reconsidered/.

« Last Edit: June 23, 2020, 06:20:14 PM by The_Reader_David »
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Re: Racist Police Violence Reconsidered
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2020, 07:28:42 PM »
It's a damn shame that Sen. Scott's bill is going nowhere. His bill makes a point of gathering data from all police depts not just when someone is killed, or dies, but also any arrest involving physical force. How in the world do you fix a problem if you don't understand what it is.

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Re: Racist Police Violence Reconsidered
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2020, 09:27:48 PM »
It's a damn shame that Sen. Scott's bill is going nowhere. His bill makes a point of gathering data from all police depts not just when someone is killed, or dies, but also any arrest involving physical force. How in the world do you fix a problem if you don't understand what it is.

I'm afraid it's only our side that wants to fix problems.  The Left wants to use problems as an excuse for seizing control of the state and expanding its power and reach into every aspect of our lives -- to them the only problem is one they understand perfectly well, that they aren't in control and that government isn't intrusive enough to make everyone do as they see fit.
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