WaPo unintentionally shows cops shoot mostly armed people who resist or try to run

WaPo unintentionally shows cops shoot mostly armed people who resist or try to run
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The Washington Post decided to investigate and come up with a tally of all the police involved shootings for 2015, apparently to not only answer the burning demands of the public, but to pick apart the data and draw some conclusions. I was expecting a deafening volume of hyperbole out of this report – and there was enough of it to satisfy some of the base – but when you read past the introduction and the dire warnings of activists, they actually do dredge up some potentially useful data. …

[I]t’s worth noting one side effect of getting the federal government so deeply involved in a media fueled firestorm such as this and trying to lay a heavy hand on local and state law enforcement. …

“We have to get beyond what is legal and start focusing on what is preventable. Most are preventable,” said Ronald L. Davis, a former police chief who heads the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Police “need to stop chasing down suspects, hopping fences and landing on top of someone with a gun,” Davis said. “When they do that, they have no choice but to shoot.”

Those last two sentences really say it all. The DOJ, at this point, is taking an attitude of telling police officers that they are doing something wrong if they are chasing down suspects and hopping fences. This should come as encouraging news to any armed suspects who are considering making a run for it rather than being arrested and brought to justice. …

[T]he racial breakdown of suspects killed by the police should be easy to guess if you just follow the breaking alerts on cable news. It’s mostly black people being shot by white cops, right? Interestingly enough it’s not even close. The total number of suspects killed by police actually comes in at 171 white to 100 black, with the rest of the dead being comprised of Hispanics, Asians, and “others or unknown.” …

Further, the common theme in the narrative journalism battle is that cops are constantly gunning down unarmed suspects. The Post is forced to admit that, well… not so much.

●The vast majority of victims — more than 80 percent — were armed with potentially lethal objects, primarily guns, but also knives, machetes, revving vehicles and, in one case, a nail gun.

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