Monday, July 13, 2020

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Anonymous said...

Defund Police: Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue.65 We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.

www.utla.net/sites/default/files/samestormdiffboats_final.pdf

I downloaded the PDF.

The adjective leading must have some new, weird definition among UTLA-ers.

Here is 'a' definition.

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most important.
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Where I live, the police have shot one black person dead this year. He shot at them 1st. Police were responding to a drive by shooting of a house. The kind where you read the headlines that some child was asleep and got shot in the head from a bullet. Of course certain activists are really, really upset at the police for this death. Didn't hear them speak about the drive by shooting for some odd reason.

Some observations.

* There will be 20 deaths of so in the city. One out of 20 is not "leading" except among BLM, UTLA, and other liars.

* The police could solve this problem by not responding to 911 calls or shot spotter alerts. That way 0 out 20 deaths would be cause by police. No doubt UTLA=ers, BLM, Democrats and others would tell us that it is even worse sine 0 is greater than 1.

I just used a real local example.

The national statistics are about the same. These people do not use a Pareto chart or else lie about them. Or maybe they are just stupid?

Anonymous said...

1,008 people have been shot and killed by police in the past year

The data are still limited, which makes crafting policy difficult. A national data set established by the FBI in 2019, for example, contains data from only about 40% of US law-enforcement officers. Data submission by officers and agencies is voluntary, which many researchers see as part of the problem.

“Most agencies do not collect that data in a systematic way,” says Tracey Meares, founding director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. “I hope when people think about the science of this that they understand what we know, what we don’t know and why we don’t know it,” she says. “Policing, in large part for historical reasons, has proceeded in kind of a science-free zone.”
Bad apples

Scientists must often think creatively to work around the limitations in the data. Mark Hoekstra, an economist at Texas A&M University in College Station, has attempted to decipher the role of race in police officers’ use of force, by comparing responses to emergency calls.

Based on information from more than two million 911 calls in two US cities, he concluded that white officers dispatched to Black neighbourhoods fired their guns five times as often as Black officers dispatched for similar calls to the same neighbourhoods4 (see ‘Answering the call’). Hoekstra wonders whether the factors that contribute to an officer using excessive force might be predicted in a similar way to how US Major League Baseball teams use sophisticated statistical models to predict whether a player has the potential to be a future all-star.

Graphic showing the use of force by US police involving a gun across neighbourhoods based on racial composition

Anonymous said...

Four months after Trump blithely assured us that the pandemic would “disappear,” it has taken over 135,000 American lives. Cases are spiking in broad swaths of America previously spared; every week sees a record for new cases. While death rates had fallen since the peak in mid-April, they have now ominously begun to trend upwards again, and public health experts forecast a resurgence.

Cities in crisis—like New Orleans, Phoenix, and San Antonio—are woefully short of testing capacity. Red states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona which, at Trump’s urging, reopened too quickly are reimposing public health restrictions. Proactive states like California and Washington are suffering as well.

That’s on Trump. In May, a Columbia University study estimated that had the United States begun limiting social contacts one week earlier, roughly 35,000 lives would have been saved through early May; starting two weeks earlier would have prevented 1 million cases and 58,000 deaths through early May.

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