Opinion Piece: Big Lie

Opinion Piece: Big Lie

By Patrick J. Brosnan

It was less than a year ago that protestors in New York City chanted: “What do we want? Dead cops When do we want it? Now."  Less than two years since Judge Shira Scheindlin virtually stopped active policing in the Big Apple with her subjective and constitutionally questionable decision finding the NYPD’s stop-question- and-frisk policy had been illegally applied.  This toxic combination of vicious rhetoric coupled with ideologically driven attempts at so-called reform has simultaneously declawed New York’s Finest while empowering criminals.  But, far worse, it has thrown gasoline on the Big Lie: those police officers are deliberately and illegally murdering black youth across America. 

Following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year- old Michael Brown in August, President Barack Obama proclaimed  that the criminal- justice system was often unfair to blacks. For the record, Michael Brown wasn’t shot because he was smoking weed or urinating in public: He had just robbed a store, and he had punched Officer Wilson in the face and tried to steal his gun.

It is not up to me to decide what activists should protest against. As a lifelong proponent of free speech, I applaud responsible protests. But yelling fire in a crowded movie theater is unacceptable and illegal. For 14 years, I was a robbery detective in the South Bronx during the crack-infested 1980s and '90s. So I don’t understand how a movement called “Black Lives Matter” can ignore the leading cause of death among young black men in America: homicide by their peers. Since 2001, more than 90,000 black men in the U.S. have been killed by other black men. To call this tragic fact an epidemic is not a metaphor. It's a harsh reality.  

No cop I worked with would disagree with the protesters' chant that black lives matter. As a detective, I implored black youths to tell me who had robbed them. Most of the time they clammed up, reaffirming their street “creds” by not bending to the will of a white detective. But it is naïve not to recognize that criminal members of the black underclass despise the police because they interfere with their criminal lifestyle. In other words, they're bad for business.

The clueless limousine liberals are oblivious to the level of violent crime in the black inner city. Simply put, the elites are so removed from the realities of street crime that their only understanding of criminals and the destruction they wreak in the inner cities comes from TV programs. 

Some facts:

There are more than 40 million police-civilian interactions a year. 

Police killings of blacks are extremely rare. According to published statistics, the police kill approximately 200 blacks across America, most of them armed and dangerous.

Thus far in 2015, nationally there were 981 police involved civilian deaths.  (233 or 24% were black) (448 or 47% were white) (145 or 15% were Latino)  Additionally, when it comes to NY State we rank #47 when it comes to per capita police involved deaths. 

In 2013, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, there were 6,261 black homicide victims in the U.S.- the vast majority killed by other black civilians. 

The NYPD has 34,500 officers and the city’s population, including tourists, is approximately 10 million. There are roughly 25 million police-civilian interactions annually. The "racist brutes of the NYPD" fired their weapons a mere 81 times in 2013, or one in every 330,000 interactions. The odds of being struck by lightening are 1 in 3,000.

As the late U.S, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynahan often said, “You/re entitled to your own opinion. But you're not entitled to your own facts.”  Race relations and policing in America would be greatly improved if the Black Lives Matter folks, and the elitists who fan the flames, took heed of this sage advice.

Patrick J. Brosnan is the owner of Brosnan Risk Consultants – a security and investigative firm based in Midtown Manhattan – and a crime analyst for Fox News.

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