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Black Lives Commit More Crime

From Marginal Revolution Black Lives Matter

As many have already noted in the comments, Tyler ignores how blacks also commit disproportionate more crimes than whites and are more likely to engage in deadly force against officers.

Related: There is No Systemic ‘War on Blacks’ by Police

From the comments:

Do White Police Officers Unfairly Target Black Suspects?

2015 statistics on murders and police killings in USA: Police killings: 986. Of these, 495 of those killed were white (50%), 258 were black (26%), 172 were Hispanic (17%). Murders: 15,696 total, of which 52% of victims were black, and in these cases over 90% of the perpetrators were black.

“Do White Police Officers Unfairly Target Black Suspects?” Abstract: “Using a unique data set we link the race of police officers who kill suspects with the race of those who are killed across the United States. We have data on a total of 2,699 fatal police killings for the years 2013 to 2015. This is 1,333 more killings by police than is provided by the FBI data on justifiable police homicides. When either the violent crime rate or the demographics of a city are accounted for, we find that white police officers are not significantly more likely to kill a black suspect. For the estimates where we know the race of the officer who killed the suspect, the ratio of the rate that blacks are killed by black versus white officers is large — ranging from 3 to 5 times larger. However, because the media may under report the officer’s race when black officers are involved, other results that account for the fact that a disproportionate number of the unknown race officers may be more reliable. They indicate no statistically significant difference between killings of black suspects by black and white officers. Our panel data analysis that looks at killings at the police department level confirms this. These findings are inconsistent with taste-based racial discrimination against blacks by white police officers. Our estimates examining the killings of white and Hispanic suspects found no differences with respect to the races of police officers. If the police are engaged in discrimination, such discriminatory behavior should also be more difficult when body or other cameras are recording their actions. We find no evidence that body cameras affect either the number of police killings or the racial composition of those killings.”

And also:

There were 6,095 black homicide deaths in 2014—the most recent year for which such data are available—compared with 5,397 homicide deaths for whites and Hispanics combined. Almost all of those black homicide victims had black killers. Police officers—of all races—are also disproportionately endangered by black assailants. Over the past decade, according to FBI data, 40% of cop killers have been black. Officers are killed by blacks at a rate 2.5 times higher than the rate at which blacks are killed by police. Some may find evidence of police bias in the fact that blacks make up 26% of the police-shooting victims, compared with their 13% representation in the national population. But as residents of poor black neighborhoods know too well, violent crimes are disproportionately committed by blacks. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, blacks were charged with 62% of all robberies, 57% of murders and 45% of assaults in the 75 largest U.S. counties in 2009, though they made up roughly 15% of the population there.

There is No Systemic ‘War on Blacks’ by Police

The evidence suggests blacks are responsible for most crime, which could explain why they are stopped and incarcerated at a higher rate than whites, as I explain in the post He Fit the Description:

It’s incontrovertible…the data shows that blacks commit most of the crimes. The left wants stops in proportion to the population, not the rate of crime. According to the left, since whites are 35% of the population, they should be 35% of the stops despite the fact they only commit 5% of all violent crimes. That sounds like bad policy.

Another good summary, by Daily Wire 5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks:

1. Cops killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015. According to data compiled by The Washington Post, 50 percent of the victims of fatal police shootings were white, while 26 percent were black. The majority of these victims had a gun or “were armed or otherwise threatening the officer with potentially lethal force,” according to MacDonald in a speech at Hillsdale College.

Some may argue that these statistics are evidence of racist treatment toward blacks, since whites consist of 62 percent of the population and blacks make up 13 percent of the population. But as MacDonald writes in The Wall Street Journal, 2009 statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics reveal that blacks were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 biggest counties in the country, despite only comprising roughly 15 percent of the population in these counties.

If BLM really cared about saving lives, it would focus on black-on-black and black-on-white crimes, which claim far more lives than white-on-black crimes or police-on-black deaths. The problem is not the police or ‘institutional racism’; the problem is dysfunction within the black community. Vastly more blacks die at the hands of other blacks than the police:

Whites are slightly more likely to be killed during arrest than blacks:

Of course, when whites or Hispanics are killed by blacks or by the police, it gets far less media attention:

how, the shooting of an unarmed white man by police isn’t drawing any attention from the mainstream media.

Unlike the shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, which have created yet another firestorm complete with accusations of police racism, the media is ignoring the death of Dylan Noble, a 19-year-old white man, on June 25.

With white deaths, there are no cute pictures of the victim when he was a ‘youth’, no protests, and no statements by the president.

It doesn’t help the BLM cause that blacks are also more likely to open fire on police:

The police believed Alton Sterling posed a sufficient threat to their lives, as there is evidence he was armed and was reaching for his gun as he was being apprehended. More details on this will emerge as the investigation gets underway. Even if it was a wrongful death, that doesn’t change the fact that blacks are still far more likely to die at the hands of other blacks than the police or whites. Or that black deaths by other blacks receive far less media attention. The left is impervious to reason, logic, and empirical evidence.

