Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deathsIt may as well have said:
Niggaz Gettin'Shot For No Reason Yo!You know your in SJW wonderland when the subhead is:
Final total of people killed by US police officers in 2015 shows rate of death for young black men was five times higher than white men of the same ageThis is standard SJW argumentation. They THINK that people of different groups ought to be doing behavior at the same proportion as their population. They think that because someone said "all men are created equal" that it means they do the same things to the same extents. So they think that there is some conspiracy why black folks are 2% of tech companies while studiously ignoring why Asians are way overrepresented in the same. Surely black and white people commit the same amount of crimes that draw the attention of police and if they do they should be getting shot the same amount to. Of course the reality is that you don't compare populations, you compare activity engaged in by members of each group. Once you do that, it is entirely plausible and expected that a group that commits violent crimes at rates of 7x the white population would also find itself killed by police at nearly 5x the rate of whites.
Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police officers in 2015, according to the findings of a Guardian study that recorded a final tally of 1,134 deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers this year.Did I mention the 7x rate of violent crime?
Despite making up only 2% of the total US population, African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 comprised more than 15% of all deaths logged this year by an ongoing investigation into the use of deadly force by police. Their rate of police-involved deaths was five times higher than for white men of the same age.Did you know that for the age range of 15 and 34 the number one cause of African-American males is assault or homicide? The Guardian apparently doesn't think this is important.
Paired with official government mortality data, this new finding indicates that about one in every 65 deaths of a young African American man in the US is a killing by police. “This epidemic is disproportionately affecting black people,” said Brittany Packnett, an activist and member of the White House taskforce on policing. “We are wasting so many promising young lives by continuing to allow this to happen.”Epidemic you say? I dunno. I am FAR more concerned about the 64 of 65 deaths of African-American men who were NOT killed by police. That's a fucking epidemic! THAT is a waste of "promising young lives".
Speaking in the same week that a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio, was cleared by a grand jury over the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African American boy who was carrying a toy gun, Packnett said the criminal justice system was presenting “no deterrent” to the excessive use of deadly force by police. “Tamir didn’t even live to be 15,” she saidFirstly Rice was playing with a real looking toy gun with the "toy gun" marker purposely removed while in a park in a city that suffers from a lot of violent crime, often committed by guns that bear a striking resemblance to the "toy" Rice was playing with, outdoors, in a public part. I think it appropriate to ask why a 12 year old wasn't taught that his actions could have deadly consequences, and not only from police.
Protests accusing law enforcement officers of being too quick to use lethal force against unarmed African Americans have spread across the country in the 16 months since dramatic unrest gripped Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white officer.Ahh yes Ferguson where even the DOJ came to the conclusion that the shooting was justified and Brown did in fact try to rob a store. But hell, why not come to the defense of violent folks. Who gives a damn about folks trying to live their lives around these folks.
Overall in 2015, black people were killed at twice the rate of white, Hispanic and native Americans. About 25% of the African Americans killed were unarmed, compared with 17% of white people. This disparity has narrowed since the database was first published on 1 June, at which point black people killed were found to be twice as likely to not have a weapon.[Edit: This part is wrong. The Washington Post article's 4% claim is for unarmed Black men shot by White Police officers rather than by police in general. The larger point still stands: That unarmed black males are rarely shot by white police] This claim contradicts the report given by the Washington Post:
In a year-long study, The Washington Post found that the kind of incidents that have ignited protests in many U.S. communities — most often, white police officers killing unarmed black men — represent less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings.Both items cannot be correct at the same time. Someone is lying. [End Edit] The rest of the article is much like the Washington Post's piece so I wont go over it again. You know what the Guardian needs to do? They need to do a report on the number of black men killed by other black men across the country by state and by month. Put the results next to the killings by police and let the public judge what the real problem is.