Monday, September 7, 2015

Like this is a surprise?

California police killings database reveals 'clear racial disparities'

Well, the only defense is, per the NRA, a good offense.   That means everybody needs a gun to protect themselves from the cops.  That's nonsense.  What's not is too many people are being killed by cops.  We accept gun violence of all kinds all too easily.

I would like to see the mortality figures adjusted to show the effects of income and education.  If we compare poor white areas with poor black areas and cast the the death in some kind of a rate then the question will be are they about the same or not?  If about the same, then perhaps police are just a tad trigger happy in poor, but well armed neighborhoods.  If they differ and it's worse for blacks, then the police do have a problem that many would call racist.  Gee, if it turns out that the white rate is the highest, is that racism or what?  Gross numbers tell us only part of the story.

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