Lie #2: Police Are Actually Solving Crimes
Clearance rates indicate how frequently cops solve crime, but in cities like Chicago these rates are incredibly low when it comes to Black people. Police have gotten caught lying about their clearance rates and framing Black people, too. Race often dictates whether a crime will be solved.
Lie #3: Police Protect The Vulnerable
Police regularly target and brutalize Black children. Hundreds of officers committed rape and sexual assaults between 2005 and 2013, averaging 45 a year, based on victims who decided to come forward - but most don’t. Authorities rarely address sexual violence or test the MASSIVE backlog of “rape kits.
Lie #4: Police Serve Their Community
Most police are not from the communities they’re supposed to serve. This is true in almost two-thirds of the US cities with the largest police forces. Police are often more like occupying forces than the friendly neighbors people may think.
Lie #5: Policing Works
Like prisons and jails, police often cause the Black community more harm than help. They limit extremely important community resources with hugely-inflated budgets. A better use of the money? Fixing poverty, education, healthcare, and unemployment, which actually prevents crime!