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LETTER: The Media War on Police Officers

Let me start right out by saying that I am pro police. America’s police officers are some of the finest men and women in the country. Having said that, I also watched the video of the Minneapolis officers and George Floyd and found it reprehensible.
The police officers involved in George Floyd's death need to be held accountable and if found guilty should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
     However, ever since this video was shown, the media’s anti- police rhetoric has spread across the country faster than the coronavirus.
     Every day the media has been constantly stoking hatred and fear with their intentionally misleading reporting of racially biased police shootings. However, the data doesn’t support their narrative.
     The Washington Post (a newspaper that no one will ever accuse of being conservative) conducted a data base of every fatal shooting in the United States by a police officer in the line of duty since Jan. 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019. And over the last five years, U.S police officers killed a total of 3,766 black and white Americans.
     Out of the 3,766 citizens killed by U.S. police officers over the last five years, 2,500 were white, and 1,304 were black Americans. Of the 2,500 white Americans killed by police, 25 were unarmed at the time. Of the 1,304 black Americans killed by police, 14 were unarmed at the time.
     Some will argue that these statistics show a large disparity in the number of shootings as 34 percent of blacks were killed by police and that blacks make up only about 14 percent of the U.S. population.
     This would be a valid argument if one hundred percent of police officers in the United States are white however, that isn’t the case. According to Police Officers DATA USA, two-thirds of police officers in the United States are white, and one-third of police officers are black and or Hispanic.
     Additional research showed that over the five year period that black police officers killed black suspects at significantly higher rates than white police officers, and that the overall number of black unarmed victims killed went down by 76 percent. Do these statistics show such a significantly one sided bias of police shootings?
     Over the last five years I don’t recall ever hearing the mainstream media report these statistics. I’m sure it was simply an oversight on their part. Why else would the media choose to not report these statistics? Because reporting these statistics would destroy their false narrative that America is in the midst of a race-motivated epidemic of police shootings.
     The fact is that our law enforcement officers in America are under attack. Over the last few months we have watched (according to the media) so-called “peaceful protesters” display a total lack of respect for police officers by spitting in their faces, throwing water bottles filled with concrete at them, throwing Molotov cocktails in their direction, hitting police officers in the heads with bricks and in several cases severely wounding and killing police officers. I have never seen so much hatred in my lifetime directed towards police officers. This is completely unacceptable.
     Like any profession, there are always going to be a very small percentage of police officers who will violate the rules of the law they swore to uphold. For those who do, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, the fact is that the overwhelming vast majority of both black and white police officer’s in this country are honest, law abiding individuals looking out for the safety and well-being of the American people.
Marty Krikorian
Groton, MA
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