Justin Versus Chuck Norris!

We like to have fun too!  I put up a poll to see who would win in a virtual fight, in the virtual KOA Arena.  Only one of you picked me, everyone else picked Chuck to win.  Commentator Charles “Lightning Strike” McBride host of the Labyrinth relays the action!  Lets see how it goes……….



State Senator Perry is EVIL!!!


Here’s the basic transcript I read from for this video…sorry about the audio guys:


The Federalist Papers Project has some people up in arms because Republican State Senator Jonathan Perry of Louisiana has decided that he wants to push for all volunteers to require training, certificates and a permit fee before they can go into flooded areas.  Trust me, I get it, all you want to do is help people, or all these people want to do is help others.  I understand.  But I also understand the Senator.  In fact, back in 2013 when I changed my degree plan from Hospitality to Homeland Security and Emergency Management, I made a decision that if I ever managed to land a position as an Emergency Management Director, I would work with the state for a required training program and proper certifications that every Search and Rescue team on site had to be qualified in before they were allowed out on the field.  If they didn’t, I would find another mission they could help with.

It’s all part of managing the safety and security of the victims, as well as the volunteers.  And after Hurricane Katrina, it is of vital importance that we understand this.  Louisiana saw first hand what happens when an improperly managed search and rescue mission is executed.  Who better than Louisiana to provide the leadership that the Emergency Management field needs in order to ensure things are properly done?

When Katrina kicked off, volunteers rushed in to help usher victims to safety.  One of the conflicts, however, was that there wasn’t a lot of communication between volunteers and the people running the scene on what places were or were not already cleared by other volunteer groups. This lack of organization didn’t just make it difficult to get to victims, it also spread the efforts out so thin, that they were less effective than had they been a unified organization communicating with one another.  This also left volunteers out in the middle of the field exposed to a number of issues, which risked their own safety.  Understanding and knowing how to work with the National Incident Management System, of which you can receive free training on from FEMA’s website, is one of the most important things a Volunteer in Search and Rescue can do.

Next is personal training.  Knowing all of the things that you can do in order to mitigate risks to yourself and the victims you are trying to save.  If you’re out of the picture, that’s one less volunteer and one more victim.  This could be a number of things, knowing how many people you can have on your boat, knowing what actions to take if your boat starts to show signs of being unable to continue.  Or if you’re out in the wilderness pulling a track and trail mission, this is stuff like knowing how to navigate terrain, knowing the dangers of letting your dog run to lead you rather than ensuring you are walking the terrain. Or if you’re on a missing person’s case, how not to taint the search area with your cigarette butts because it could give a false lead.  A number of things go into personal training depending on the type of search and rescue mission you are on.

Finally, the permit seems to be the biggest issue my friends have had.  Someone has to verify your certifications, and someone has to input you into the system.  This is not something you do once and you’re trained, it’s progressive and maintained.  You can’t teach a canine how to track something, then let him go for 2-3 years without any training expecting him to be able to simply pick it up again.  There are other factors, like you being able to read your dog.  So you have to maintain it.  Every year, someone has to ensure that you’re up-to-date.  This permit fee helps pay for that person to verify it all.

So you can be angry with Perry all you want.  There are Search and Rescue teams out there that are applauding him because they have seen what happens when improperly trained personnel get on the field.  Many of them have been fighting for exactly this type of move by the government in their own states.  So as the Federalist Papers put it “Citizen’s aren’t buying it”, that’s because you’ve not seen what happens out there.  You don’t know how badly others have messed it up.

How to give away your POWER!


My wife took 3 of my daughters shopping for school this past week. This is something that she likes to do with them, and they would rather go with her because with me, it is more like getting issued uniforms at basic training (LOL). Anyways, when they came home, one of my daughters was upset that it was hard to find clothes that fit her the way that she wants. She was upset and crying. I told my wife that I was going to talk to her and my wife advised that I should leave her alone and let her work it out. So I did.

Later that night, I came home from work, and I noticed that the grass had not been cut even though my daughter had given her word that it was going to be cut (2 days in a row). I came inside and asked out loud “Is the lawnmower broken”? My wife told me that my daughter was down stairs with her older sister and was still crying and upset. I called for her to come upstairs.

As we talked, I learned that she was upset over her size (she is built like her Daddy) and that a few kids at school had said something to her that had made it worse (more like initiated her dislike of herself). As it goes for most fathers whose children are the focus of harsh words and inappropriate comments, the Fire and Lava started erupting and boiling up from the pit of my belly ready to smite the fools who dared utter such words! But, it is not a time for smite, it is a time for calm and understanding.

