Study Finds Cops Less Hesitant to Use Guns Against Whites Than Blacks

This will shock anyone who takes the mainstream media narrative seriously, but no one who has given thought to the use of deadly force by police in a country run by liberals. Fearing the devastating consequences of shooting persons of politically privileged pigmentation, cops are more likely to shoot whites than blacks — despite blacks being statistically far more of a threat.

Participants in an innovative Washington State University study of deadly force were more likely to feel threatened in scenarios involving black people. But when it came time to shoot, participants were biased in favor of black suspects, taking longer to pull the trigger against them than against armed white or Hispanic suspects.

The findings, published in the recent Journal of Experimental Criminology, grow out of dozens of simulations aimed at explaining the disproportionate number of ethnic and racial minorities shot by police. The studies use the most advanced technology available, as participants with laser-equipped guns react to potentially threatening scenarios displayed in full-size, high-definition video.

The lead author was assistant research professor Lois James.

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James’ study is a follow-up to one in which she found active police officers, military personnel and the general public took longer to shoot black suspects than white or Hispanic suspects. Participants were also more likely to shoot unarmed white suspects than black or Hispanic ones and more likely to fail to fire at armed black suspects.

“In other words,” wrote James and her co-authors, “there was significant bias favoring blacks where decisions to shoot were concerned.”

When confronted by an armed white person, participants took an average of 1.37 seconds to fire back. Confronted by an armed black person, they took 1.61 seconds to fire and were less likely to fire in error. The 240-millisecond difference may seem small, but it’s enough to be fatal in a shooting.

Why might this be, when blacks are many times more likely than whites to be a threat to the police? Political correctness is why. As the authors of the study put it,

“there is some evidence from the field to support the proposition that an officer’s threat bias could cause him or her to tend to take more time to make decisions to shoot people whom they subconsciously perceived as more threatening because of race or ethnicity. This behavioral ‘counter-bias’ might be rooted in people’s concerns about the social and legal consequences of shooting a member of a historically oppressed [i.e., politically favored] racial or ethnic group.”

Liberals’ racial caste system has been internalized to the point that police officers hesitate to defend their own lives from blacks. No one wants to be in the shoes of Darren Wilson, the hero cop who shot a sociopathic monster that had just broken his face and was rewarded by the full weight of the federal government and establishment media coming down on his head.

On a tip from Wiggins. Hat tip: Young Conservatives. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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