We are constantly hearing about the “large” number of blacks being killed by police. It is hard to put the numbers in perspective just by watching or reading the media. I will try.

State Senator Julian Garrett

State Senator Julian Garrett

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Bohlken1

Wow, so KNLBEE believes that it is wrong, and "label[ing] people by the color of their skin," to refer to Black people as "Blacks". I bet KNLBEE would be really disgusted to know that Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first Black justice on the United States Supreme Court stated, "Today’s Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish." Justice Marshall even labeled himself as one of the "Blacks"! Mr. Justice Marshall, if you were still alive, KNLBEE would set you straight!

Womenmatter states, "When you use statics or facts, site your sources. 402 unarmed blacks killed by police is 'Large.'" She also stated Sen. Garrett, had a "history of voting for unjust treatment of blacks."

Well, Sen. Garrett did cite his source, the Washington Post. Sen. Garrett's reference to "402 were unarmed" is not a reference to 402 unarmed Blacks being killed but to 402 unarmed persons of all races being killed by police since 2015. In 2019, for example, only 9 unarmed Blacks were shot by police. The odds of any unarmed person, Black or white, being shot by police is less than their chance of being struck by lightning.

Academic studies have found the following: (a) Michigan State University: “When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-Black disparities in fatal shootings [or] fatal shootings of unarmed citizens”; (b) Center for Policing Equity: mean lethal use of force rates per 1000 arrests: Black: 0.37 White: 0.64; and (c) University of Texas: “Black suspects were approximately one third as likely to be shot as other suspects.”

For further information, check my Des Moines Register article at https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2020/06/29/police-and-racism-what-statistics-show-stereotypes/3274391001/

While Womenmatter claims that people should cite their sources, she provides no facts backing up the absurd proposition that Sen. Garrett had a "history of voting for unjust treatment of blacks." She also provides no support for the even more absurd propositions that she would be killed by "a poorly crafted Republican bill" or that GOP legislators took away any rights or passed any unnecessary laws that will be nullified by federal law.

Like Sen. Garrett, and Justice Marshall, Womenmatter referred to Black people as "Blacks". I have no problem with this, but KNLBEE must be very upset.

KNLBEE

“We are constantly hearing about the “large” number of blacks being killed by police” says Julian Garrett in a recent OpEd for the Advocate. It struck me, maybe that goes to the root of racial disparity in this country. He says “blacks”, not black people, not African-Americans, he simply uses the term “blacks”.

How can a representative label people by the color of their skin! Hey Julian, they are NOT blacks, they are people! They are people who have contributed to the development of this country from Crispus Attucks who was killed by British soldiers in the Boston Massacre to the black soldiers who fought with distinction during the Civil War, and the Tuskegee Airmen of WW II. Those are just a few examples!

He continues; “people are far more likely to die in a traffic accident than to be killed by police”. What’s the point? Traffic accidents aren’t hired to protect citizens!

“You are much more likely to die in a workplace accident than to be killed by police” is another attempt to minimize an unacceptable trend.

Finally Garrett decries; “We do not get paid for any time beyond 110 days” to which I can only counter with; Then go home, you’re not making things better!

Kevin Beener

Womenmatter

When you use statics or facts, site your sources. 402 unarmed blacks killed by police is “ Large”. Of course with your history of voting for unjust treatment of blacks, I am not surprised you mask the topic by saying auto accidents and workplace accidents kill more. In fact, it is more likely that I will die of a poorly crafted republican bill than shot by a peace officer.

Overtime would not have been needed if the GOP legislators had not spent the entire session trying to make life more miserable by falling lock step in with other Red states, taking away rights and adding unnecessary laws that will be nullified by federal law.

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