The murder of George Floyd by a White officer has not only given rise to protests (and riots, looting, and burning businesses) but to the BLM’s assignation of massive institutional racism in police departments. This narrative has been picked up by the media and broadcast incessantly, but is it true? Data doesn’t support it.
Of 375 million police interactions with the public in 2019, and 10 million arrests, nine unarmed Black men were killed. That is nine men too many. But institutional racism disappeared with the end of segregation laws. There are definitely bad apples in every profession, including police, teachers, medicine, etc. Do we defund teachers? Do we stop paying doctors? Do we defund the police? Do we throw the baby out with the bathwater?