The War On Cops

Between stops last Friday, I caught a segment on radio which stunned me. It was chock full of those inconvenient things Progressives and Ms. Pingree can’t stand. They’re called facts.

The subject was Black Lives Matter, who scream at us that white police officers regularly kill blacks without basis or reason. Here are a few numbers from The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe, by Heather MacDonald. Did you know:

  • If all police shootings were to end tomorrow, both lethal and nonlethal and justified and unjustified, it would have a negligible effect on the astronomical rate at which blacks die by shootings.
     
  • Black and Hispanic officers are actually far more likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than are white officers.
     
  • Black officers in the New York Police Department were 3.3 times more likely to use their guns at shooting scenes than white officers.
     
  •  As a result of BLM, we have the “Ferguson Effect": local police are backing off of proactive policing, and crime is going up astronomically, as much as 90 percent in cities with large black populations.
     
  • 2 percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of homicide are killed by police officers.  Four percent of all blacks are killed by police officers.
     
  • 6,000 blacks die of homicide each year.  That is more than white and Hispanic homicide victims combined, even though blacks are just 13 percent of the nation's population.  And the reason they are dying of homicide at a rate six times higher than whites and Hispanics combined is because they commit homicide at a rate eight times higher than whites and Hispanics combined.
     
  • Over the last decade, black males made up 40 percent of all cop killers, even though they're six percent of the population.
     
  • What happened in Dallas is an extreme version of what officers are experiencing every day.  It's why we have seen a 17 percent increase in homicides last year in the 56 largest cities.
     
  • A police officer is 18-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is likely to be killed by a police officer.
     
  • A Chicago cop recently said he's never seen such hatred directed at officers in his 20 years in policing.  He said this is an almost undoable job now.
     
  • As a result of DOJ takeover of 30 local departments, policing takes the backseat to paper pushing. There's been no administration in recent history that is more anti-law enforcement than the Obama Administration.
     
  • Cops actually hesitate longer to decide to shoot armed black suspects than armed white suspects, and are less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects. 
     
  • Poverty has nothing to do with it. The 1960s was the nadir of violent crime, yet we had a very strong economy. The problem is the breakdown of the family that is leaving kids without any socialization and any decent role models. 

It is extraordinary that some people believe that “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is real. It never happened; it's is a lie, picked up and promoted by the liberal press. It is sad and misguided that President Obama has embraced Black Lives Matter. This past February, he welcomed two founders of Black Lives Matter to the White House and commemorated them and their efforts and praised them as being better organizers than he is. He said he is "confident that they are going to take America to new heights”. Just what heights, he didn’t explain.

Posted on 10 Jul 2016, 10:47 - Category: State We're In



Farms & Fisheries, Technology & Tourism

Food and Jobs. Us Mainers are an independent, somewhat flinty, sometimes cantankerous bunch. We prefer to take care of ourselves. I believe government needs to support our farmers, fisherman, technology entrepreneurs and gracious hosts.  Let’s unshackle them to fire up growth for our economy.

Posted on 20 Jan 2016, 21:47 - Category: Business



On Faith

There is no question that people and groups who believe in a higher power – of most any flavor - tend to have better outcomes in life. Let’s get out of the way of and support the work of faith-based, charitable organizations. They are plugged in, on location and at the pulse of their communities. They are far more adept than government monoliths at solving problems.

Posted on 08 Jan 2016, 21:45 - Category: Family



Family

The family is the bedrock of civilized societies. The family unit is how we protect and nurture and educate our children into productive, active citizenship. Otherwise, we slip backward. I want to support Maine families by removing obstacles, by opening doors to success and by providing a compassionate hand up when needed. Enslaving families in the quicksand of dysfunctional welfare is not what I call a successful plan!

Posted on 02 Jan 2016, 21:41 - Category: Family



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