From AIM: Black Criminals, White Victims, and White Guilt

Finally, black-on-white crime is substantially greater than the reverse. The table below shows murders by race of offender and victim in 2013. Note that overall, blacks kill as often as whites, although blacks represent only 13 percent of the population. Note also that black-on-white murder is more than double the rate of white-on-black murder (409 to 189). Similar results were found for 2012, 2011, 2010 and prior years.

Let’s look at the other side now. In 2013 alone, 49,851 officers were assaulted with firearms, knives and other weapons. Over the past 10 years, on average, 150 police officers have been killed in the line of duty every year. Fifty-seven of these were shot, stabbed, strangled or beaten. Of the 509 officers feloniously killed in the past 10 years, 46 percent of the perpetrators were black, despite their representing only 13 percent of the population. Do we call this a black war against the police?

From Brietbart: 5 Devastating Facts About Black-on-Black Crime:

FACT 1. Over 1,400 more black Americans murdered other blacks in two years than were lynched from 1882 to 1968.

FACT 3. Despite making up just 13% of the population, blacks committed half of homicides in the United States for nearly 30 years.

FACT 5. It would take cops 40 years to kill as many black men as have died at the hands of others black men in 2012 alone.

The biggest threat to black lives are other blacks. This is the reality the left refuses to accept.

And from Research Gate:No evidence of racial discrimination in criminal justice processing: Results from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

Although African American males are arrested, convicted, and incarcerated at rates that far exceed those of any other racial or ethnic group, when adjusting for IQ the disparity nearly vanishes:

As discussed yesterday, on IQ tests African Americans tend to score lower than Whites, and low IQs tend to be linked with criminality, from the study:

For those easily offended by biological reality, as the police say, ‘just the facts ma’am.’

Free Speech, Democracy, and Crime

From iSteve: Kinsley on the Advantage of a Written First Amendment

European countries, obviously, do not have a statute protecting ‘free speech’. The result is people are occasionally apprehended (severty of punishments vary, from being detained for a few hours or days or, in exceptional cases, imprisoned for years) for communication deemed ‘incendiary’ or a ‘threat to order’ (hate speech laws).

The trade-off is, although Europe has no first amendment, it’s otherwise soft on crime, with comfy EU-approved dorm room jail conditions vs. America, which is very hard on crime (with mandatory sentences), with the worst prisons and longest sentences second to Iran or North Korea. In Great Britain, for example, a woman with an extensive history of shoplifting, when finally caught, the punishment was 12 hours of detention upon which she was released with no charges. Or Glen Stacy, Britain’s most prolific shoplifter, who has been arrested 400 times. In America, given the mandatory minimums, he would have to live forever to shoplift that many times.

Britain, as well as much of Europe’s, justice system is dysfunctional, imprisoning ‘thought dissents’ yet giving actual criminals slaps on the wrists, while America’s system may be too functional to the point of putting too many people away for too long.

The thing, is people get mad (especially those on the right it seems) when political dissidents are thrown in jail, but under a reactionary form of government that’s what would happen. And people get mad (both on right and left) when you question the sanctity of free speech. Democracy? No so much. It seems like everyone is on board the anti-democracy train. * But free speech is sacred. But you can’t have it both ways – reactionary government and free speech. And free speech and democracy are, in many ways, intertwined. Although speech laws may seem egregious, one also dig up plenty of egregious examples in America, too, like people serving many years for possession of firearms or drugs. Pick your poison, I guess

On a related note, this raises the question of what is the best way of handling crime: the libertarian/anarchist approach (retributive) or America’s punitive approach. Let’s consider the case of shoplifting, which is a very common crime, yet not so severe of nature that the appropriate punishment is not without a large degree of ambiguity. Libertarians may argue that businesses, not tax payers, should deal with criminals. Under such a system, the business or individual would administer punishment such as a fine and or banishment from the store. But that is not very effective since the thief can go somewhere else, in perpetuity. Or, maybe the store could exact a more severe punishment as a deterrent – beating the thief into a pulp, for example. But that may violate the ‘non aggression’ principle of meeting force with equal force. And some employees may, understandably so, have qualms about carrying out such a heavy-handed punishment. Civil demands are another retributive option, but since it’s civil, not criminal, the thief is under no obligation to pay. A thief with no assets can’t pay, either. That’s why the punitive approach is the most effective, by putting criminals away so they cannot continue to inflict harm on society, possibly with rehabilitation, but also lifting the burden off the private sector in having to choose a suitable punishment for miscreants; the ‘justice system’ deals with that. But as we can see with Europe and their petty crime epidemic, even that isn’t good enough in many instances, since these thieves, once released, continue to steal. On the other hand, putting too many people away for too long can strain resources that can be better spent elsewhere.

