Police shootings NOT biased against blacks, according to NY Times!
In the NY Times of all places, reporting on a study by black Harvard professor Roland G. Fryer Jr., in the Upshot column:
To answer this question, Mr. Fryer focused on one city, Houston. The Police Department there allowed the researchers to look at reports not only for shootings but also for arrests when lethal force might have been justified. Mr. Fryer defined this group to include suspects the police charged with serious offenses like attempting to murder an officer, or evading or resisting arrest. He also considered suspects shocked with Tasers.
And in the arena of “shoot” or “don’t shoot,” Mr. Fryer found that, in tense situations, officers in Houston were about 20 percent less likely to shoot a suspect if the suspect was black. This estimate was not very precise, and firmer conclusions would require more data. But, in a variety of models that controlled for different factors and used different definitions of tense situations, Mr. Fryer found that blacks were either less likely to be shot or there was no difference between blacks and whites.
I guess this can be reported in the NY Times because Fyer’s research also discovered that police are moderately more likely to use non-lethal force when dealing with blacks. For example, in a stop by police in New York City, blacks are 16% more likely to be handcuffed, 18% more likely to be pushed to the ground, etc. Those in the HBD community are probably not surprised at all by such disparities considering that HBDers strongly suspect that blacks are more likely to be hostile with police and less cooperative than whites. But an 18% difference isn’t really all that big of a disparity. Liberals and Black Lives Matters people imagine it to many times greater than that.