Studies On Who Cops Are Likely To Shoot Buck The Narrative

Denver Police investigate a shooting where a man was shot by a police officer

In the wake of all the 2014 police involved shootings, well, the ones the media got into a feeding frenzy over, the results of recent studies on who police are more likely to shoot tell a different story than the one the leftist American media insists on telling:

“Across these 300 interviews, I have multiple officers telling me that they didn’t shoot only because the suspect was black or the suspect was a woman, or something that would not be consistent with this narrative of cops out there running and gunning,” said Mr. [David] Klinger, a former cop and author of “Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force” (2006) [and University of Missouri-St. Louis professor].

“When it comes to the issue of race, I’ve never had a single officer tell me, ‘I didn’t shoot a guy because he was white.’ I’ve had multiple officers tell me, ‘I didn’t shoot a guy because he was black,’ ” Mr. Klinger said. “And this is 10, even 20 years ago. Officers are alert to the fact that if they shoot a black individual, the odds of social outcry are far greater than if they shoot a white individual.”

In addition, the results of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology concluded that police were more likely to shoot at white suspects in simulated scenarios at Washington State University’s innovative and realistic video simulator. “The study found that the 48 participants waited longest before firing on black suspects in “shoot” scenarios, even though the participants exhibited “stronger threat responses” when facing black suspects than with white or Hispanic suspects.

“This behavioral ‘counter-bias’ might be rooted in people’s concerns about the social and legal consequences of shooting a member of a historically oppressed racial or ethnic group,” said the paper, which went practically unnoticed when it was published online on May 22, but took on new significance in the wake of a series of high-profile police-involved shootings involving black victims over the summer.

You don’t say.  It seems that the sociological perspective that blacks are victims of police shootings more often than whites because of racial bias just does not match the actual research.  Research shows just the opposite.  Of course, the fact that statistically, the majority of blacks killed on the street are murdered by fellow blacks isn’t part of the popular narrative either.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.

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