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5 Facts About How Many Blacks Are Shot By Cops

The Daily Wire has provided key statistics on cops killing blacks as well as how “systemic racism” in policing doesn’t exist. To continue with this theme, here are five facts you need to know about how many blacks are shot by police officers.

1. According to The Washington Post‘s 2015 police shooting database, 36 unarmed black men were killed by police shootings…out of 990 total people killed by police shootings.

In other words, around 3.6 percent of all people who died from police gunfire were unarmed black men. Additionally, 31 unarmed white men were shot and killed by the police.

2. Of the 36 unarmed black men killed by police gunfire, the threat level to police was determined as an “attack in progress” for 15 of them, “other” for 18, and three under “undetermined.”

Since the “other” designation is incredibly broad, here are some of the instances that fit in that category:

  • A man was shot while attempting to break into a motel room through a window.
  • Another man was shot when he ran at police officers “wielding a large tree branch.”
  • Another was shot when he attempted to grab something out of his car when he was ordered to put his hands up.
  • One man was unfortunately hit by a bullet intended for a man who pointed a gun at a cop.

In short, the majority of the 18 incidents under the “other” category involved those attempting to flee the police, seeming to grab for a weapon, or running toward a police either unarmed or holding something like a tree branch as a weapon. That pattern is consistent for unarmed white men shot and killed under the “other” category as well.

Some of the incidents under the “attack in progress” category included a man in Iowa beating a cop in the face with handcuffs and another man pummeling an officer in the face to the point where several bones were broken; the cop shot him only after repeated orders for him to stop and move away.

“An officer in such a situation can’t know whether he will lose consciousness under the blows to the head; if he does he is at greater risk of his gun being used against him,” writes Heather Mac Donald in her book The War On Cops: How the New Attack On Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe.

3. Out of the 258 blacks shot and killed by cops, 183 of them were in the “attack in progress” category, and 188 were wielding “a deadly weapon.”

In other words, the vast majority of blacks killed by cops occurred when they posed a serious threat to the cops.

4. From 1980-2008, blacks committed 52.5 percent of all murders in the country, despite consisting of 12.6 percent of the population.

This comes from the Department of Justice, and is therefore consistent with how blacks comprised nearly 26 percent of fatal police shootings in 2015.

5. Almost 6,000 blacks died by the hands of another black.

As Mac Donald points out, that means that the 258 who were shot and killed by the police are a “small fraction” compared to the 6,000 who fell victim to black-on-black crime, suggesting that the left’s anti-police rhetoric is nothing more than a facade designed to distract from the true problem of crime within the black community.

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