Po­lice shoot whites, too

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - John Sch­laf­fer

In a re­cent ed­i­to­rial, The Sun sug­gests that the shoot­ing of an un­armed Ter­rence Crutcher was un­war­ranted, and based on the video I have seen, I have to agree (“Fred­die Gray deja vu,” Sept. 22).

The ed­i­to­rial also men­tions NFL foot­ball player Colin Kaeper­nick’s protests of racial in­jus­tice and the deadly en­coun­ters be­tween po­lice and African-Amer­i­cans, yet what you fail to men­tion is that more whites are killed by po­lice in this coun­try then blacks.

A re­cent ar­ti­cle in The Wash­ing­ton Post said that of last year’s 987 fa­tal po­lice shoot­ings, 50 per­cent were of whites and 26 per­cent were of blacks. That’s one heck of a dif­fer­ence. But do you see whites burn­ing and ri­ot­ing and loot­ing? Do you see whites or His­pan­ics out­raged over this?

The me­dia doesn’t want to bring these sta­tis­tics to the pub­lic — it isn’t news. Just last week in Bal­ti­more, an African-Amer­i­can chef and a Mor­gan State Univer­sity stu­dent were killed in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents. Where were the protests by black lead­ers in our city?

Protests only hap­pen when it in­volves the po­lice shoot­ing of an African-Amer­i­can. And in Char­lotte, the po­lice of­fi­cer who did the shoot­ing was an AfricanAmer­i­can, so it isn’t a black or white thing all of the time.

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