Episode 380: Should police standardize firearms?
Episode 381: Should de-escalation be required?
Episode 342: Bribing gang members?
Episode 343: Should police view videos?
Episode 336: Officer arrests nurse for following the law.
Episode 337: Police shooting justified under stand-your-ground.
Episode 338: Many warnings of ANTIFA violence.
Episode 330: Situational awareness / Police ignore Antifa violence
Episode 331: Defendant cries racism / Police shoot driver
Episode 324: Speech suppressed by police in Boston.
Episode 325: The myth of racist police shootings.
Episode 318: Riots in Charlottesville.
Episode 319: Is filming police a right? / Suing over torture.
By Jeffrey James Higgins
Published on August 19 2017
Stories about racism are dominating the news and the false narrative that there is an epidemic of racist police officers killing unarmed black men continues to be widely believed, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It was a hot political issue during the last presidential campaign and it became one of the most reported stories in 2016. The value of propagating this falsehood has dwindled since the election, but it still lurks below the surface, waiting to be resurrected as a political weapon.
It is time to end this myth.
A quick statistical analysis of reported police shootings in 2015 and 2016 clearly shows that the unlawful use of deadly force by police against blacks is statistically insignificant. The number of people killed by insects in the United States each year is higher than the number of unarmed blacks shot and killed by police officers. Unfortunately the proliferation of this political lie and the vilification of police has resulted in the assassination of police officers, inflamed racial tensions, and a surge of violence in black communities.
Obviously, there is racism in the United States, just like there is in every other country in the world. Some police officers do commit individual acts of racism and there may even be residual, systemically racist policies in some police departments. There are also instances when deadly force is improperly used by some police officers, but racism cannot be assumed without evidence. While individual acts of racism and excessive use of deadly force by police do exist, the characterization of these incidents as systemic problems is absurd.
Episode 312: Intrusive medical exams / Stopping fleeing suspects.
Episode 313: Did police plant drugs / Man with rifle killed / Doughnut problem.
Episode 306: Charging murder, Minneapolis shooting, and Ferguson lawsuit.
Episode 307: Mayoral candidate wants to disarm police and suspect shot over 40 times.
Episode 300: Unarmed woman shot by police in Minneapolis.
Episode 301: Shooting in Brazil and transgender identification.
Episode 294: Police with PTSD.
Episode 295: Should Physical standards apply to everyone?
Episode 288: Disinformation endangers police.
Episode 289: Why guns don’t cause violence and why we need them.
Episode 282: Are police officers conservative?
Episode 283: Castile video released / Unintended consequences.
Episode 276: Travel ban / Viewer questions / Citizen arrest.
Episode 277: Barricaded suspect response analyzed.
Watch five episodes of the LEO Roundtable, from the show on June 12, 2017. Jeffrey discusses terrorism, gangs, theories of deterrence, and the use of force.
Episode 264: Jeffrey urges the UK to arm their police in light of the London Bridge attack and suggests that incapacitation is the way to reduce terrorism.
On June 5, 2017, Jeffrey discussed Islamic terrorism and police use of force on the LEO Round Table podcast.
Jeffrey analyzes statistical problems, shooting tactics, advances in technology, and behavioral profiling on the May 29th episode of the LEO Roundtable.
Statistical problems and why gun-free zones don’t work:
On May 22, 2017, Jeffrey appeared on the LEO Roundtable, a podcast analyzing law enforcement issues. Below are the videos.
Part I: A terror attack in New York and a question of judicial racial bias.