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Defunding the Police Will Not Solve Anything

Last updated on September 8, 2020

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

UNITED STATES – Democratic leaders unveiled a new civil rights and policing bill called the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.

According to NPR, the bill, “ban the use of chokeholds, decrease legal standards to charge criminal and civil penalties for police misconduct, and ban no-knock warrants in drug-related cases. The plan would also create a national registry to track police misconduct.”

Despite calls to “Defund the Police,” the Democratic bill does not address police budget cuts or the removal of police departments.

As I expressed in previous articles, I support the right to protest and the exercise of free speech. I also believe that the Black Lives Matter movement is correct in saying racism and police brutality is a problem that must be addressed with various policies. 

While I do agree with some of the beliefs of the BLM movement, I vehemently disagree with the call to defund the police. 

I have not actually read the bill the Democrats have proposed, but given the summation of the bill, I support it. The bill calls for major policy reform and opens the discussion to qualified immunity. I also strongly advocate for the use of body cameras and the national registry. 

These reforms and laws are the correct approaches to the police brutality issue in America. What is not a correct approach is dismantling entire police departments in the hopes it will eventually decrease crime or African American deaths. 

According to the Washington Post database, 5,403 people were shot and killed by police officers in America since 2015. While whites make up the majority of police shootings, when the population of whites and blacks is considered, blacks are killed more by police than whites. 

In the database, they have an option to search specific categories of the people who have been killed.

Black people account for twenty-four percent (1,293) of the total shootings. Black males represent twenty-three percent (1,246) and black females represent one percent (47). 

However, the number of blacks shot drastically decreases when accounting for the weapon they had on their person. Of the overall twenty-four percent of blacks shot and killed, fourteen percent had a gun (770) and three percent had a knife (174). The overall percentage of unarmed blacks who were shot and killed by police officers is two percent (123). 

When you also take into consideration the number of unarmed blacks fleeing the scene, the number decreases to one percent (68). 

White people represent forty-six percent (2,469) of the overall shootings. White males represent forty-three percent (2,333) and white females represent three percent (135). Of the overall forty-six percent shot and killed, twenty-seven percent had a gun (1466) and eight percent had a knife (406). The number of unarmed whites who were shot and killed by police officers was three percent (145). 

When you also take into consideration the number of unarmed whites fleeing the scene, the number decreases to one percent (55).

Data was reported on June 10th, 2020.

Also, Harvard Kennedy School did a study back in 2015 where it studied the notion of “black on black” violence. The report began by quoting prominent politicians on this subject. 

Ninety percent of all people killed in our city and 90 percent of all those who commit the murders and other violent crimes are black and Hispanic. It is shameful that so many elected officials and editorial writers have been largely silent on these facts.

Former New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg

The study then goes on to compare different figures and graphs. 

“Between 1980 and 2008, blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders”

Within that twenty-eight year time frame, they studied the race of different homicide cases.

“The vast majority of homicides are intraracial, with 84 percent of white victims killed by whites and 93 percent of black victims killed by blacks. Black males between the ages of 18 and 24 are dramatically overrepresented in homicide.”

The study also does research into the different backgrounds of offenders in Boston, MA.

“Between 2000 and 2013, Boston experienced 836 homicides. Nearly 74 percent of Boston homicide victims were black (615 of 836), and roughly 68 percent of arrested homicide offenders were also black (294 of 430). In cleared black homicides (218, 35.4 percent of 615), 91.7 percent of the offenders were black.”

Within the conclusion of the study, the wrote, 

“Disadvantaged neighborhoods that suffer from serious violence need and benefit from focused police attention. Black residents clearly want police in their neighborhoods.” 

“However, they want the police to know the community, treat residents with respect and dignity, prevent future outbreaks of violence rather than merely respond to incidents and engage with them in appropriately focused rather than indiscriminate policing strategies.”

To add on, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, in 2017, 2,970 blacks were murdered. 2,627 of that 2,970 was murdered by other black people. Also in 2017, 223 blacks were killed by police. Of the 223 police officers, only two were convicted of murder. 

Therefore, of the 2,970 blacks murdered in 2017, 88.45% were killed by other blacks, while 0.067% were killed by police. If the FBI UCR does a more recent report than I will update this article with that report. 

Lastly, Former Police Captain David Dorn was shot and killed on June 2nd. He was shot in cold blood by Stephan Cannon who was looting a pawn shop. 

Cannon is being charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The inconvenient truth of this case is both Dorn and Cannon were African-American.

What’s even more tragic is the Black Lives Matter movement’s attempt to paint police officers as the biggest killer of black people. By all available studies, the largest killer of black people is black people. This is a travesty that must be addressed by Civil Rights leaders and politicians. 

I am willing to stand alongside you and protest against racism in this country, but that begins with the acknowledgment that all black lives matter.

Where was the righteous indignation of the BLM Movement when David Dorn was shot? Where was the passionate anger of the BLM movement when they found out the majority of black homicide victims were killed by blacks? 

Yes, there should be major policy reform. Yes, we should all band in condemnation of the police officers who are racist and abuse their power. Yes, we should fight against institutions that express discrimination in any manner. Yes, we should fight for the black people who have been wrongfully killed by the police. 

However, if the BLM movement is to propose policies that radically change public protection, then there must provide evidence to back up their claims.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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