Saturday, November 5, 2016

Who Murders Cops?

PCG has long scare mongered that some sort of "race war," in which African Americans launch a wave of riots against the white majority supposedly everywhere at once. will soon occur. But that racist false prophecy will never be fulfilled. In fact it appears that a majority of those accused of killing police officers were white men.
Black offenders are not more likely to kill police officers than are white offenders. And in terms of raw numbers, white offenders actually killed more police than black offenders. A recent study in the journal Violence and Gender found that in 2014 white men constituted 54 percent of those who killed law enforcement agents. ...
Using data from the Officer Down Memorial Page, New York Daily News writer Shaun King has shown that in the first part of this year white men constituted 71 percent of the alleged cop killers. This does not include the recent shootings of white police officers such as Dan Glaze, Darrell Spells, Joseph Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle allegedly by white suspects — incidents that did not receive a large amount of national coverage or cause a panic within the right-wing news-and-entertainment media.(Chauncey DeVega, Are white men waging the real “war on cops?”, Salon, November 4, 2016.)

1 comment:

  1. It's good to know these statistics. Generally, I've been very much in sympathy with the Black Lives Matter campaign. However, following some of the high profile cop killings, even I had become concerned that perhaps an otherwise worthy cause was taking on an ugly texture. The fact is, there are always going to be unstable people who take zealotry to an extreme. Since the zealots have an outward appearance that is very similar to those in the original group, it becomes very difficult in terms of public perception to parse them out. In some peoples' perceptions, the riots have already told them everything they feel as if they need to know. Yet, a great percentage of the black community will not dial 911 in emergency situations because past history has informed them that calling the police often causes a bad situation to turn needlessly fatal.