Unarmed Killings of African Americans Numbered Under 10 Last Year, 4 Times Fewer Than 2015 *

* And unarmed white Americans numbered nearly 20, but you didn’t see that in the media, did you?

SOURCE, Washington Post (Tip: Click “Weapon” +“Unarmed” and then click “Race”): https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/police-shootings-2019/ ∙ JUNE 11 UPDATE: Apparently, after this “9” and “19” number of unarmed killings by police was sporadically making the rounds and receiving pushback by media gatekeepers after the protests erupted (and still ongoing), The Washington Post in early June went back and updated their database. They added around 14 more “unarmed” killings for a total of 55 (14 black, 25 white) in 2019 out of 375 million encounters and around 10 million arrests. Just around 5% of fatal shootings by police involve an unarmed individual. A more accurate headline would be, “Unarmed Killings of African Americans Numbered 14 Last Year, 3 Times Fewer Than 2015.” Go to asterisk graphic (*) at bottom of this page for more details and two-months-into-the-protests wrap-up.
2021 Update: For possibly the third or fourth time (or even more), The Washington Post has updated their numbers to the following: 12 black, and 42 non-black people were shot and killed unarmed by police. With 80% of all media stories being about black victims, this hard fact may surprise some. So let it be known that in the year before Floyd and the year of Floyd, unarmed killings that were black were about 25 out of 100 cases of people killing cops. From 2015–2019 in my main database I bulit for this article I found 35 out of 100 unarmed cases involved black people shot by cops. But this is a key fact almost never mentioned in the media (save for one time by The Washington Post): For the past 10 years, black folks (mostly young black men) were around 40 out of 100 people killing cops. This is a rate at least five times their share of the population. That’s the essential argument as to how Amerian police are NOT systemically racist. Systemic racism is if those numbers were flipped, with say 40 out of 100 unarmed people killed by black, but only 25 out of 100 people killing cops. But that’s not the case, and never has been, in federal and legacy media databases. NOTE: This article will keep the original numbers set in June 2020: 14 unarmed black people. (How they actually LOWER the total again after RAISING it, I do not know.) SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/police-shootings-2019/
NEW GRAPHIC MAY 31: Originally, this is the graphic I wanted for this piece. I’m literally hearing explosions down the street as I wrap this up. 38 unarmed killings of blacks by police occurred in 2015, more than four times more than in 2019. PLEASE SHARE. KEEP THE PEACE. (Sources and data crunching.)

Wait, What Is This Posting? Why Should I Read It?

But Isn’t Data Spin? How Can I Trust It? Or You?

OK, What’s Your Argument?

But First, Here’s a Video of a White Person Killed Not Widely Known and Sporadically Covered in National News

Let Us Begin (Media, Feel Free to Steal These Headlines & Data)

9 Unarmed Black People and 19 Unarmed White People Were Killed by Police in 2019 *

Yes, around 5% of both blacks and whites killed by police in 2019 were unarmed. SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/police-shootings-2019/
See June 11 note at top of this article or addendum at bottom with asterisk (*). Washington Post updated data to now show 25 unarmed whites and 14 unarmed blacks killed by police in 2019. SOURCES: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/police-shootings-2019/; https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/persons-arrested; https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/tables/table-43 (Data crunching.)

4 Times Fewer Black Americans Were Unarmed and Killed by Police in 2019 Compared to 2015. *

* It’s close to “3 Times Fewer” with new updates by The Washington Post. SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings/

Several Sources Indicate Killings of African Americans by Cops at All Time Lows, Dropping Nearly 75% Since 1970

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, 1968–2011. SOURCES: http://www.cjcj.org/mobile/news/8113 (liberal Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice); https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/12/18/racial_cop_stories_that_didnt_make_the_cut_125004.html (conservative Larry Elder). Also I’ve written extensively on CDC source here and here.
And blacks are not uniquely threatened by whites today, an ever common refrain from media, activists, and politicians. Sadly, the facts remain constant every year: Twice as many black people kill white people than vice versa, and in relative low numbers as most murder is NOT interracial. SOURCE: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-6.xls; https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-09-29/race-and-homicide-in-america-by-the-numbers
SOURCE: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/htus8008.pdf

Chicago Has Seen a Ten-Fold Reduction in Shootings by Police Since 1975, and Killings by Chicago Police Have Dropped In Half the Past Five Years

SOURCE: https://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6298&context=jclc (data published in 1982 by Northwestern University’s Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology)
HeyJackAss! is a snarky cop-run source of crime data. Their numbers are similar to those kept by The Chicago Tribune. The Tribune has published several articles critical of Chicago’s police culture, yet have only run this single story highlighting the significant drop in shootings from 2014 and before, let alone from the 1970s. Why is that? SOURCE: https://heyjackass.com/2020-police-involved-shootings/

“Unarmed and Killed by the Police”: Around 99.8% of Black Homicides and 99.5% of White Homicides Don’t Fit that Category

In other words, in 2016 about 0.2% of black homicides and 0.5% of white homicides come at the hands of cops when the citizen is unarmed and not aggressing. SOURCES: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm (CDC, 19,510 homicides); https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/16/what-the-data-says-about-gun-deaths-in-the-u-s/ (“Three-quarters of all U.S. murders in 2017–14,542 out of 19,510 — involved a firearm.”); https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database (The Guardian, killings by police 2015–2016); http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1948550618775108 (34 white and 23 black “unarmed non-aggressing” in this peer-reviewed research paper that concludes: “Overall, the data provide little evidence of systematic anti-Black disparity in officers’ decisions to shoot unarmed, nonaggressing citizens. Officers either showed no meaningful disparity in either direction or, if anything, an overall pattern of anti-White disparity.”)
SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2016/

