State News Today Analysis
Recently released crime data for 2016 from the FBI shows that most blacks who are murder victims were killed by other blacks, statistics that directly counters the narrative from Black Lives Matter (BLM) that police are gunning down unarmed black men at an alarming rate.
“The data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests,” Heather MacDonald an analyst at the Manhattan Institute, wrote for the institute’s publication, City-Journal.org.
Nearly 900 additional blacks were homicide victims in 2016 as compared to 2015. The total was 7,881, 1,305 more than the number of white victims for the same period.
“Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks,” MacDonald wrote.
According to a report by The Washington Post, police in 2016 fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority of whom were “armed and dangerous.” The Post categorized 16 black male victims of police shootings as “unarmed.”
“That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest,” MacDonald wrote.
“Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police.”
The crime data show that, in 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population.
Violent crime increased 4.1 percent in 2016, and estimated homicides rose 8.6 percent. In 2015, violent crime increased by nearly 4 percent and estimated homicides by nearly 11 percent. The last time violence rose two years in a row was 2005-06.
MacDonald pointed to “the Ferguson Effect” as a main reason for the increase.
“Cops are backing off of proactive policing in high-crime minority neighborhoods, and criminals are becoming emboldened. Having been told incessantly by politicians, the media, and Black Lives Matter activists that they are bigoted for getting out of their cars and questioning someone loitering on a known drug corner at 2 a.m., many officers are instead just driving by. Such stops are discretionary; cops don’t have to make them.”
MacDonald continued: “When political elites demonize the police for just such proactive policing, we shouldn’t be surprised when cops get the message and do less of it.”
A Pew Research poll in January found that 72 percent of American police officers say that they and their colleagues are now less willing to stop and question suspicious persons.
“If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites,” MacDonald wrote.
“That truth has not stopped the ongoing demonization of the police – including, now, by many of the country’s ignorant professional athletes. The toll will be felt, as always, in the inner city, by the thousands of law-abiding people there who desperately want more police protection.”