Attorney General Bill Barr is pushing back on the left-wing narrative that police officers are racists who are gunning down unarmed black men, and a longtime police officer says non-compliance is the issue.
A compliant national media is airing the claims from violent groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter that badge-wearing Americans are killing blacks, but the attorney generals says that is untrue.
“The fact of the matter is,” he told CNN in a testy interview, “it's very rare for an unarmed African American to be shot a white police officer.”
Randy Sutton of The Wounded Blue says the statistics bear out General Barr's claim: Last year, approximately 1,000 people were killed by a law enforcement officer.
“Nine were black men,” he says, “who were killed by police, who did not have a weapon at the time.”
Critics do have a comeback to such a statistic. African Americans make up only 13 percent of the population but they are the victims in 32 percent of the shootings.
Sutton says even that statistic is a misleading.
“What is not being said here,” he says, “is that the violent crime rate committed by black men is so disproportionate to the rest of the population that it's shocking: 52 percent of all murders in the United States are committed by black males.”
One fatal encounter happened this week in Washington, D.C., where police officers responded to a man-with-a-gun call, and minutes later an officer wearing a body camera (pictured above) shot and killed an 18-year-old armed with a handgun.
According to ABC News, two black men fled on foot from pursuing officers and a pursuing officer shot and killed the teen, Deon Kay.
Police officers released body came footage the day after the shooting, which shows Kay holding a large handgun in his right hand as he is shot moments later in the chest.
Kay was described by D.C. law enforcement as a known gang member who was known by the police.
Immediately after the fatal shooting, Black Lives Matter D.C. predicted in a Twitter post that police would manipulate the video footage and lie. The group later claimed the teen was “murdered” by police and another Twitter post promoted a vigil for Kay set for tomorrow, September 5.
Sutton tells OneNewsNow there is one more thing that everyone is missing that needs to be addressed: the issue of non-compliance.
“If someone is going to be combative with law enforcement,” he warns, “that can lead to a deadly force situation.”