Would It Kill You to Hire More Black Cops? (Yes)


[p;oceAs the story of Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown begins to look less clear-cut than we were led to believe by Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, the “voices of oppression” on MSNBC now say the real issue is that there aren’t enough blacks on the Ferguson police force.

As Brown may or may not have said seconds before his death: I give up.

If the Ferguson police are forced to hire more minorities and women for the sake of diversity, the one thing we can be sure of is that more black people will be murdered, raped and assaulted.

Someone’s got to say it, so it might as well be me: I’m against more black people being murdered, raped and assaulted.

In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent crime, robbery and aggravated assault will be. Violent crime increased by a minimum of 3.3 percent every year after affirmative action policies went into effect — and the spike in crime was highest in black neighborhoods.

The problem was not with black cops, Lott’s study showed, but rather with the lowering of standards across the board, resulting in less-qualified officers of every race. To get more of MSNBC’s “voices of oppression” on police forces, requirements are reduced for all recruits. (Just as quality declined at MSNBC when “voices of oppression” had to be added to their lineup.)

We end up with cops who are criminals, the Rampart scandal of the 1990s and great movies like “Training Day.”

About a decade into a federal consent decree requiring the Los Angeles Police Department to hire more minority officers, the LAPD’S Rampart division was employing gang members in uniforms.

Training officer Jim Peasha told investigative reporter Jan Golab that he left his unit because of the preposterous recruits being sent to him as a result of affirmative action. “I had some fantastic minority recruits,” Peasha said. “One black kid was the best I ever had.” But he also had “one guy who I knew was on drugs and I couldn’t get him out. He wound up getting caught working as a guard at a rock (cocaine) house. An off-duty cop!”

It was almost as if the LAPD was turning into the public school system.

By the time of the Rampart scandal, two dozen black police officers in Los Angeles were suspected of gang activity. Most were forced out. Four officers were proved to have been engaging in criminal acts — including a bank robbery and an attempted murder. All were black and Hispanic. (Let’s call them “officers of oppression.”)

As a top official with the LAPD told Golab, “This is not an LAPD problem; this is a black problem.”

It was so obvious that affirmative action had led to the Rampart scandal that a “Blue Ribbon” commission specifically denied it. Twice. Using the exact same words. It was the equivalent of calling a press conference to announce that you’re not gay.

This is the irrelevancy printed twice in the commission’s report:

“Personnel Department experts found no instance where a candidate failed to meet the LAPD’s background or psychological standards. Moreover, the experts found no meaningful difference in the application of background and psychological standards to candidates of varying race or ethnicity.”

Wait — no applicants failed? That’s precisely the point! Everyone gets an “A,” every applicant becomes a police officer.

And no one imagined that only the minority officers would be less qualified. As Lott’s study showed, once standards are lowered to ensure “diversity,” standards are lowered for all recruits, resulting in a rainbow coalition of incompetence.

This is exactly how Democrats wrecked the economy with the subprime mortgage crisis. Then-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank bragged about how they were helping minorities get mortgages by forcing banks to adopt ridiculously low lending standards.

But once traditional measures of credit-worthiness were jettisoned, they were jettisoned for everyone. You will notice that the housing market crash was concentrated not in black neighborhoods, but in house-flipping hot spots.

Lott’s study did find some preliminary evidence that increasing the number of black male cops on a police force led to a slight reduction in shootings of civilians — as did having more white male cops. But more white females on a police force increased shootings of civilians. The voices of oppression don’t get to have it both ways.

The main benefit to having black cops shooting civilians is that Al Sharpton gets less air time, which I think we’re all in favor of. Also, when a black cop shoots a civilian, the whole world doesn’t have to stop, as the media go on a bloodhound-search for racism.

In 1999, four New York City police officers shot an unarmed immigrant, Amadou Diallo, after he disregarded their commands and pulled out what looked like a gun. It turned out to be a wallet.

(Diallo didn’t obey the officers because he didn’t speak English. Police work is going to be so exciting in Marco Rubio’s America. “Freeze! Para continuar en Espanol, marque el dos.”)

Just a few months later, a cop in Chicago fatally shot an unarmed civilian, LaTanya Haggerty, a 26-year-old computer programmer, who was sitting in the passenger seat of a car. The officer thought LaTanya had a gun — but that turned out to be a cellphone.

There was no Bruce Springsteen song about LaTanya, no preening by Sen. Bill Bradley on the Senate floor, no 24/7 coverage. The FBI, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Justice Department didn’t open investigations into LaTanya’s shooting.

You’ve probably never even heard of LaTanya Haggerty — because the officer who shot her was black.

The Diallo cops were prosecuted for murder (and acquitted). The officer in Chicago lost her job. LaTanya Haggerty’s shooting is so little known that in 2008, the Chicago Sun-Times misidentified her as the officer, not the victim, in the shooting.

The only real advantage to compelling the Ferguson police force to adopt affirmative action hiring policies is that the media will be tickled pink with themselves for striking a blow against “racism.” On the other hand, more black people will be murdered, raped and maimed as crime rates rise. I guess it’s really just a matter of priorities.

