Communities of color are not the enemies! #BlackLivesMatter #EricGarner #ICantBreathe https://t.co/wCRlS8nflW pic.twitter.com/6xnnFO4kII— ACLU National (@ACLU) December 4, 2014
But, but, black on black crime.........Via Think Progress:
In March alone, 111 people died during police encounters — 36 more than the previous month. As in the past, numerous incidents were spurred by violent threats from suspects, and two officers were shot in Ferguson during a peaceful protest. However, the deaths follow a national pattern: suspects were mostly people of color, mentally ill, or both.The victims must have missed the lecture on how to behave if engaged by the police. Snark
As the young people say, let's flip the script. However, the deaths follow a national pattern: suspects were mostly white, mentally ill, or both. Maybe then we would have some real reform.
From the American Civil Liberties Union:
As of April 2, two individuals have been killed by police — one in California and another in New York — according to KilledByPolice. The circumstances surrounding the deaths was not specified.The public needs legitimate data collection practices that promote transparency and accountability when police use unreasonable force. We need something a little more thoughtful than a Google search to give us the stats on the number of police shootings — fatal or nonfatal — in any given period of time.
As the ACLU explained to the task force, data collection and reporting is the easiest single thing any police department can do starting today. And it will offer the best depiction of what policing in the 21st century looks like.
Both the ACLU and the task force recommend data collection on a range of police and citizen encounters — from stops and arrests to nonfatal and fatal police shootings. “Policies on use of force,” the task force writes, “should also require agencies to collect, maintain, and report data to the Federal Government on all officer-involved shootings, whether fatal or nonfatal, as well as any in-custody death.” And data must be inclusive not just of race and gender but disability as well.
When are Americans going to stop saying it's OK? Get involved. Tell the DOJ: Ban racial profiling by police.