[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.
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.