Myth: Police target black people

There are some bad alders, too

Madison alders ended the curfew Tuesday night, not that it stopped anyone from rioting. Because riots aren’t the problem — police are! 

Boarded up window art

Madison WI’s progressive mayor celebrates boarded up store windows

“This is not about a curfew. … This is about people knowing that there are bad eggs in their (police) department and letting it go on,” Ald. Donna Moreland said.

Maybe now Ald. Mike Verveer will renounce his Progressive Dane membership. “You’re sending a signal to all those folks downtown who are struggling to make any sense of this nightmare that they’re living through,” Verveer said, noting many of the businesses affected are local mom-and-pop shops and owned by immigrants. (According to The Capital Times.)

Liberal cities, radical mayhem

The “broken-windows” school of policing says that you can help maintain public order by taking care of even small examples of disorder — such as fixing broken windows. Liberals scorned that policy in the last decade as somehow racist. Well, in recent days we’ve learned that America’s Left does have a broken-windows policy: Let rioters break enough windows and loot enough stores and maybe their righteous anger will be satisfied.  That’s certainly how it looked when the June sun rose Tuesday over the broken glass, looted storefronts, burnt-out cars, and vandalized buildings in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Madison, and other American cities.— Wall Street Journal.

Who mourns the dead police officer?

A retired St. Louis police captain and municipal chief was shot to death by looters at a St. Louis pawn shop early Tuesday, and his killing apparently was broadcast on Facebook Live. David Dorn, 77, was shot in the torso about 2:30 a.m. He died on the sidewalk in front of the shop, Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, at 4123 Martin Luther King Drive. The killing north of downtown happened on a night of violence and destruction in St. Louis, as rioting followed protests … via
David Dorn St Louis

Former cop David Dorn killed during riots

The essential Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute:

In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a War on Cops bookcoverquarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. 

In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.

The police fatally shot 9 unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019 … those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0.1% of all African-Americans killed in 2019. 

By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. … A 2015 Justice Department analysis of the Philadelphia Police Department found that white police officers were less likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot unarmed black suspects.

Blaska’s Bottom Line23 people were shot dead and 61 more were wounded in Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year so far, which also saw widespread protests, riots and looting throughout the city in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. (Story here.) None by police.

What do YOU think?

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11 Responses to Myth: Police target black people

  1. Ed says:

    I for one, will purposefully avoid D.T. Madison as much as possible & as long as I can.

    For course with a few more days of looting there will not be much left, other than the politics, downtown. Merchants that can recover, should head for the burbs or Hilldale. The people who live downtown, hope you rent, so when the lease is up you too can escape.

    Looking back Fontana closed the wrong location a few years ago.

    Let the Mayor and the goofy City Council enjoy a vacant d.t.

    A broken clock is right twice a day. In this case Verveer.


  2. Balboa says:

    Where have you gone Paul Soglin our city turns it lonely eyes to you?

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  3. Viktoria says:

    I think it’s funny that it only takes society going up in flames for conservatives to start quoting racial crime rate statistics. But Tucker Carlson is still on TV saying we should reject tribalism.

    The total numbers of whites killed by police since 2017 until now is 1,268. This includes Duncan Socrates Lemp, who was shot by officers while asleep in his bed. Although the cops made up a completely different story to try and hide their actions in that circumstance.

    The total number of blacks killed within the same time period is 698.

    Every multicultural civilization since Babylon has increased in competition and conflict until inevitably collapsing into chaos.

    The main problem with conservatives is that, at this point in time, the society they’re trying to conserve is either already lost or so far into Orwellian territory that their support of it seems insane.


    • richard lesiak says:

      Now you did it. Calling out conservatives on this blog? May god have mercy on your soul. As one who knows your beating shall begin in 3…2…1….


    • Sprocket says:

      Conservatives value stability and tradition. I think this predisposes them to suffer from normalcy bias. At this point I think the Republican brand of conservatism has nothing to offer and no future. The utility of glad handing empty suits has come to and end.

      If conservatives want to recover this country they will need to match the lefties blow for blow. Whether rhetorically or in the street. They need to consistently and relentlessly make the case the left are parasitic authoritarians who loathe the average American. There’s still enough of the country that believes in America to kick the crap out of the left. All that’s needed is leadership with the courage to articulate that vision.

      Trump’s natural pugnacity has taken us a little way down this road. This is the thing about him that scares the crap out of the Washington establishment. However, there are no ideological underpinnings to his actions. We need a need Trump bellicosity mated to an ideological desire to utterly destroy the left.

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  4. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    THE most dangerous thing to a Black man?

    Another Black man!

    Just ask Reverend/Race Hustler Extraordinaire Jesse “(I) Turn Around And See Somebody White And Feel Relieved Jackson.

    The Gotch

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  5. Paul Lawrence says:

    Didn’t know you could be that clueless, Mayor. Next: “What do you think of the concentric urine stains I placed on your business’s grave!”


    • Ed says:


      The mayor is clueless from acadmia. Who is going to be shocked that the tax base shrunk dramatically because people and left Madison. Looters don’t pay taxes.

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  6. Larsen E. Whipsnade says:

    I have a friend in Belleville, Illinois, who knew Captain Dorn and is devastated at his senseless death. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. God Bless Captain Dorn.


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