Both Sides Clickbait

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 16, 2020

A facebook friend posted a bit of clickbait, The Police Are Lying in LA and the Media Is Falling for It—Again The post is about the two L.A. County deputies shot Saturday. Against my better judgment, I started to read it. I could only get a few paragraphs in, before I saw something.

“As I sit down to write this, it is tempting to give in to my complete disgust with how the police usually frame and the media then cover a more common situation—police shootings of unarmed Black people—by offering some of my own “just presenting both sides” coverage.”

When you can’t say anything good, say something about the media. Fortunately, this is an easy factoid to shoot down. The Washington Post publishes Fatal Force. The mission of this database is to “log every fatal shooting by an on-duty Police officer in the United States.” FF has all kinds of filters. You can learn that, in 2020 so far, 9 unarmed Black people have been killed by Police.

In the quote above, I don’t know if they refer to Police randomly killed, or to Police killed in the line of duty. For the purposes of this post, I am going to ask “How many police have been killed by gunfire this year.” The answer is 34. This is 377% the 9 unarmed Black people killed by Police.

The Officer Down Memorial Page shows 9 officers killed this year by vehicular assault. This is similar to the 9 unarmed Black people killed by Police. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

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