Okay, so c. 94% were by firearms. Let's say at best one other unarmed black perp was killed last year.Service Dog wrote: ↑I gave it half-assed shot, before I posted my previous reply to you.
Plenty of dead-ends, like this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics ... -database/
Another one only covers 812 cases in 17 states over a handful of years, but at least it breaks down the deaths into interesting categories...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl ... objectonly
=Primary cause of fatal injury:
Firearm 760 (93.6)
Motor vehicle 11 (1.4)
Personal weapons (e.g., fist) 10 (1.2)
Blunt/sharp instrument 9 (1.1)
Suffocation/strangulation 3 (0.4)
Fall 2 (0.3)
Other/unknown 16 (2.0)
Your '9 Lives' point dovetails with my opinion-- I think the high-profile deaths are a sideshow, overblown, a distraction from the vast assortment of daily police excesses.
But I do think it will strengthen your case-- to not mistake 9 shootings for the total annual number of police _killings_ of unarmed people.
To be clear: all armed perps deserve to die. They are an immediate, deadly threat to others, and the only effective way to neutralize that threat is to continue to pump lead into their center body mass until they stop moving.
Last year, nine -- let's say ten -- unarmed blacks were killed by police. Out of 34 million blacks in the country. Seven were in the midst of commiting a violent crime. But even if all ten were unjustified, how the hell can any sane rational person consider that sufficient evidence of eother systemic racism or systemic brutality?
I get that you're a libertarian and so have a priori perceptions about any government power. But I'll only entertain arguments that are grounded in hard data. Not anecdotes, not ideology, not knee-jerk emo reaction. Data.