Barack Obama has made his war on law enforcement a signature component of his Presidency.
He’s embraced the racist Black Lives Matter movement and promoted the idea that police unfairly target minorities.
But these numbers prove he has been spinning a massive lie.
In the final years of the Obama administration, he and his allies on the left latched onto the emerging Black Lives Matter movement as way to attack the police.
Leftists claim police are out targeting young black men for harassment and violence.
At a press conference in Poland this past summer, Obama commented on the police shootings.
Citing statistics showing minorities are more likely to be pulled over, searched or shot at by police, Obama said it was incumbent on the country to aim for better — including recognizing deep-seated biases that must be “rooted out.”
“If communities are mistrustful of the police, that makes those law enforcement offers who are doing a great job, who are doing the right thing, that makes their lives harder,” Obama said, insisting that recognizing problems within law enforcement doesn’t equate to being anti-police.
“When people say ‘black lives matter,’ it doesn’t mean that blue lives don’t matter,” Obama said, referring to police officers. “But right now, the data shows that black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. There is a particular burden that is being placed on a group of our fellow citizens.”
The left likes to trumpet the fact that 26 percent of all victims of police shootings are black as proof of the racist treatment blacks receive at the hands of police, when it’s actually 13 percent.
But these numbers don’t tell the whole story.
For instance, black and Hispanic officers are more likely to fire a gun at blacks than white police officers.
The Daily Wire reported:
“This is according to a Department of Justice report in 2015 about the Philadelphia Police Department, and is further confirmed that by a study conducted University of Pennsylvania criminologist Greg Ridgeway in 2015 that determined black cops were 3.3 times more likely to fire a gun than other cops at a crime scene. “
And writing in National Review, Heather Mac Donald also points out the disparity of blacks involved in violent crimes and the likelihood of a police officer being killed by members of certain races.
Mac Donald writes:
“The elevated black violent-crime rate is responsible for the fact that blacks overall are three times as likely to die from police shootings as whites are. That disparity is actually less than what black violent-crime rates would predict. In other words, the incidence of violent crime is what is driving the incidence of police interactions that can lead to officer use of force.
Over the last decade, black males made up 42 percent of all cop killers whose race is known, though they are only 6 percent of the nation’s population. A police officer is more than 18 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. Should police officers avoid dealing with black males? In fact, they put their lives on the line every day to protect the law-abiding residents of high-crime neighborhoods.”
A Harvard study also found no racial bias in police shootings.
The Washington Times reported:
“A study by a Harvard professor released this month found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings even though officers were more likely to interact physically with non-whites than whites.
The paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, which examined thousands of incidents at 10 large police departments in California, Florida and Texas, concluded that police were no more likely to shoot non-whites than whites after factoring in extenuating circumstances.
“On the most extreme use of force — officer-involved shootings — we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account,” said Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. in the abstract of the July 2016 paper.
Mr. Fryer, who is black, told The New York Times that the finding of no racial discrimination in police shootings was “the most surprising result of my career.”
But don’t expect the numbers and actual facts to dissuade Obama from continuing to lie about the police.