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  • http://JudeoChristianAmerica.org Alexander Gofen

    A great omission in this article is a shooting death of a black mother Miriam Carey, also killed by police without any necessity, in a cold blood in front of her baby http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/why-no-riots-for-miriam-carey/ ? The very attempts of investigation and finding the culprits are sabotaged by this very government. Isn’t it bizarre?

  • AbsolutelyRight

    No-good evil progressives would like nothing more than to have racist morons like Spike Lee and Trayvon’s “genius” girlfriend on every police force in the country.

    • laura r

      she was 19 & on a 3rd grade reading level. perfect for the force.

  • BMS

    Any time that standards are lowered for “inclusion” purposes you end up with people who are not the most qualified for the position in question. People should be hired (whatever race or religion they are) based on who is the most qualified individual for the position and not because some bleeding heart somewhere feels that diversity is appropriate. That forced “diversity” is what leads to an inferior society.

  • claspur

    A bit of a sidebar to this, but is an exacting example-here…
    Barry Hussein Soetoro: First American halfrican president of
    the USA-via ‘affirmative action’.
    Even the liberals are waking-up to the utter damage they’ve caused to the nation/world, since They ‘usurped’ him into office… twice.

    • CowboyUp

      Halfrican, African, Asian, Caucasian, Martian, you’re helping perpetuate the problem by keeping race relevant.

      • claspur

        My and everyone elses ‘perpetuations’ could all stop today… Are you prepared to confirm that THEY would cease with Theirs?

        • CowboyUp

          The question isn’t whether ‘they’ are going to be racists or bigots, it’s whether you are. Someone else’s faults are no excuse for you to have them, and it leaves you as just the other side of the same detestable coin. Humans won’t advance beyond race until enough people of all races reject the sick mentality and lame excuses for it that you and they share. Yall need each other, but a righteous and just society has no use for either.

  • tagalog

    See the underlying facts of the case of DeStefano vs. New Haven. That case had to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before sanity was invoked. How much time and money was wasted vindicating an obvious principle?

  • mtnhikerdude

    Coulter said it best in a previous article ,”Early accounts are especially unreliable when reporters think they have a white racism story . Stirring up racial hatred is how journalists make up for sending their own kids to lily white private schools.”

  • mtnhikerdude

    I am of Italian decent and would be outraged if they had to lower test standards for me . This flat out no pulled punches tells you you are too STUPID to pass a test other races pass.

    • MarilynA

      The bar assoc. in one southern state was forced to lower the passing score on their bar exam because they feared the repercussions if they failed a prominent female civil rights worker. So the passing score was lowered to her score on the exam. This resulted in several white lawyers qualifying to practice law because they scored somewhere between the lowered score and what used to be passing. The public was not warned about this resulting in a lot of people getting inadequate representation in court. This new female lawyer turned out to be a mental case who would attack and beat up anyone who disagreed with her, using her purse as a weapon.

  • Charles Martel

    “The voices of oppression don’t get to have it both ways.” Says, you. The left progressives always have it both ways. They are notorious for that. And if you don’t like it it’s because you are racist.

  • MarilynA

    It’s my understanding that the Ferguson Police Department didn’t have more black officers because few blacks even applied. Seems the police have been so demonized that none of them want to be a part of any police force.

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Being a cop is “acting white”. So why are they whining about not enough black cops? To them even 1 is too many. Are these people THAT confused?

  • James_IIa

    If Michael Brown’s size, at about 300 lb, made it necessary for Wilson to shoot him, think of the impact his size would have on a woman cop. At least it seems so to me, despite the fact that on TV women cops routinely knock out three or four six-footers at a time.

    • JayWye

      IIRC,in a Georgia courthouse awhile back,a woman officer escorting a large male prisoner from court back to holding got knocked out,her gun taken,and the now-armed prisoner escaped.

      • James_IIa

        Yeah. That was a great story, as I recall. She talked him into surrendering, or at least not shooting her. So maybe the cops should try the “diminutive plus persuasive” approach.

        • Sheik Yerbouti

          That was actually another woman not associated wit the court. After he put the tiny little female guard into absolute submission he took her gun and killed a judge and clerk before fleeing the building. He was in court on rape charges as I recall. And, while I know it makes NO difference, the guy was BLACK. Big shock!

          • James_IIa

            It’s been a while since then, but I believe the woman was also black. A reliable rule of law is good for blacks and whites as well.

  • JayWye

    I suspect lowered standards (and a bunch of Saudi money) is how Comrade Obama got through Columbia and Harvard Law. there’s good reason why he hides his college transcripts and papers.

  • Pericles

    “I guess it’s really just a matter of priorities.” And the usual ‘unintended consequences’ which the Left inflicts primarily on the ‘victims’ it always INTENDS to help. If the Left disappeared in a moment I am convinced we would restore Paradise Lost.

  • pupsncats

    I say give them what they want only not just more black cops but only black cops. Then they can live peacefully and can’t claim any kind of racism exists. Let them decide what standards should be set and then let them live with the consequences.