IS ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RACIST? STATISTICS SAY NOT SO MUCH
By CHANDLER BENNETT
Everyone by now has heard about the tragic killing Salaythis Melvin. Whether a criminal or an innocent victim, any loss of life is always devastating emotionally to the family, friends and officers involved. The Mayor has called for an investigation by the DOJ, though many of the facts now seem to point to an adverse reaction by the police, the Sheriff's office denies the officers were racist or used any slurs against Salaythis Melvin.
However, without know the facts, a group of protestors marched at the Florida Mall to promote the need for justice in the case of Melvin and police violence against African Americans. We investigated whether or not a "pandemic of racism" truly exists within the law enforcement agencies of our local cities and the Orange County Sheriff's Office itself.
Statistics from a Washington Post study indicate that from the year 2015 to the present, only three unarmed black men were shot by officers in Orange County, FL. And while each of these lives hold immense meaning and value, as a whole, these killings do not reflect a broad pattern of unarmed shootings or police violence on othe basis of race.
In the country as a whole, according to the same Washington Post study, a police officer is 18 and a half times more likely to be shot by a black man than an unarmed black man is to be shot by a police officer. Given numbers like this, wouldn't it make more sense for the police to start protesting instead of BLM?
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