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George Floyd protesters and “Black Lives Matter” activists have been calling for defunding police and redirecting funds to other areas, such as education and housing. Following violent clashes at rallies across the country, the Minneapolis City Council pledged to disband the local police department and completely reorganise law enforcement.
Dr Carol M. Swain, retired Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University and the host of Be the People News podcast, has addressed the ongoing protests in the United States sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African American man, who died in Minneapolis police custody on 25 May, and offered her views on the potential consequences the clashes between the police and protesters may lead to.
Sputnik: In your opinion, why has the significance of protecting African Americans become so acute right now?
Dr Carol M. Swain: There are two reasons. More people have seen with their own eyes the videotape depicting George Floyd’s final minutes on earth and the officers’ indifference to his suffering. Americans do not want anyone to suffer like that at the hands of law enforcement. I believe the story is getting more attention because it is an election year and Democrats see a potential to hurt President Trump by attacking him on his call for law and order.
Sputnik: How much do you think police brutality concerns members of other minorities?
Dr Carol M. Swain: Most minorities are concerned about police brutality, but the actual statistics about how often blacks die at the hands of police would suggest that non-stop media coverage overexaggerates the actual threat to blacks. Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute has documented the actual threat to blacks.
She reports: In 2019, police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects.
In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the US and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.