US police have 375 million encounters with civilians a year
They killed 1004 people last year. 235 of these were black. 226 of the black fatalities were armed (96%)
9 unarmed blacks & 19 unarmed whites were killed by US police last year, out of a population of 330 million.
The 9 represent 0.1% of 7,407 black murder victims last year (in most years circa 90% of black victims are killed by black perpetrators). A US police officer (of any race) is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is by a police officer.
Black deaths= 23% of people killed by police in 2019. The black proportion of the US population= 13%. Police interact most closely with the population of offenders. 53% of recorded murders & 60% of robberies were committed by black perpetrators according to recent figures.
Any lives lost as a result of malevolent police officers drunk on power are tragedies, & the perpetrators (including those in the local police branch who may have allowed this malpractice) must face justice.
OFC many of the protests ARE peaceful & many police & politicians are acting disproportionately in their response.
But the situation in terms of rhetoric has gotten completely out of hand, & completely ignoring reality helps absolutely no one- including black communities.
Decent people must stand up to racism, bigotry & corruption whenever they come across it.
But peddling outright myths in order to add fuel to the fire and attack your political “enemies” is a mistake.