I asked her why she cared about what others said to her. “Don’t you like who you are” I asked. She responded with “I do, I did”. “What changed” I asked. “They said that I looked like I was wearing Maternity clothes” she said. “Are you wearing maternity clothes?” “No” she said. She told me that it was hard to deal with, when people were asking her questions like that because it made her feel bad about herself.

I don’t think that I need to tell anyone reading this, that it is wrong to say inappropriate things to others in an attempt to make them feel bad. In fact, we call this bullying and most of us agree that this is wrong (if you don’t think it is wrong, come by and we can have a conversation about it). Bullying has been a thing probably since the beginning of time. In all of our attempts in this “modern” times to curb or stop bullying has been in vain. We always seem to combat bullying by going after those who bully in a passive aggressive way and expect them to just stop. We post signs and posters in school, have slogans and mantras, and air TV commercials, all in an attempt to stop it. Why does it not work effectively? I’m not advocating direct violence, but in my day when people bullied others, sometimes a swift butt whoopin would make a bully think twice about going after someone.

However, I am an advocate of defending yourself is someone is using violence to bully. If someone is bringing violence upon your person, you have the right to defend yourself. But in this case, no violence is being directed at my daughter and I would not suggest that she use violence in return. So, how do we combat this type of bullying? “Why do you let others dictate how you feel” I asked her. I have said this probably a thousand times before and I will keep saying it; You cannot really control most of what happens outside of yourself, but you can control 100% of how you internalize what happens on the inside. It very much is like the “gift” metaphor. If someone gives you a gift and you refuse, who does the gift belong to? If people try and give you words designed to hurt you and you refuse them, then those words belong to the giver.

Physical assaults are, in my mind, much easier to confront, because it leaves bruises and marks. It is more difficult to hide this type of bullying. Psychological bullying is a much different thing. It causes marks and bruises that cannot be seen. It can go “unseen” for a very long time and the damage can, if not dealt with, cause tremendous amounts of long term issues. It is up to the victim to say something and many times they do not say anything until the damage is already done. That is why I pay very close attention to my children in their day to day lives, their social media interactions, phone conversations, etc. I have also instilled in them a willingness to open up to me and their mother when issues start. This is not full proof mind you, but it does go a long way in heading off potential trouble.

My daughter is one, when she sees someone being bullied, will stand up and defend that person. I know this, because I have been called by the school a several occasions when she had gotten in someones face and told them to back down. But curiously enough, she has trouble standing up for herself. I suspect that many of us out there are much like this. I said to her “One of these two things is a lie. On one hand, you will find the courage to stand up for whats right and defend another person. On the other hand, you will let someone get you down on yourself because of what they say to you. One of these is a truth and the other is a lie. Which is it?” I continued, “When you see someone being picked on, you find that fire in the pit of your belly and stand up for them, but when someone says something like that to you, you don’t light that fire and just accept what they say. I believe that the moments when you stand up for others is the truth, and the moments that you allow others to dictate your feelings and emotions is the lie”. My Brother from another Mother David Edge once said to me; “The greatest lie ever told, is the one we tell ourselves.” How true this is, and how powerful of an effect is has on us at our very core.

“You get what you allow.” This is something else that I have said countless times again and again. Story time! Once upon a time there were two farmers whose fields were separated only by a fence. The one farmer plants delicious melons of all kinds, the other farmer grows nasty prickly cacti. The cactus farmer is jealous of the melon farmer because he gets all of the attention and everyone wants to buy melons and not cacti. So the cactus farmer starts throwing cacti seeds over the fence. The melon farmer sees this and decides to do nothing about it, just accepting this passive aggressive attempt of retribution. The cactus farmer sees this and takes note that the melon farmer knows he is doing this and is doing nothing about it, encouraging him to keep throwing the seeds over the fence. Over time, the melon farmers crop starts to change and eventually all he is able to grow is cacti. The melon farmer allowing this action to go unchecked now joins in the cactus farmers misery because no one wants to come and buy cacti. He allowed himself to be dragged into a condition of despair because he did nothing to stop the cactus farmer from polluting his crop. He got exactly what he allowed.

The Mind works very much in this way. It is my view, that the Mind is the bridge between the other two, the Body and Spirit (Soul). It operates much like a field or a garden. If positive thoughts are planted and cultivated, then your outlook will be positive, you will have confidence and a healthy self-esteem. If you plant negative and self defeating thoughts, then your outlook and self-esteem will be negative. Likewise, if you allow others to plant negative seeds in your mind, then the outcome is the same as if you put them there yourself. You join them in their misery just like the melon farmer and it will be because you allowed it to happen.

