For decades, the message has been portrayed that there is a significant and systematic problem with racism in policing throughout the United States.
For many years, that was an accurate statement and law enforcement agencies have worked hard to overcome that issue. Recently, with the death of George Floyd, that argument again is at the forefront of American Politics.
Ken Blackwell, a former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, does not believe that there is a systematic racism issue. Blackwell, in an interview with Breitbart News, said that he believes that there is a larger problem with democratic run cities and black on black violence, more so than any problem with police.
Bernard Kerik and Ken Blackwell: Democrats Have Failed the Black Community for Too Long https://t.co/oTFGGhac7J
— Dr. Carol M. Swain (@carolmswain) June 21, 2020
“The real systemic and deadly reality is that black men and women are being slaughtered in cities and communities of color across the country in numbers that can only be compared to war zones in Iraq and Syria.”
Blackwell believes that the democratic leaders in the areas where people of color are dying are just simply trying to change the narrative, hoping that the masses don’t realize that the problem lies with their leadership.
It is a simple thought, a simple bait and switch, if you do not want someone to know what’s really happening, try to divert their attention the other direction. Thus, Blackwell’s theory is that the democratic leaders have lied about systematic racism on the part of the police in order to stay in power.
Blackwell pointed out that the Washington Post maintains a database that tracks the number of persons killed by police each year.
In 2019, the database showed over one thousand people were killed during a police action after more than thirty million contacts with the public.
— Ken Blackwell (@kenblackwell) June 22, 2020
Of the thousand or more killed by police, says the database:
“405 were white, 250 were black, 163 were Hispanic, and 185 were recorded as other/unknown ethnicity. Only 55 of those 1,003 individuals were unarmed -25 white suspects, 14 black suspects, 11 Hispanic suspects, and five others.”
This information goes directly against the narrative of there being systematic racism in policing. If there were truly an issue, the force used against people of color would far outweigh those of white people.
That clearly is not the case.
Yet this argument is used for violence, theft, and vandalism of buildings, monuments, and national cemeteries.
Blackwell wrote a column with former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik. In it, they say:
“To be clear, whether they were armed, or unarmed, or in possession of a toy that looked like a real weapon, in every single category, blacks were not killed more often than whites. Given the numbers — 14 unarmed blacks killed out of 10 million arrests, which equates to a rate of 0.00014 percent — this is NOT evidence of systemic racism.”
Blackwell also said:
“You can’t paint safety forces with a broad brush saying that they are riddled with systemic racism when the facts don’t bear that out, but what is [borne] out by the facts is that these local leaders have found some comfort in the status quo. They have embraced a narrative that pushes the blame from their incompetence [to] this boogeyman of systemic racism where it doesn’t exist.”
Blackwell believes that the real issue for people of color comes from the policies enacted by democratic law makers.
Wow. @kenblackwell has clearly had enough. And as a black man and a successful entrepreneur, I've got to think we should hear his side also.
Thank you Mr. Blackwell. https://t.co/AftyH9Ndbf
— LetitiaGreen MBA MEd (@VaActiveAngels) June 22, 2020
For instance, in New York, recent reform calls for persons to be released from custody instead of having to post cash bail for crimes ranging from stalking arrests to arson and even robbery. People who are being arrested do not even have to spend any time in jail, to cool off or think about the consequences for what they have done.
For someone who has committed an assault (like this one), robbery (like this one, which ended up getting a cop killed), rape (like this one) or even beating someone to death (like this one), what is preventing them from immediately going on and committing the same crime or worse an hour or two after being arrested?
And, as we saw many times, the answer to that is nothing.
Other laws to be considered are the bans on firearms.
For instance, the city of Chicago, run by democrats, has one of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Given that, in the mindset of those law makers, that should also make the city of Chicago the safest in the nation.
A 3-year-old toddler was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago. WHERES THE OUTCRY??? https://t.co/wkpUJJgPHz
— Thommo (@BoreanThommo) June 22, 2020
However, criminals don’t care what the laws are, nor do they have any intentions of following them when purchasing firearms or weapons of any kind. This could be the reason why Chicago has the number of gun deaths it has on a daily basis and is on track to set another record this year with homicides.
At the end of the day, Mr. Blackwell presents a logical argument against systematic racism in America. Not only are his facts indisputable, he also has personal knowledge of institutional racism, as he is a black man.
Perhaps it is time to start listening to facts and reason and stop pandering to one group just because they’re the loudest.