Unarmed Blacks Are Disproportionately Killed by Cops at 34.5% of Total 2015–2019; But (Largely Unsaid) Blacks Are Also More Than 40% of Cop Killers

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

Data Proves Media Focus on Racism and Social Justice Issues at All-Time Highs Despite Arguably Lowest Levels of Discrimination in U.S. History (This is Why You Think It’s Really Bad Right Now)

Statistician Zach Goldberg regularly runs data like this showing media has gone gonzo for social justice rhetoric in recent years. Check him out. SOURCE: https://twitter.com/zachg932/
SOURCE: https://twitter.com/zachg932/status/1133822312606777346?lang=en
SOURCE: https://unherd.com/thepost/is-there-a-racism-epidemic-in-america/ (Zach Goldberg chart)
Media is flush with white liberal contributors who have a clear bias. Zack Goldberg wrote about this for Tablet. SOURCE: https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/americas-white-saviors
Even white conservatives over-estimate racism in one of the most often highlighted examples: Resumes with black-sounding names. SOURCE: https://twitter.com/ZachG932/status/1267563005262381058
This graphic and source I didn’t have in my original posting, but it may be the most pertinent. Like Philippe Lemoine’s statistical argument — who coincidentally connected me to Goldberg over Twitter — you can see how clearly attitudes and beliefs don’t match reality. SOURCE: https://twitter.com/zachg932/status/1259259908664496131
Actually, Zach is making data right now during the George Floyd protests that CONFIRMS MY HEADLINE! SOURCE: https://twitter.com/ZachG932/status/1266926255082999810

Bonus Graphics:

Interestingly, Heather Mac Donald ran these same numbers around the same time I did. I made this graphic and put it on Medium in parallel pulling the data from various sources. Killings by police are below 3% of total black homicides today (around 250 police killings and 10,000 homicides). SOURCES: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded-homicide/expanded-homicide.pdf (FBI homicide breakdown); https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm (CDC homicide totals); https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-09-29/race-and-homicide-in-america-by-the-numbers (race and crime data); https://www.vpc.org/studies/hispanic.pdf (homicide victim by race)
SOURCE: http://web.archive.org/web/20190331093610/http://policingequity.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/CPE_SoJ_Race-Arrests-UoF_2016-07-08-1130.pdf (Center for Policing Equity who tried to spin this data as uniquely bad and an indicator of entrenched police racism.)
QUICK LESSON ON MEDIA & ACADEMIC SPIN: A more accurate way of calculating this Center for Policing Equity data (used in the three figures above): Before even benchmarking for violent crimes, 1 out 22 arrests involve use of force for blacks, and 1 out of 28 times for whites. Here’s what’s really shocking: That 3.6% vs. 4.6% use-of-force difference does NOT factor in violent crime and Phillip Atiba Goff and his fellow academic writers obfuscate that fact in their own report! Page 17 of the Center for Policing Equity’s report on use of force says, “Table 5 shows that benchmarking to violent Part I arrests reverses the direction of the Black-White gap.” Reverses. The. Black-White Gap. And when one analyzes violent crime arrests as reported in the FBI Uniform Crime Report, as many as 1 in 15 black arrests are for violent acts compared to 1 in 24 white arrests. So while it’s true they found force is used “1.3 times” as often against blacks compared to whites, somehow the authors in the Executive Summary diminish the relevance of violent crime arrests saying, “Previous research has found arrests for violent crimes to involve police use of force only 1.3 times as often as arrests for all other crimes (Worden, 1995).” (Insert logic: Maybe that one 1.3 times difference balances out the other 1.3 times difference.) Page 26 the authors also wrote, “Might cultural mismatches and/or officers’ perceptions of cooperation be influenced by residents’ race? There is some suggestive evidence that there are racial disparities in resistance based on research by Smith and colleagues for the National Institute of Justice. They find that the rate of officer injury is lower when arresting a White suspect than a suspect of another racial group (Smith et al., 2009).” Thus, the small gaps we see on these charts can easily and rationally be explained by violent crime and resisting arrest differentials between black and white populations. All these stats were not written in the news coverage. The public spin by the authors passed through media filters such as the New York Times without skepticism, and presented to indict American policing as overwhelmingly systemically racist when their own data AND passing references to violent crime disparities say the opposite. Read more in a recent publishing of a Sept 2019 story on the author’s primary figurehead, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, and his connections to Kamala Harris (and his $5 million from Google): https://medium.com/@agent.orange.chicago/kamala-harris-bidens-vp-pick-your-next-candidate-to-libel-police-criminal-justice-1c797d705d05

In Conclusion

SOURCES: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/police-shootings-2019/; https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/persons-arrested; https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/tables/table-43

Asterisk Addendum (*): How A Washington Post Update Messes with Your Charts & Graphics + BONUS MID-SUMMER THOUGHTS

Chicago had 58 children shot in July alone, none by police, but this article adds a sentiment I’ve read dozens of times in the papers like The Washington Post and The New York Times: “This country is dangerous for black people. Black parents live with an ever-present fear that their children will become victims of state violence and terror on the basis of race.”
After Floyd’s death, international media followed suit with the familiar narrative and quoting celebrities, too: “Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed,” the actor Will Smith told Stephen Colbert in 2016. Colbert responded, “The revolution is not being televised, but it’s being tweeted.” Four years later, both remain. true.

End of Midsummer Update to this May 30 Post. Thanks for Reading.

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