*In recent years, online, it’s actually hard to find people, both on the left or the right, who don’t have reservations about democracy. Some of the major criticisms of democracy are that it does a bad job (inefficient) at allocating ‘public goods’ and gives to much power to the ‘ignorant masses’, which are both valid criticisms.

More Homicides = More Incarcerations

From a discussion on hackernews, someone writes:

This bug almost looks like a feature to me. The actual bug is the criminal justice politics that has resulted in an incarceration rate of 256 in such a wealthy and homogeneous society as Washington state.

The incarceration rate in Washington state, while actually being the tenth lowest in the US, is 2-4 times higher than that of European states of comparable size, wealth and diversity, such as Sweden, Belgium or Austria.

There is perhaps a misconception that America is arbitrarily locking up people.

America does indeed have a much higher incarceration rate than UK, with a rate of 700 per 100,000 vs. 150 in England.

Of these, 50% are for violent offenders:

In debating incarceration, the left constantly raises the issue of ‘non-violent’ offenders, glancing over the fact that a substantial number of prisoners are violent, even for the non-violent categories. Property and drug crimes, while not classified as ‘violent’, have the potential to escalate into violence, and represent a threat to social order. The broken window theory posits that small crimes are a ‘stepping stone’ to larger ones.

America has a substantially higher homicide rate than many developed countries:

The homicide rate for Washington state is 2-3 per 100,000, while Sweden is just .70, Belgum 1.65, and .90 for Austria.

It’s not surprising countries with high homicide rates also have higher incarceration rates than countries with fewer homicides.

He Fit the Description

I fit the description….

A first-person account by Steve Locke, a black college professor, about being stopped and questioned by the police for a crime he didn’t commit, is going viral.

The article has a racial angle, implying that white officers are deliberately singling out blacks just for sport or due to prejudice.

Yes, it sucks being stopped by the police when you know you’re innocent – as anyone black or white can attest. But to cry ‘racism’ without actually looking at the data is the easy way out. I guess it never occurred to the left that the reason why more blacks are stopped than whites is because *gasp* blacks may actually be committing most of the crimes, as Trump and others have alluded.

Most of the controversy over racial profiling centers around New York’s ‘stop and frisk’ practice, which gives police the right to stop, question, and search individuals who are deemed suspicious for criminality.

An excellent article Distorting the Truth About Crime and Race debunks the left’s cries of racism over stop and frisk.

As shown below, although the fact that the number of arrests made for both blacks & Latinos vs. whites is the same, despite blacks being stopped more frequently, may suggest discriminatory racial profiling (due to the high rate of false positives), this is because blacks are more likely to be suspects in a crime.

From the article:

February 11, 2010: “Police officials have said that while a large percentage of the street stops involve blacks, an even larger percentage of crimes involve suspects described as black by their victims.”

The actual crime rates reveal that blacks are being significantly understopped, compared with their representation in the city’s criminal population, another reason for omitting them from the paper’s reporting.

Here are the crime data that the Times doesn’t want its readers to know: blacks committed 66 percent of all violent crimes in the first half of 2009 (though they were only 55 percent of all stops and only 23 percent of the city’s population). Blacks committed 80 percent of all shootings in the first half of 2009. Together, blacks and Hispanics committed 98 percent of all shootings. Blacks committed nearly 70 percent of all robberies. Whites, by contrast, committed 5 percent of all violent crimes in the first half of 2009, though they are 35 percent of the city’s population (and were 10 percent of all stops).

It’s incontrovertible…the data shows that blacks commit most of the crimes. The left wants stops in proportion to the population, not the rate of crime. According to the left, since whites are 35% of the population, they should be 35% of the stops despite the fact they only commit 5% of all violent crimes. That sounds like bad policy.

Contrary to the Times’s assumption, the fact that an identical proportion of stops of whites and blacks—10 percent—results in an arrest or summons strongly suggests that the police use the identical quantum of reasonable suspicion in stopping whites and blacks. The police stop a greater absolute number of blacks because the overwhelming majority of crime, suspicious behavior, and calls to respond to crime occurs in black neighborhoods.

Trump’s ‘Racist’ Tweet

Trump’s ‘racist’ tweet is going viral:

Everyone knows what Trump meant, which is that black-on-black crime is very high and that white-on-black crime is very low.

Some have argued that the tweet was intentionally wrong in order to get the media and people talking about the real statistics, which are still pretty bad:

Whites Killed by Blacks – 14.8%
Whites Killed by Whites – 82.4%
Blacks killed by Blacks – 90%
Blacks killed by Whites – 7.6%
Blacks (14.3% of USA Population) commit 47% of all murders in the USA.

For these stats, Hispanics and Asians are categorized as ‘white’.