The death of an 18-year-old black teen who was shot dead after pointing a loaded gun at a police officer in Berkeley, Missouri last night has been met with a firestorm of irate rhetoric which only serves to bury a crucial factor as to why there are so many instances of violent confrontations between police officers and blacks – the huge problem of violence and criminality within the black community.
Antonio Martin, who had an extensive criminal background which included “multiple uses of weapons since he was 17,” was killed at a gas station last night after an incident that was captured on surveillance camera. The footage appears to show Martin raise his gun and aim it an an officer before being shot.
Within a short time, around 200 protesters arrived on the scene and began clashes with police. A small fire was set outside a Quik Trip store and at least one individual threw fireworks as several arrests were made.
Despite the surveillance footage appearing to back up the officer’s account of what happened, irate Twitter users flooded the social network to insist the incident was another example of racist white cops targeting black people.
Casual death threats against police officers soon followed;
We need to do like cali niggas and kill cops ?
— Loyal To My Love 1's (@DameBadAzz1) December 24, 2014
"Need to do like Cali niggas and kill cops!"
— Chevy (@_Freeway_Ricky) December 24, 2014
— Ava (@Ava350) December 24, 2014
@x_maniii kill pigs ??????
— ??Free My Brothas?? (@YG_BigFoot) December 24, 2014
we need to do like Khaled ni??as and kill cops. ????????
— K'Lynn ?? (@_LittleKay) December 24, 2014
The volatility of the debate sparked by the Michael Brown shooting and the choking death of Eric Garner has meant that even in cases such as this, where the officer’s actions are clearly justified, armies of hashtag hysterics are unable to look at the facts on a case by case basis and instead immediately resort to delirious rhetoric and in some cases violent threats.
While there is undoubtedly a huge problem of violence within the police community (an issue that Infowars has exposed for over a decade), the problem of violence within the black community has been almost completely overlooked.
Despite making up just 13 per cent of the US population, blacks commit over half of homicides.
As Channel 4 News reports, “According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black offenders committed 52 per cent of homicides recorded in the data between 1980 and 2008. Only 45 per cent of the offenders were white.”
More up to date statistics from the FBI also tell a similar story – that despite representing a relatively small proportion of the population, blacks commit 38 per cent of murders, compared to 31.1 per cent for whites.
Blacks also kill 93 per cent of other blacks, emphasizing how the biggest threat to black people is not white police officers but other black people.
If black people were not committing proportionally more crimes, they would not be involved with as many confrontations with police officers. Police officers would not have to respond to nearly as many 911 calls being made from black neighborhoods.
This makes perfect sense and yet to even cite these statistics has been denounced as racist.
Until the dual issues of violence and brutality within BOTH the police community AND the black community are properly addressed, we are only going to see more tragic incidents like last night’s shooting in Berkeley.