David Shuey
1 min readFeb 18, 2017


Haha, just catching this. I consider myself a liberal progressive. I just know these inconvenient things called facts and context. A ‘sheep’ today would swallow the narrative, which is police are shooting people because of racism. Not necessarily, says a renowned Harvard economist who just happens to be black:

From 2004–2013:

  • 43% of police were killed by someone black. (Washington Post)

From Dec 2014-Oct 2016:

  • 25% of people killed by police are black. (Washington Post, The Guardian)

According to The Washington Post, “There were 511 officers killed in felonious incidents and 540 offenders from 2004 to 2013, according to FBI reports. Among the total offenders, 52 percent were white, and 43 percent were black.” (Note: FBI groups Hispanic/Latino into “white” column, so that “white” number is likely around 40%, roughly equal to the “black” number. Again: Whites are 50% of people killed by police and blacks are 25%.)


Who kills police by race:

  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/01/09/are-black-or-white-offenders-more-likely-to-kill-police/

Approximately 25% of people shot and killed by police are black:

  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings/



David Shuey

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