Black Lives Matter is a growing political power in America.
Politicians in both parties praise the group and embrace their political agenda.
But William Barr dropped one reality check that shut down Black Lives Matter.
In an interview with National Public Radio Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, Attorney General William Barr took on the dominant media narrative fueling the Black Lives Matter protests – namely that there is an epidemic of racist white police officers killing unarmed black men all across America.
Barr noted that the number of black Americans killed by police officers declined from 38 five years ago to ten in 2019.
“There are many whites who are shot unarmed by police. Now, those numbers, as I said, have been going down in the past. Five years ago it was 38 African-Americans who were unarmed were shot by police. Thirty-eight in a year. This past year it was 10. Of those six were physically attacking the police when they were shot. So you have to put it in perspective,” Barr stated.
Barr argued that the media used a false narrative about systemic racism to demonize all police as bigots.
“And that’s why, you know, I think it is wrong to demonize all the police and all the police departments, as you know, systemically racist and going out looking to shoot unarmed black men,” the Attorney General added.
Barr did not deny that there were outrageous examples of police misconduct and said on his watch the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division aggressively prosecuted such cases.
“I’ve seen some cases where it appeared gratuitous, and obviously, those are serious cases and are pursued by the Department of Justice’s civil rights violations, which is the statute we have to address those issues. But some of them, while use of excessive force, you know … during struggles and other things. So I think you have to put these in perspective,” Barr explained.
Finally, Barr called out the fake news media narrative that police commit “genocide” against black men and ignoring the very real fact that 85 percent of all black Americans are killed by other black Americans.
“These are not events that happen every day. I know that the media is very interested them, as everyone is interested in them [crosstalk]. Well, everyone’s interested in it. But I think the media is ignoring the fact that 8,000 African Americans are killed by crime in high-crime areas, and 10 were killed last year by police, six of whom were under attack when they shot,” Barr concluded.
The facts about police conduct and race in America are divorced from the narrative driving events.
There are bad police officers that need to be held accountable.
But it’s false to claim police routinely target black men for death.
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