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) June 22, 2020
Let’s look a little deeper into Chicago. What follows is Law Enforcement Today’s most recent report on the out of control violence the city is seeing, particularly in relation to shootings.
A manhunt is underway in Chicago for a man wanted for one of the shootings in Chicago over Father’s Day weekend.
According to Chicago Sun Times, over the weekend at least 11 people were killed, including a toddler and a teenager.
A horrific shooting occurred within the Austin area of Chicago during the evening of June 20th, where a 3-year-old toddler was killed after a suspect pulled up to the boy’s father’s SUV and opened fire.
Police say the boy’s 27-year-old stepfather was believed to be the intended target for the shooting that occurred at approximately 6:25 p.m. on June 20th in the 600 block of North Central Avenue.
— T Smith (@Tobit65467987) June 21, 2020
The toddler, Mekhi James, was struck in the back when a blue Honda pulled up to the black SUV that the victims were inside of and unleashed several rounds, according to Chicago Police Chief of Operations Fred Waller.
A statement by Chief Waller requested assistance from the public to help identify a suspect in the case:
“We have the detectives out here canvassing right now, so we’re going to be asking for a lot of help from this community. We’re going to the asking Austin to step up.”
The child’s stepfather, who was said to have been grazed by a bullet on his abdomen, rushed the child over to the West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. Unfortunately, the young child was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving.
It was reported that the child and his stepfather were on their way home from the barber shop when the shooting happened, according to friends and family members who gathered outside of the hospital on the evening of June 20th.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was said to have urged members of the community to come forward with any information they might have on the suspects, or suspects, involved in this murder:
“To the despicable individuals responsible for this senseless act of violence, you have no place in this city, no home in our communities, no shelter to hide.”
CHILD KILLED: 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot & killed in the 600 block of North Central, Austin neighborhood, West Side on June 20, 2020. The child was traveling in a vehicle with his stepfather. Seen/heard anything tip at https://t.co/opauvHS2ys. Our condolences. pic.twitter.com/RL3rk92QcA
— Pastor Donovan Price (@sltionsnresrces) June 21, 2020
Andrew Holmes, a local community activist, spoke outside of the hospital where young Mekhi was pronounced dead:
“Let’s go to work, let’s find the shooter, let’s get him in tonight.”
Holmes is said to be offering a $2,000 reward for any information that can lead to an arrest and conviction of the shooter involved.
There’s no word on any suspects in the case at this time.
It’s unfathomable to imagine the toll and heartbreak that comes with losing a child at such a young age and in such a violent manner. What’s more difficult to grasp is the pain of losing a child merely one day before we celebrate fatherhood in America.
Three teenagers were also shot and killed over the weekend – including a 13-year-old girl, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The 13-year-old girl was killed inside a home at about 8:30 p.m on Saturday, according to WMAQ.
Amaria Jones, 13, was hit in the neck by a bullet and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“A line was crossed,” the Reverend Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church said Sunday. “This is a horrific Father’s Day. This 3-year-old baby lost his life. … I could not pastor this community and not say something.”
Police have released images of the suspect wanted in the shooting deaths of the two teenage boys over the weekend.
Jasean Francis, 17, and Charles Riley, 16, were killed at about 5:10 p.m. on Saturday and according to WGN, Chicago PD Superintendent David Brown said the police were working hard to find the suspects responsible for the shootings.
A reward of $10,000 is being offered by community leaders for any information in the killing of Mekhi James, according to WGN.
Chicago has been experiencing violence affecting children at levels that are nothing short of alarming.
June 17th proved to be yet another day marked with violence in the windy city, with four people shot that day within the city’s South Side. One of the victims who was shot was reportedly a 9-year-old girl.
— Clay Bob (@PygmyClay) June 18, 2020
Chicago police say that the shooting took place at around 8:30 p.m. on the evening of the 17th, after a verbal spat escalated within a parking lot of an apartment complex located around 76th Street and Loomis Boulevard.
Police say that two male suspects opened fire at each other during the heated confrontation, with one of the male suspects being among a crowd of people. The exchanged gunfire resulted in four people being struck.
— Tyler LaRiviere (@TylerLaRiviere) June 18, 2020
The 9-year-old girl was reportedly shot in the leg and was subsequently transported to Comer Children’s Hospital. Thankfully, the young girl is said to be in stable condition.
The other three gunshot victims described as two 19-year-old men who were both shot in the thighs, and one 31-year-old man who was shot in the upper lip. Authorities say that all three men were reportedly in stable condition as well.
Officials noted that the shooting is currently under investigation by detectives.
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