Crime, not cops, is by far the largest threat to black lives

Crime, not cops, is by far the largest threat to black lives
Mekhi James, shot to death while he sat strapped into his car seat in Austin (Image: Legal Help Firm)

[Ed. – The message continually falls on deaf ears.]

It’s a truth urban prosecutors like me know well but that the activist fire and fury of our moment threatens to swallow: Incidents of black men ­being killed at the hands of ­police are exceedingly rare. Killing-by-police isn’t even close to a major cause of death of black men. Such incidents are rare … nationwide.

When they do happen, there is almost always a back story: the victim resisting arrest, attempting to grab the officer’s pistol or ­Taser. Watching the heartbreaking footage, I keep thinking, “Stop fighting the cops!”

There is a real threat to the lives of New Yorkers of color, but it isn’t the men and women in blue — but criminality in­ ­minority communities.

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In New York City in 2019, 319 people were murdered. Fully 88 percent of them — 280 people — were black or Hispanic. And 93.2 of them were murdered by other people of color.

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