Is it the fault of our Media?
“If it Bleeds, it Leads”!
I am not saying that I disagree with the reporting.
I am not saying that I agree with the reporting.
I am saying that, I believe, we are not getting all of the reporting.
In the News Media, we, for the most part, only get the, “If It Bleeds, It Leads part of the news”!
For instance, check out any of the News Media in my area and you will see that about 95% of
the news in my area every day, the news that we see all of the crime is committed by
In my area everyday we see a mix of all colors of police arresting the criminals.
Does this mean that, in my area (Central Florida) only non-whites commit crimes?
Well, to the rest of the world it sure looks that way.
Because we now live in a world totally hooked up to ‘Electronics’ people are hearing everything bad going on in the world today, and because our federal government is doing a dreadful job, as usual, of collection date, we hear very little about the good and a lot about what sells in the Media!
Statistics lacking in debate over police behavior
ALLEN G. BREED AP National Writer
Ferguson, Missouri. Cleveland, Ohio. Staten Island, New York. Eutawville, South Carolina.
In each place, individuals — all unarmed except for a child carrying a pellet gun — died at the hands of police officers.
All of the dead were black.
The officers involved, white.
To many Americans, it feels like a national tidal wave.
And yet, no firm statistics can say whether this spate of officer-involved deaths is a growing trend or simply a series of coincidences generating a deafening buzz in news reports and social media.
“We have a huge scandal in that we don’t have an accurate count of the number of people who die in police custody,” says Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a leading scholar on policing and civil liberties.
There are some raw numbers, but they’re of limited value.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, for instance, track justifiable police homicides — there were 1,688 between 2010 and 2013 — but the statistics rely on voluntary reporting by local law enforcement agencies and are incomplete.
Circumstances of the deaths, and other information such as age and race, also aren’t required.
The Wall Street Journal, detailing its own examination of officer-involved deaths at 105 of the nation’s 110 largest police departments, reported last week that federal data failed to include or mislabeled hundreds of fatal police encounters.
Put simply: It’s hard to know for certain what is happening on the ground.
“We want a comprehensive picture … so people can be aware of what really goes on, and not the claptrap put out by people with agendas,” says David Klinger, a professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who has studied use of deadly force and hopes to get funding for a pilot project that could provide better national statistics.
To those who have taken to the streets to protest in recent weeks, that lack of context is almost beside the point.
“These are communities that have been living for generations under the yoke of what has felt like an occupying force,” says Phillip Atiba Goff, co-founder of UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity.
The high-profile cases have erupted one after the other.
Goff compares it to the ice bucket challenge phenomenon of this past summer — in which a series of viral videos raised millions of dollars for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
“Once something is trending, so that it’s in the American consciousness, people become aware of it,” he says.
“The reason we’re hearing about this is because we’re hearing about it. It has its own momentum.”
Goff has begun work on creating a policing database, with funding from the Department of Justice, the National Science Foundation and private groups.
He says it would include not just deaths but all police stops and uses of force.
“Is it getting better?
Is it getting worse?
What are the actual numbers?” asks Goff.
“You know, when a plane crashes, it feels all of a sudden like it’s not safe to fly.
But if you look at the statistics, it’s way safer to fly — and always has been — than to drive a car.”