Our last post of charts was probably our all-timer for calls.
Probably/mostly because the posting around here has been less than haphazard for a good long while.
Some of you were worried that I had gone out and got me a job.
Like somebody's gonna hire me.
Anyway ..... we continue.
As always clicking the image will mostly take you to the source article from which it was taken.
On that military gear coming to a county near you thing .....
I'll post it again despite it being just a post or two below mostly because I think it matters.
One outcome is predictable.
The above was taken from an economist piece that concludes, "This is not because they are trigger-happy but because they are nervous. The citizens they encounter have perhaps 300m guns between them, so a cop never knows whether the hand in a suspect’s pocket is gripping a Glock.
I don't disagree.
The ignored issue here is the fact that the citizenry is equally nervous, as the following is the image that Cops are aggressively projecting to the American people on a daily basis.
Why the facemasks?
Here are two other reasonable questions.
The Economist also doesn't care much to consider this next issue.
I'm not relying much on the Economist's numbers on "Death by Police Shootings" for perfect accuracy as I wish there was better sourcing.
As an aside, I frequently come away from The Economist with that same thought ... but I digress.
I mostly believe it though because of this.
If you go through all the numbers in the linked pieces above, they don't always add up real well as these charts come from different years and sources, but the message holds regardless of the details.
Compared to any other country in the world, we put an extraordinary number of people in prison relative to our population.
Your intuition is correct however as high incarceration rates have led to a reduction in crime ..... at least on the outside.
I linked all of the charts below to the same University of Chicago research paper which offers it's own batch of charts as I thought it was the best thing out there.
Lying Al Sharpton among others will tell you that America's criminal justice system is racist because Black and Hispanic People are significantly more likely to run afoul of the law than are White People.
He is absolutely right about that second part.
Maybe not so much there on that first part.
The following statistics are taken from the 2005 edition of The Color of Crime by Jared Taylor.
Apologies for making you read, but I found the following summary to be significantly better than any five charts I could assemble.
Click anywhere below to link up to the entire work.
Race, Crime, and Justice in America — Second, Expanded Edition, 2005
Police and the justice system are not biased against minorities.
Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.
Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.
Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.
Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.
Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled, from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.
Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics are three times more likely.
If you want our opinion ..... even if you don't ..... issues having to do with incarceration rates, exploding prison population, prison safety and busted budgets at every level of government can all be traced to one pervasive public policy mistake.
THE WAR ON DRUGS
That was 1997, I would guess it's not much different now, but I dunno.
I'd love to do more, but I was just informed that I gotta clean the basement for a party.
As an aside ...
That's all for today.