To be sure the problem is monumental because perception is reality. That must be addressed, and there are things both sides must do to realize that. However there are hard facts that continue to mount that make the key argument for Black Lives Matter and against police look more and more shaky.
From Zero Hedge
A very recently published Harvard study on racial bias in police use of force finds that, as the mainstream narrative proffers, black men and women are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement.
However, in what the (African-American) author of the study calls “the most surprising result of my career,” when it comes to the most lethal form of force – police shootings – the study finds no racial bias, contradicting the mental image of police shootings that many Americans hold.
This isn’t the first investigation that looks into the truth of the argument that gives Black Lives Matter their fuel to fight. Other numbers have found what this Harvard professor has found, there is even a book about it. The problem we all face is that no matter how many facts stack up these stats would do nothing to quell the perception the black community has about police…
However, for Mr. Fryer, who has spent much of his career studying ways society can close the racial achievement gap, the failure to punish excessive everyday force is an important contributor to young black disillusionment.
“Who the hell wants to have a police officer put their hand on them or yell and scream at them? It’s an awful experience,” he said.“I’ve had it multiple, multiple times. Every black man I know has had this experience. Every one of them. It is hard to believe that the world is your oyster if the police can rough you up without punishment. And when I talked to minority youth, almost every single one of them mentions lower level uses of force as the reason why they believe the world is corrupt.”
In politics perception is reality. Therefore something must be done about this. (there are three somethings I suggest here.)