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studies out this year show that if police are biased, it’s in favor of blacks.
Heather Mac Donald
FBI Director James
Comey has again defied the official White House line on policing and the Black
Lives Matter movement. The “narrative that policing is biased and violent and
unfair” is resulting in “more dead young black men,” Mr. Comey warned in an
Oct. 16 address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in San
Diego. That narrative, he added, also “threatens the future of policing.”
Mr. Comey has spoken
out before. In October 2015, after he observed that rising violent crime was
likely the result of officers backing off proactive policing, President Obama
obliquely accused the FBI director of “cherry-pick[ing] data” and “feed[ing]
But as much as Mr.
Obama has tried to dismiss the violent crime increase that began after the 2014
fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the data are clear.
Last year’s 12%
increase in homicides reported to the FBI is the largest one-year homicide
increase in nearly half a century. The primary victims have been black. An
additional 900 black males were killed last year compared with the previous
year, resulting in a homicide victimization rate that is now nine times greater
for black males than for white males, according to a Guardian study. The brutality of these killings can be shocking.
Over the weekend of Sept. 16, a 15-year-old boy in Chicago was burned alive in
More police are being
killed this year too. Gun murders of police officers are up 47% nationally
through Oct. 21, compared with the same period the previous year. In Chicago
gun assaults on officers are up 100%. In New York City attacks on officers are
up 23%. In the last two weeks, four California officers have been deliberately
Gangbanger John Felix
prepared for his lethal attack on two Palm Springs officers on Oct. 8 by
setting a trap and ambushing them as they stood outside his door.
earlier, parolee Trenton Trevon Lovell shot Los Angeles Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve
Owen in the face as he investigated a burglary call.
Lovell then stood over
Sgt. Owen and fired four additional rounds into his body.
assassination of two officers on coffee break in Vallejo, Calif., on Oct. 17
failed only when the assault rifle used in the attack jammed.
on Oct. 13, police headquarters were sprayed with bullets by a car that then
fled, echoing a similar attack on Oct. 4 against the same police station.
second-guessing their own justified use of force for fear of being labeled
racist and losing their jobs, if not their freedom.
On Oct. 5 a female officer
in Chicago was beaten unconscious by a suspect in a car crash, who repeatedly
bashed her face into the concrete and tore out chunks of her hair. She
refrained from using her gun, she said, because she didn’t want to become the
next viral video in the Black Lives Matter narrative.
The Chicago Police
Department now wants to institutionalize such dangerous second-guessing. Its
proposed guidelines for using force would require cops to consider the “impact
that even a reasonable use of force may have on those who observe” it.
A Los Angeles police
officer recently described to me his current thought process in deciding
whether to intervene in suspicious or criminal behavior.
A man high on meth was
violently accosting pedestrians around a Santa Monica bike path. The cops were
“very hesitant to arrest,” the officer said, because “we knew we would be on
YouTube before we could get back to the station.” That reluctance to make
contact intensifies when the suspect is black, he added.
The Black Lives
Matter narrative about an epidemic of racially biased police shootings is
false: Four studies published this year showed that if there is a bias in
police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites.
of lethal force following an arrest for a violent felony is more than twice the
rate for white as for black arrestees, according to one study. Another study showed that officers were three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects
than unarmed whites.
We are at a crucial
juncture on law and order.
Police officers unquestionably need more hands-on
tactical training that will help them make split-second shoot-don’t shoot
Some officers develop obnoxious attitudes toward civilians that must
But as Mr. Comey said in San Diego, “Police officers are
overwhelmingly good people . . . who took exhausting, dangerous jobs because
they want to help people.”
No government agency
is more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police.
If the next administration continues to disregard that truth in favor of a false
narrative about systemic law-enforcement racism, the next four years will see
more urban violence and race riots, and more dead cops.
Ms. Mac Donald, a
fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is the author of “The War on Cops”
(Encounter Books, 2016).