The notion that the police commonly uses violence against, or even kills, black men is flawed, writes Philippe Lemoine of National Review. Bias against black people exists, but actual police aggression against them is much rarer than most people realize. In 2016, only 16 unarmed black men were killed by police, which includes instances where this was a justifiable response. Looking at statistics, the violence against black men stands out less when compared to their crime rate. Police are more likely to use physical force on criminals. The media has convinced many Americans that this is widespread issue, which it really isn’t.
Analyzing the findings of several studies and investigations, Kia Makarechi of Vanity Fair asserts that black people are unfairly targeted by the police in the majority of cases. The data indicates that black people are more likely to be handcuffed, searched, physically attacked, have a gun pointed at them and shot by police. Officers were found to repeatedly treat black people worse and be more suspicious of them. Even after the higher crime rate among African Americans was taken into account, the data still suggested a strong disparity in their treatment compared to that of white people. The police systematically targets and mistreats black people.