Monday, February 6, 2017
Federal Judge Who Intervened Against Trump Travel Ban a big Believer in “Black Lives Matter” Agenda
Seattle area Federal Judge James L. Robart intervened against President Donald Trump’s travel ban last Friday. It may be of interest to some that Judge Robart went on rather a tear about just how much black lives matter during a hearing in August of 2016. The following excerpt from an article by Steve Miletich is rather revealing about at least a portion of the belief system of the George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench. Ed.
Federal judge declares “black lives matter” during hearing over Seattle police reform
By Steve Miletich 8/15/2016
“[Judge] Robart, who is presiding over a 2012 consent decree requiring the city to adopt reforms to address Department of Justice allegations of excessive force and biased policing, called for major changes that would directly affect the union’s membership: streamlined appeals of officer discipline and internal investigations conducted by civilians rather than sworn officers.
Robart ended the hearing with deeply personal remarks, in which he noted a statistic that showed, nationally, 41 percent of the shootings by police were of blacks, when they represented 20 percent of the population.
“Black lives matter,” he said, drawing a startled, audible reaction in a courtroom listening to the words coming from a federal judge sitting on the bench.
He also said the recent shootings of police officers, including in Dallas, Baton Rouge and, in 2009, of four Lakewood, Pierce County, officers, reflected the importance of the work being done to heal police and community relations.”
Judge Robart failed to note that the killers of the police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington state were each black. That brings me to an article written by John Lott in the December 2nd, 2014 New York Daily News. I’ve included an excerpt below. Ed.
Dangerous distortions about cops shooting black men
By John Lott
“If you’re going to correctly compare the rates at which police kill black and white male teenagers, you have to compare teenage crime rates. You can’t just compare crime rates among the entire black and white populations. The rate that these teenagers commit murder, not including rape and other less serious crimes, also provides a somewhat better measure of the perceived threat that they might pose to police.
Among blacks, teenage crime is much more prevalent. Based on the most recent available FBI crime numbers, black male teenagers were nine times more likely to commit murder than were their white counterparts. That’s right, nine times, and the gap in these urban areas is undoubtedly even larger.
After adjusting for murder rates, black male teenagers are still killed by the police 2.3 times as often as whites. This is a considerable difference — but again, over-representation of urban areas in the data set could be a big part of the explanation.
Screaming “racism!” may attract a TV audience. But uncritically spreading bad information is downright dangerous.”