You are a 24 year old police officer with a wife and two young children at home. Like most days you kissed your wife goodbye and took a last look at the children playing in the back yard before heading off to work the second shift as a patrol officer. Your evening was uneventful with the typical traffic stops and a disturbing the peace call that went better than expected.
At 10:30 PM shortly before shift change you get the call of a home invasion 5 blocks away in an otherwise peaceful, working class neighborhood. You arrive within minutes.
First on the scene, your training kicks in to guide the decisions to be made. No lights are on outside the home. The 911 call was brief from a frightened woman only sharing her fear for her children and that she heard voices and a window breaking. Your mind races: do I go in, inspect the perimeter of the house, announce my presence, wait for backup and/or draw my weapon?
As you approach the front door, a woman’s scream rings out. Instincts take over and you breach the locked front door. Entering a dark room you glimpse a light from a back room and hear the struggle and deep male voices. As you move forward, covering the fifteen feet in less than a second, you simultaneously announce your presence and raise your sidearm. Two large hooded figures loom over the struggling and bleeding body of the young woman.
You have one second to decide what to do.
In a large city 100 miles away, a 30-year veteran law enforcement officer is patrolling his assigned area thinking about his upcoming retirement party planned for next weekend. Approaching an intersection, his attention is drawn to a speeding vehicle running the red light. He initiates pursuit and calls in the situation. The chase is short with the suspect vehicle pulling over onto a darkly lit street off the main thoroughfare. He can see 5 heads, two in hoodies, sitting in the car busily passing something around under view. After calling for backup, the officer approaches the driver’s window with great caution. His mind races: are they armed, are drugs or alcohol involved, were they getting away from a crime scene? He is 15 feet away when the passenger doors front and rear swing open and two men start to get out. In but a few seconds it will be all over. Peaceful arrest or shootout?
Similar scenarios happen many times a day. Police officers in the line of duty are confronted by life or death decisions under extreme circumstances. They are instructed to always use the minimum amount of force required to effectively handle any situation. A subjective review board, and possibly a court, will decide after the fact if they overstepped their bounds.
Recently police actions primarily involving black assailants have prompted the current administration and many in the main stream media to attack the officer and law enforcement in general. With no basis other than the perpetrator was black, the usual racial spin is applied. This emotional and politically based response has spilled over to a rising fear based campaign challenging law enforcement use of tactical units heavily armed with advance training.
With this perspective, let’s look at the facts:
Recent FBI data reports that the approximately 800,000 police officers in the United States make over 12,000,000 arrests each year. Of those arrests, over 500,000 are for violent crimes. Of the arrests involving violent crime, fewer than 1600 or 0.32% result in the filing of an excessive force complaint, approximately 250 or 0.05% involve the officer’s use of a firearm. After investigation, fewer than 650 are convicted of misconduct.
That is 650 or 0.13% are convicted of using excessive force while executing over 500,000 arrests for violent crimes!
These facts unequivocally confirm that our law enforcement professionals are doing an extraordinary job under the most difficult of conditions. Day in and day out, our police are working in harm’s way and faced with life and death decisions.
It seems that the only time we see the predominantly heroic efforts of law enforcement in the main stream media or by the current administration is when it involves the unfortunate death of a black youth. The black youth is almost always portrayed as the victim before any hard facts are revealed. The only explanation for this consistently one sided arbitrary reporting and leadership positioning is politics!
“Crime Stats Alarm Black Leaders”
“JANUARY 26, 2014 AFP 13 COMMENTS
“Shocking new study on youth arrests lays bare facts about crime and race in America”
By Victor Thorn
The implications are shocking: Nearly 50% of all black males and 38% of white men will be arrested by the age of 23. These statistics, compiled by four college professors between the years 1997-2008, were published in the January 6 edition of the journal Crime & Delinquency.
The biggest question one takes away from this study is what types of crimes are these young adults committing? Not surprisingly, there exists a great deal of variance depending on the perpetrator’s race.
A 2012 study by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention revealed that in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts.
Similar statistics were released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the “Uniform Crime Reports.” They determined, “In the year 2008, black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58% for homicide and 67% for robbery.” By contrast, the only categories where white youths surpassed blacks were in liquor law violations and driving under the influence.
Even black civil rights advocates such as Van Jones, President Barack Obama’s former green jobs czar, confirmed these findings. In his October 5, 2005 article, “Are Blacks a Criminal Race?” Jones wrote, “African American youth represent 32% of all weapons arrests [and] were arrested for aggravated assault at a rate nearly three times that of whites.”
To better comprehend this trend, on January 10 AMERICAN FREE PRESS spoke with veteran journalist and author Alan Caruba. When questioned about the proliferation of black crime, Caruba explained, “The black community is afflicted with all kinds of problems based on a long history of failing to integrate fully into the overall community.””
Perhaps the greatest disappointment (one of many) of the current administration is its total failure to address the black community’s government subsidized continuing self- destruction. Fatherless families, unemployment and black on black crime is rampant. Self-reliance and personal accountability are all but abandoned principles. Instead of addressing this travesty head-on, President Obama and the main stream media have turned the situation on its head and are using it to further polarize America while making the police out to be the bad guys!
Our local police put it all on the line every day to protect us and preserve the peace. They are hardworking, generally under paid and perform extraordinarily well under the most dangerous and difficult of circumstances.
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