After an extensive study of facts and a compilation of statistics, the Washington Post proved what I and every other current and former law enforcement officer already knew. The vast majority of officer involved shootings are justified and legal, and the assailant is almost always armed and presenting a danger to the officer or someone else at the time.I realize this completely contradicts the
As the Washington Post (hardly a conservative-leaning source) confirms, “… only a small number of the shootings — roughly 5 percent — occurred under the kind of circumstances that raise doubt and draw public outcry, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. The vast majority of individuals shot and killed by police officers were…armed with guns and killed after attacking police officers or civilians or making other direct threats.Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, said The Post’s findings confirm what police officers already know.
“We know that anecdotally, because typically that’s why police officers choose to use deadly force,” said Pasco, whose organization includes 335,000 officers nationwide. “These are circumstances where their lives or the lives of citizens around them are in imminent danger.”
“In 74 percent of all fatal police shootings, the individuals had already fired shots, brandished a gun or attacked a person with a weapon or their bare hands, according to an analysis of actions immediately preceding the shootings, which draws on reports from law enforcement agencies and local media coverage. These 595 cases include fatal shootings that followed a wide range of violent crimes, including shootouts, stabbings, hostage situations, carjackings and assaults.”Another 16 percent of the shootings came after incidents that did not involve firearms or active attacks but featured other potentially dangerous threats. These shootings were most commonly of individuals who brandished knives and refused to drop them.
The 5 percent of cases that are often second-guessed include individuals who police said failed to follow their orders, made sudden movements or were accidentally shot. In another 4 percent of cases, The Post was unable to determine the circumstances of the shootings because of limited information or ongoing investigations.
Much of the public outcry about police use of deadly force began in August 2014 when a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, after a struggle in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury declined to indict the officer.And as far as police targeting blacks? “Of the 800 people killed by police this year, almost half have been white, a quarter have been black and one-sixth have been Hispanic.”
President Obama recently stated, “The African-American community is not just making this up. It’s not something that’s just being politicized. It’s real.”
But as you can see by the facts, it’s NOT real, and a small portion of the black community IS making this up. Sometimes I think they want it to be real so they can continue to convince the majority of black Americans tthey live in a society where it’s “us or them.”Armed criminals and drug gangs are the worst enemy of the black community — any community for that matter. Why isn’t Obama pointing the finger at the real problem?
Here’s an idea Mr. President. Almost every police department in the country has a citizen ride-a-long program. My guess is you’ve never spent one minute in a patrol car and you’ve never spent one hour talking to a patrol officer. I challenge you to ride along in the busiest section of Washington DC. Spend eight hours in a patrol car and maybe you can speak with some authority next time you want to talk about what’s “real.”
[Note: This article was written by former law enforcement officer, Ashley Edwardson]