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A Data Point About Police Dog Bites Shows Flaw in Black Lives Matter’s Logic

Police dogs are more likely to bite white people than black people, according to data compiled by a dog training expert and police consultant.

SO WHAT

Disparity isn’t proof of discrimination.

THE DATA

Vice News reported that the data show white people “are proportionally bitten more frequently” than blacks.

  • Bob Eden, a 28-year police force veteran, shared his database with Vice News for a July feature about experts’ fears that police dogs are being used to oppress marginalized communities and people of color.
  • Roughly 4,500 dogs are represented in Eden’s data, which draws from 1,500 police agencies in North America.
  • The numbers contradict experts’ claims that police K-9 units are “disproportionately” used against people of color.

DISPARATE IMPACT

Time and time again racial justice activists have claimed that disparate impact – that is, a particular policy or action disproportionately harming black people – is evidence of racism.

  • Black Lives Matter supporters have made much of that fact that, while police kill more white people, black people are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement.
  • But Eden’s data confirms what conservatives have long argued: following the logic of disparate impact can lead to absurd conclusions.

Money quote: “That’s a horrifying racial disparity — one that indicates that a segment (a thankfully small segment) of the black community has a terrible problem with violent crime,” David French wrote for National Review in  2016. “Given the undeniable reality that people don’t commit crime on a proportionate basis, why would any rational person believe that law enforcement shootings would follow population percentages more than crime statistics?”

Similarly, the fact that white people are more likely to be bitten by police dogs shouldn’t be taken as evidence of racism against white people.

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