cptau 124 Posted March 6, 2015 Share Posted March 6, 2015 Interesting article that discusses the DoJ having to find something in wrong in Ferguson did so by using it's own statistics inaccurately. Holder Frames Ferguson PD For Racism Using Bogus 'Disparate Impact' Stats http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/030515-742174-holder-frames-ferguson-pd-with-bogus-stats.htm?p=full Racial Politics: Unable to pin racism charges on Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder is using half-baked data to manufacture a case of racism against his entire police force. Holder's race-baiting civil rights crew combed through several years of Ferguson Police Department data on traffic stops, searches and arrests and "found a pattern of racial disparities in Ferguson's police activities." "African Americans are overrepresented in FPD's vehicular stops" and victims of "racial bias," Holder concludes in his report. He notes that blacks accounted for 85% of vehicle stops, "despite comprising only 67% of Ferguson's population," while whites made up 15% of stops, despite representing 29% of the population. So there you have it, a slam-dunk case of racism, right? Hardly. Outrageously, the nation's top prosecutor failed to control for factors that explain the racial "disparity" in traffic stops, such as speeding, DUI, expired license plates, headlight, seat-belt and child-restraint violations and other reasons for being pulled over. Holder's own department statistics show that African Americans, on average, violate speeding and other traffic laws at much greater rates than whites. The Justice Department's research arm, the National Institute of Justice, explains that differences in traffic stops can simply be attributed to "differences in offending." Duh. For another example, "Seat-belt usage is chronically lower among blacks," the NIJ says in a 2013 study. "If a law enforcement agency aggressively enforces violations, police will stop more black drivers." It adds that three out of every four black drivers say "police had a legitimate reason for stopping them." The institute cites two major studies on police profiling, one conducted in Savannah, Ga., and another in Cincinnati. Neither "support the perception that a high level of discrimination occurs prior to a traffic stop." Perhaps the attorney general should read his own research before making wild accusations of racism based on specious data. Holder also complains black motorists were more likely than whites to receive multiple citations from Ferguson police, proof in his mind that cops "enforce the law more harshly against black people than others." "African Americans experience disparate impact in nearly every aspect of Ferguson's law enforcement system," his report finds. But federal data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that blacks violate traffic laws at higher rates than whites in every offense, including driving with an invalid license. Yet Holder makes it sound as if Ferguson police target blacks at random for stops for no other reason than "driving while black," and then pile on the tickets. He even claims cops exploit blacks to generate city revenue in some kind of racist shakedown. But the same report cites data showing blacks fail to pay their fines at far greater rates than whites, so why not target whites if money-grubbing is the case? As for those racist emails, yes, Holder's investigators found seven racist emails in the accounts of Ferguson police and court officials. But on closer inspection, it's clear that they could be found on anybody's computer. The "emails" in question were not actually written by PD officials. They were the same chain emails that circulate the Internet anonymously, the equivalent of junk mail. You could not be a racist at all and find such offensive spam in your inbox. Interestingly, Justice's 102-page report spends just two pages on the emails, none of which rises to a smoking-gun memo ordering cops to single out blacks, which is the report's insinuation. Instead, the report focuses on unintentional discrimination based on "disparate impact" statistics. "These disparities are unexplainable on grounds other than race and evidence that racial bias has shaped law enforcement conduct," the report asserts. That's a huge lie. They are in fact easily explainable. Holder's race mongers purposely neglected to isolate variables that explain the disparities. And a footnote on page 77 kills Holder's whole case of "disparate impact" racism against the Ferguson PD. It remarks that disparities are worse throughout the state of Missouri, raising "considerable concerns about policing outside of Ferguson as well." As former federal civil-rights lawyer Hans Bader told us: "Disparate impact is ubiquitous. Virtually everything in the larger society has a disparate impact in the prima facie sense. What police department wouldn't be in violation of it?" There are lies, damned lies, and then there are Eric Holder's statistics. But Holder will use his bogus stats to bully Ferguson into civil-rights "remedies," such as "prohibiting (vehicle) searches based on consent for the foreseeable future" and banning "officers from conducting stops, searches, or arrests on the basis of 'wanteds' or 'stop orders' issued by other agencies." Yes, let's prevent police from controlling crime and protecting law-abiding citizens so Don Quixolder can continue to tilt at his racist windmills. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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