Eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) , to include the monumentally dimwitted Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), have joined forces in another attempt to push through something called the Police Accountability Act.
As reported by Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner, if any given law enforcement official (LEO) should be found of committing murder or assault in the line of duty, the same LEO would also find themselves up on federal charges that could result in the death penalty;
Several House Democrats have introduced legislation that would subject state and local police to the death penalty if they are found guilty or assault or murder.
The Police Accountability Act, from Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., is one of the Democrats’ answers to the police brutality that they say still plagues black Americans around the country.
His bill would subject police to the death penalty when cops commit certain crimes that already trigger the death penalty in other circumstances. Johnson, who has introduced this bill in prior Congresses, said it’s needed because police cannot be put above the law.
“I support our law enforcement officers,” Johnson said. “They have a difficult job to uphold the law and to protect and serve the American people and to keep them safe from harm’s way. They should be commended and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
“But law enforcement officers are not above the law and should be held accountable like anyone else,” he added.
“People are rightfully demanding an end to unequal justice, and that those who are responsible for the use of excessive force be brought to justice,” Johnson said.
Unfortunately for Congressman Johnson and his pals at the CBC, reporter Philippe Lemoine of the National Review has already published data that sinks the Democrat narrative the black males are somehow “targeted” by police;
According to this narrative, black men are constantly harassed by the police and routinely brutalized with impunity, even when they have done nothing wrong, and there is an “epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men.” Even high-profile black celebrities often claim to be afraid of the police because the same thing might happen to them. Police brutality, or at least the possibility that one might become a victim of such violence, is supposed to be part of the experience of a typical black man in the U.S. Events such as the death of Brown in Ferguson are presented as proof that black men are never safe from the police.
This narrative is false. In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence — and though white men experience such violence even less often, the disparity is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small.
Let’s start with the question of fatal violence. Last year, according to the Washington Post’s tally, just 16 unarmed black men, out of a population of more than 20 million, were killed by the police. The year before, the number was 36. These figures are likely close to the number of black men struck by lightning in a given year, considering that happens to about 300 Americans annually and black men are 7 percent of the population. And they include cases where the shooting was justified, even if the person killed was unarmed.
Similarly, a black man has on average only 0.32 contacts with the police in any given year, compared with 0.35 contacts for a white man. It’s true that black men are overrepresented among people who have many contacts with the police, but not by much. Only 1.5 percent of black men have more than three contacts with the police in any given year, whereas 1.2 percent of white men do.
Perhaps living proof that a mind is a terrible thing, Rep. Johnson is best known for his concern that the US territory of Guam might “tip over” if too many Marines were stationed in the Island.