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But you know who else's lives matter?
|Police Lives Matter, too, guys.|
(source: Twitter feed)
Yes, police lives matter, too. So much so that they also have a hashtag — a couple, actually:
Police lives matter, because it's the police who patrol those crime-ridden neighborhoods and do everything in their power to remove the criminal class and keep law-abiding folks safe. On the extremely rare occasion they're forced to use their weapons to stop crime or defend themselves or others, they get crucified in the media.
Talk about a thankless job.
So black lives matter, and so do police lives. But black lives just might matter TO police more than you may think.
Interest piqued? Read on below the break....
|'Nuff said. (source: Twitter feed)|
- Officers were less likely to erroneously shoot unarmed black suspects than they were unarmed whites — 25 times less likely, in fact
- And officers hesitated significantly longer before shooting armed suspects who were black, compared to armed subjects who were white or Hispanic
Let's repeat that, because it bears repeating. Officers are FAR less likely to erroneously shoot black suspects than white or Hispanic suspects, and they tend to hesitate longer before pulling the trigger when faced with a black suspect than with a white or Hispanic suspect.
|WSU Spokane researchers Lois James and Bryan Vila|
(source: WSU photo, retrieved from here)
Kinda kills The Narrative™, doesn't it?
The full study is available from the Journal of Experimental Criminology, but it's behind a paywall. Note the publishing date, though: October 23, 2012, well before this kerfuffle/clusterf#$k in Ferguson, MO.