The modern left has been lying about a supposed epidemic of racially motivated police brutality all summer. For too long, public figures have been afraid to set the record straight, out of fear of being called racist themselves.
Bill Barr isn’t afraid of much. During a recent CNN interview, he showed no fear, saying: “I think the narrative that the police are on some epidemic of shooting unarmed black men is simply a false narrative…The fact is that it’s very rare for an unarmed African American to be shot by a white police officer.”
I love that Barr not only proclaimed an unpopular truth, but he did it on CNN. The channel’s leadership must have been grinding their teeth at his boldness.
Watch the moment:
… atty gen. barr: “i think the narrative that the police are on some epidemic of shooting unarmed black men is simply a false narrative… it’s very rare for an unarmed african american to be shot by a white police officer.” pic.twitter.com/c0g1XmzDsL
— fake nick ramsey @ 🏡 (@nick_ramsey) September 2, 2020
Of course, Barr is right. There is no epidemic of racist police shootings. As Heather MacDonald at the Manhattan Institute noted:
It turns out that white officers are no more likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot black civilians. It is a racial group’s rate of violent crime that determines police shootings, not the race of the officer. The more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that members of that racial group will be shot by a police officer. In fact, if there is a bias in police shootings after crime rates are taken into account, it is against white civilians, the study found.”
Barr has long been a reasoned voice on police reform. As Fox News reports:
Barr in a House hearing in July said it was “understandable” that African Americans harbored distrust towards the police, and acknowledged perceptions of bias during police encounters.
“At the same time, I think it would be an oversimplification to treat the problem as rooted in some deep-seated racism generally infecting our police departments,” he added. “It seems far more likely that the problem stems from a complex mix of factors, which can be addressed with focused attention over time.”