CPRC’s Research on Policing Discussed in Walter William’s latest Column

Jan 10, 2017 | Featured

Professor Walter William’s latest column talks about the debate over police killing suspects and he cites research by the CPRC in his newest national column distributed by Creators Syndicate and run in papers across the country.

A partial list of the papers that the article ran in include: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania), January 13, 2017; Gainesville Sun (Gainesville, Florida), January 10, 2017; The Daily Signal, January 11, 2017; Charleston Gazette-Mail (Charleston, South Carolina), January 11, 2017; Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Florida), January 10, 2017; Amarillo Globe-News (Amarillo, Texas), January 10, 2017; Nashua Telegraph (Nashua, New Hampshire), January 9, 2017; Spartanburg Herald Journal (Spartanburg, South Carolin), January 10, 2017;  Greensboro News & Record (Greensboro, South Carolina), January 11, 2017; Myrtle Beach Sun News (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina), January 12, 2016; Star Tribune (Casper, Wyoming), January 10, 2017; Burlington Times News (Burlington, Vermont), January 13, 2017; The Daily Commercial (Leesburg, Virginia), January 10, 2017; Oakland Press (Oakland County, Michigan), January 11, 2017; Greenville Daily Reflector (Greenville, South Carolina), January 11, 2017; Daily Progress (Waynesboro, Virginia), January 10, 2017; Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas), January 10, 2017; Gaston Gazette (Gaston County, North Carolina), January 10, 2017; Daily Tribune (Troy, Michigan), January 11, 2017; Clinton Herald (Clinton, Iowa), January 11, 2017; Townhall, January 11, 2017; Cybercast News Service, January 10, 2017.

The FBI reported that the total number of homicides in 2015 was 15,696. Black people made up about 52 percent of homicide victims. That means about 8,100 black lives were ended violently, and more than 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was another black.

Listening to the news media and the Black Lives Matter movement, one would think that black deaths at the hands of police are the major problem. It turns out that in 2015, police across the nation shot and killed 986 people. Of that number, 495 were white (50 percent), 258 were black (26 percent) and 172 Hispanic (17 percent).

A study of 2,699 fatal police killings between 2013 and 2015, conducted by John R. Lott Jr. and Carlisle E. Moody of the Crime Prevention Research Center, demonstrates that the odds of a black suspect being killed by a black police officer were consistently greater than a black suspect getting killed by a white officer. Politicians, race hustlers and the news media keep such studies under wraps because these studies don’t help their narrative about racist cops.

The homicide victim is not the only victim, whether he is a criminal or not, for there are mourning loved ones. No one ever fully recovers from having a son, daughter, husband, mother or father murdered.

Murder is not the only crime that takes a heavy toll on the black community. Blacks are disproportionately represented as victims in every category of violent crime — e.g., forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Today’s level of lawlessness and insecurity in many black communities is a relatively new phenomenon. In the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, people didn’t bar their windows. Doors were often left unlocked. People didn’t go to bed with the sounds of gunshots.

What changed everything was the liberal vision that blamed crime on poverty and racial discrimination. Academic liberals and hustling politicians told us that to deal with crime, we had to deal with those ”root causes.” Plus, courts began granting criminals new rights that caused murder and other violent crime rates to skyrocket. . . .

The rest of Walter’s piece is available here.