At the Daily Caller: Attacks on police do nothing by harm

30 Oct , 2018  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at The Daily Caller that addresses the comments by Florida Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. It starts this way

Lots of Democrats are making it clear that they don’t trust the police. This past week, Andrew Gillum, Democrat gubernatorial nominee in Florida, claimed: “At the time that a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a taser, then they have already have to go too far by their very presence.”

Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running for the Senate in Texas, created a ruckus when he described police as the “new Jim Crow.” Others, such as Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, regularly call for an “end [to] over-policing in African-American neighborhoods.”

Gillumalso said that police were responsible for “repairing the breach” in the black community’s lack of confidence in police.

The news media has helped create a biased perception of systematic racial bias by police.In a study, the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that when a white officer kills a suspect, the media usually mentions the race of the officer. This is rarely true when the officer is black. 

Democrats such as Gillum and O’Rourke paint a bleak picture of relations between black people and the police, but there is other evidence based on behavior that, overall, black people trust police at least as much as whites do. . . .

The rest of the piece is available here.


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