It was an iconic second within the protection of the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the US Capitol: CNN anchor Don Lemon wept at video footage of police officer Daniel Hodges being crushed in a door by the mob. Officer Hodges survived however suffered complications for per week.
If Lemon has cried over earlier or subsequent assaults on officers, a casual search of the file doesn’t reveal it. The remainder of the media have been equally — and uncharacteristically — moved by the Jan. 6 assaults. The New York Instances and different shops ran lengthy studies on the emotional trauma skilled by the Capitol defenders, none of whom was lethally injured within the assaults. In what is likely to be a primary in trendy media historical past, the lieutenant who killed the unarmed Ashli Babbitt was even given a sympathetic interview on NBC, after half a yr of media inattention to the seemingly unjustified taking pictures. The interracial side of that officer-involved killing (black officer, white sufferer) was not deemed noteworthy, not like officer-involved killings the place the races are reversed.
On Dec. 16, 2021, Police Officer Keona Holley was assassinated sitting alone in her patrol automotive at 1:30 a.m. in southern Baltimore. Travon Shaw, 32, a violent felon awaiting trial on a gun possession cost, shot her from behind, in keeping with his confederate — putting Holley twice within the head, as soon as within the leg and as soon as within the hand. Per week after the ambush, Holley was faraway from life help and died, abandoning 4 kids and a stricken police drive.
A bystander filmed the aftermath of the taking pictures and posted the video on Instagram. He may be heard urging viewers to not report the assault, because the police harass members of the group.
A lot of the media appear to have taken his recommendation. The New York Instances has not run one story on the homicide, although it has printed within the interim a number of lengthy options on police shootings and alleged police racism.
The Baltimore Solar and The Washington Publish have lined the incident, however elsewhere, the protection has been skinny to nonexistent.
And but the homicide of law enforcement officials is, on a per capita foundation, a much more vital drawback than deadly officer shootings of civilians. And the killing of law enforcement officials by black civilians is a much more vital drawback than the killing of unarmed blacks by law enforcement officials. As of Nov. 30, 2021, 67 law enforcement officials had been feloniously killed by criminals. Conservatively utilizing the 2019 nationwide headcount of 697,196 sworn officers (now undoubtedly decrease), 9.6 officers per 100,000 officers have been feloniously killed by means of November.
As of Dec. 27, 2021, 4 unarmed black individuals have been slain by law enforcement officials because the begin of the yr, in keeping with The Washington Publish. The Publish’s “unarmed” class consists of violently resisting crime suspects. These 4 unarmed black individuals characterize .000008 p.c of the nation’s almost 47 million self-identified blacks, or lower than 1/100 of 1 individual killed by a cop per 100,000 blacks.
Traditionally, black males have made up over 40 p.c of cop-killers nationwide, although black males are 6 p.c of the inhabitants. Conservatively estimating that 40 p.c of the cop-killers this yr have been black, 26 officers have been killed by a black suspect in 2021, for a fee of almost 4 cops per 100,000 officers killed by black civilians. A police officer is about 400 occasions as more likely to be killed by a black suspect as an unarmed black is to be killed by a police officer.
Murders of law enforcement officials have been up almost 56 p.c by means of the tip of November in contrast with 2020, a yr that already noticed surging anti-cop violence within the wake of the George Floyd race riots. Just like the assassination of Baltimore officer Holley, these killings get virtually no consideration from the nationwide media, since they happen disproportionately as a part of the each day gun violence that afflicts internal cities and that’s additionally beneath media discover.
But such officer killings strike on the very coronary heart of our civilization. A society that turns its eyes away from assaults on legislation enforcement (besides after they affirm a popular media narrative) is a society that’s heading for anarchy. The crime wave of the final two years means that we’re effectively on our method to simply such a disintegration of legislation and order.
Heather Mac Donald is a fellow on the Manhattan Institute and creator of “The Conflict on Cops.”