Now, the Los Angeles Police Department, which once was widely suspected of engaging in racial profiling, has identified an officer it says is guilty of the offense. Tellingly, the allegations against Officer Patrick Smith — if true — include a clear sign of his intent, which was in part to deceive those who analyze statistics. According to sources in the department, Smith falsified reports to suggest that he was pulling over whites when in fact some of those he identified as white were Latino. Smith has been found guilty of nothing.
Still, it is worth noting that doctoring official records would make his numbers look fine but also would suggest a need to cover up something, and could be evidence that the officer’s intent was improper. What may fool the statistics may prove the crime.
Why has Los Angeles County found it necessary to go to such lengths for elaborate computerized machinery, when the problems exist in front of them?
We believe wholeheartedly that this is far more a multicultural issue than something called “racist.” Moreover, the mere fact that Congressional officials, television pundits, and the President of this nation find it their responsibility to mutter rubbish – for what, a vote?
And far be it from us but we’re not hearing squat about the New Black Panther party raising one million dollars so they can hunt down Mr. Zimmerman. Furthermore, Spike Lee is flying his true colors as are more people than should be.
The advent of sophisticated, usually computerized, tracking has allowed police departments greater insight into the actions of officers — and, thus, clues about who may be indulging in racism — but better tools must be employed smartly.
In all openness and candor it surprises us that the kind and size of investment the city of Los Angeles has made regarding the racial profiling apparatus when it makes a lot more sense using those same funds to get the entire state out of bankruptcy.
A traffic officer who stops only blacks or Latinos while working in West Los Angeles is probably missing something or covering up something; an officer working a night shift in South Los Angeles might well be fully justified in making such stops exclusively, because he might go an entire shift without seeing a single white driver. Smart analysis of that data can help officials sniff out trouble, but it won’t always be enough. Where they find deception, they may see all too clearly into an officer’s head.
Martin’s tragic death is a statistical outlier. More whites are killed by blacks than blacks killed by whites (or “white Hispanics”). And far, far more blacks are killed by other blacks. Indeed, if we’re going to use the prism of race to analyze murder rates, then the real epidemic is that of black murderers. Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute notes that recent data show black males age 14 to 24 commit homicides at a rate nearly 10 times higher than that of young white and Latino males combined.