Police Shooting Racism Myth Busted

It’s a standard left-wing trope that American police officers are a mob of trigger-happy racists, always looking for a chance to gun down any non-white people they find. How often have you heard someone say “black men have reasons to be scared of our police?” Well, next time you hear a comment like that you can reply, “Oh, really?” Because finally, someone’s done the statistics.


A new academic study by Michigan State University and the University of Maryland has looked at every officer-involved shooting in the US since 2015. The researchers looked at a range of factors, including the age, sex, ethnic group and experience level of every officer who had shot a suspect. The results were interesting, to say the least.

  • The headline finding was that the race of an officer makes no difference when it comes to predicting the race of the suspect they shot. That blows apart the left-wing narrative that black suspects are more likely to be shot by white officers.
  • Making police departments more diverse by recruiting more members of non-white ethnic groups, has no effect on the rates at which different ethnic groups are shot by officers.
  • So far, the study isn’t all that controversial. A smaller Harvard study from 2016 found that white cops are more likely to use physical force when dealing with black suspects — but they’re more likely to use guns when facing white suspects.
  • There’s something about the new study that’s almost guaranteed to outrage the Left, though. It found that the race of the officer doesn’t affect the race of the suspects that get shot, and neither does the diversity of the police department. But it also found out what does affect that rate.
  • Quite simply, the ethnic group of shot suspects is determined by the crime rate within ethnic groups. Lead author, Dr. Joseph Cesario said, “If you live in a county that has a lot of black people committing crimes, black people are more likely to be shot. It is the best predictor we have of fatal police shootings.”
  • Will the Left pay any attention to this research? Probably not — they have too much political capital tied up in it. Just last week Pete Buttigieg (D-IN), the South Bend, Indiana mayor and presidential-hopeful, said: “All police work and all of American life takes place in the shadow of racism.” Stirring words — but just plain wrong.

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