Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Narrative of Systemic Racism Among the Police Force

Heather MacDonald argues to yes, hold officers who use excessive force accountable, but shows there’s no evidence of widespread racial bias in the police force.

“Political commentator and attorney Heather Mac Donald posted an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this week that argues police should be held accountable when they use excessive force, but evidence of ‘widespread racial bias’ by police doesn’t exist.

‘However sickening the video of Floyd’s arrest, it isn’t representative of the 375 million annual contacts that police officers have with civilians,’ Mac Donald wrote in her piece titled “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism.” Mac Donald continues, ‘A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.’

Mac Donald backed up that claim with federal statistics explaining that police shot and killed 1,004 people in 2019, most of whom were armed and/or deemed dangerous. Out of that number, about a quarter of those, 235, were black, which is roughly the same percentage every year since 2015.”

Read the entire article by Andrew Miller here at The Washington Examiner.

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