This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 11, 2016:
Given the Washington Post’s politically liberal stance, their study published the day after Christmas seemed perfect: local police had been murdering innocents in greater numbers than ever, and here was the proof.
They assigned two writers to dissect and summarize the study, 2015 Police Shootings Investigation, subtitled “986 people were shot and killed by police this year.” Breathlessly, Kimberly Kindy and Kennedy Elliott reported six important “takeaways” from the 12-month investigation:
- Mental illness played a role in one quarter of the incidents;
- One quarter of the fatal shootings involved a fleeing suspect;
- Indictments of police officers tripled in 2015, compared with previous years;
- Six percent of the killings were captured by body cameras;
- In three-quarters of the fatal shootings, police were under attack or defending someone who was; and
- One in ten people shot and killed by police were unarmed.
The implications in five of these are clear:
- Cops deliberately shot mental cases without provocation;
- Cops shot people who were just trying to get out of harm’s way;
- Indictments are up, proving that more cops are guilty;
- Only six of the killings were captured on film, meaning that there were likely a lot more that weren’t recorded and therefore not counted; and
- One in ten people were unarmed, meaning that police were shooting unarmed innocents.
A closer look at the study, however, reveals a much different picture from what the authors tried to paint. In three quarters of the fatal shootings, the police were either under attack themselves or were defending someone who was. Of those killed, 91 percent were armed, some with guns, some with knives, and some with their vehicles using them as a weapon.
Michael Walsh, writing in the New York Post, smelled the phony narrative, pointing out that the report from the Washington Post found that:
- White cops shooting unarmed black men accounted for less than four percent of fatal policy shootings;
- The majority of those killed were brandishing weapons, [were] suicidal or mentally troubled, or bolted when ordered to surrender; and
- Nearly a third of police shootings resulted from car chases that began with a minor traffic stop.
Concluded Walsh: “These incidents don’t prove that the ‘real problem’ is cops. It isn’t an ‘epidemic.’ And it isn’t racist to suggest that some perspective is warranted here.”
Nor does it prove that police shootings in 2015 are the equivalent of lynchings in the late 19thand early 20th century, as proposed by a liberal college professor from Berkeley. Professor Jerome Karabel, professor of sociology, wrote a lengthy, heavily footnoted article that liberalHuffington Post was only too happy to print without disclaimers: Police Killings Surpass the Worst Years of Lynching, Capital Punishment, and a Movement Responds. Wrote Karabel:
Like the movements against lynching, state-sanctioned segregation, and the death penalty before it, today’s movement is part of a centuries-long struggle for racial justice.
He refers, of course, to the Black Lives Matter movement, which he says is just the latest iteration of that “centuries-long struggle for racial justice.” Sorry, professor, but you have failed to do your homework. The real beginning, according to a secret handbook uncovered by the CIA and exposed before the Senate Internal Security Sub-Committee on June 13, 1961, began much later.
After reviewing the document and hearing the testimony from Lyman B. Kirkpatrick, Jr., Inspector General on the staff of the Director of the CIA, the committee wrote:
Our police are among the foremost guardians of freedom and thus a major target of the Communists. The better the force … the more vital it is for the Communists to destroy it.
The Communists’ technique (or war against police) has been directed primarily toward discrediting the police in the eyes of the public.
There is a natural antipathy between the police and Communists. The police learn early in their careers that the Communist Party is not just another political party but is an international conspiracy.
A campaign against the police in one free country is not planned and directed by that country; it is planned and directed by the strategists of international Communism.
Professor Karabel could then have made the connection between that 1961 document and Black Lives Matter, co-founded by three revolutionaries, at least one of whom has communist and Marxist sympathies.
The Washington Post study, purporting to prove that renegade local police are murdering innocents by the thousands (and leading inevitably and eventually to the conclusion that a national/federal police is needed to take their place), showed exactly the opposite. In a nation of 320 million, local police, doing their duty to protect innocents, killed less than 1,000 individuals, most of whom would still be alive today if they hadn’t threatened the police with weapons or had followed their orders. That many of them were black unfortunately reflects the simple fact that, between 1980 and 2008, according to the Department of Justice, blacks committed 52 percent of the murders in America while they represented just 12 percent of the population.
The local police were just doing their job: keeping the rest of us safe from criminals. That’s why the slogan, penned back in the ’60s, Support Your Local Police and Keep Them Independent, resonates even more strongly today.
Washington Post: 986 people were shot and killed by police this year
Michael Walsh in the New York Post: The myth of the killer-cop ‘epidemic’