My daughter agreed with me in that standing up for others is the truth and that allowing others to control how she feels is the lie. “It is so hard to stand up for myself” she said. “I know it is. It is something that even I struggle with sometimes. Sometimes I forget the power I hold over myself and my feelings and emotions. But it is a struggle that is worth the time and effort. The more you practice these principles, the easier they become. Doing what is right is never easy.” I replied.

I left her with this before sending her to bed as it was late; “When we allow other people to dictate how we feel, and seek to change for them, it creates a precedence in their minds and ours. If you decide to change for someone, understand that it will not be the end of their need to control you. They will find something else, and then something else, and on and on. It will be endless. Seek to make the changes that YOU want. These will be harmonious to you and your whole self and not at the expense of your self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. Your mother and I do not seek to ever change you, only guide you in positive directions. We love you no matter what you look like, how much you weigh, how you dress, what you like, and so on.” I gave her a hug and kiss and sent her to bed.

The point I was making is this; you have the power to allow and reject influences from others. Only you have the power to influence your feelings and emotions. Only you can give that power away to someone else. Don’t trust others to control how you feel, trust yourself with this. If you allow others to dictate your feelings and emotions, you only have yourself to blame. Not a popular thing to say, I know. I just don’t care if it is popular or not. I will be doing a video on this soon, in that video I will share another story I told her to illustrate the point I am making. At the end of the day, only you can……Awaken the Knight Within!

Riot Control Reform

By Alethea Thompson

Following a shooting of 23 year old Sylville Smith in Milwaukee this past weekend, protesters gathered to defend the recently deceased.  Unfortunately, it was not not long before the protests became violent and turned into a massive riot that resulted in a lot of damages.  This case, as well as the riots that occurred in Ferguson and Baltimore make it clear that something needs to be done to ensure the safety of the peaceful population.  Although every city has a protocol to deal with riots which include the use of tear gas, water hoses, and other forms of riot protocols, it is obvious that in extreme situations, such as the these three incidents, are simply not enough.

These situations cannot use traditional riot control methods because they were not localized.  Instead, in all three incidents were spread out, making it a bit more difficult to control the problem.  To give you an idea, imagine yourself trying to chase after a bunch of sheep running in a variety of directions.  It’s a huge headache.  Instead you get a faster more capable animal to help you herd the sheep together (such as a shepherd or a horse).  Well…it is sort of like that, except that humans are far better at evasion techniques, and they can do a lot more damage than sheep.

We could talk ad nausea all day about how the National Guard should have been allowed to use lethal force in Ferguson, there really is wisdom in not doing so.  It’s clear that this is not something that can be easily remedied, but we can work towards trying to resolve riot issues in other methods.

  1. Legislation.  There has been a lot of hatred towards legislation because it seems to target particular demographics.  I’ve already considered this and went looking before I even made this suggestion- White people are idiots too.  We riot over the dumbest things- like the Giants losing, or a Pennsylvania coach getting fired because he allowed his assistant to molest children.  Each of these incidents have occurred since 2010, so it’s not like it is a new thing.  No, if we put up legislation against rioters, it’s rioters, not Black, White, Hispanic, Native American, or whatever other race you claim to be, rioters.
    So what would this legislation look like?  Here’s problem number 1- Riots are acts of passion in the moment.  They turn normal law abiding citizens into something horrific.  But this isn’t their natural state- not most of them.  So why place them in an already flooded corrections system?  It doesn’t solve anything.  But we could look elsewhere- Pocketbook.  I’m not talking about a fine, but something a bit more final.  Such as being placed on a blacklist for government assistance.  This would not bar them from receiving assistance from charity organizations, just government funding, and access to government run housing or facilities.  This legislation could have a number of years attached to it, or it could be forever, depending on how it would get implemented by individual states.
    I would not, however, bar them from medical insurances such as medicare.  Medical issues are medical issues, and those things arise at the most inopportune times.  No medical doctor can turn them away if it’s life threatening, so we may as well do what we can to help the medical community.  I mean, really, let’s face the reality, medical insurance is not really for the patient, it’s for the medical staff to keep their hospital running properly.  There is no reason to make a hospital suffer for someone else’s actions.
    There is one problem with legislation, however, and that is what to do about minors.  Most of the time this sort of stuff will disappear from their record when they turn 18.  So it will be something that needs to be taken into consideration if ever legislation like this is looked into.
  1. Implementing Legislation.  When compared to all the people that are involved in a riot, the number of arrests are really insignificant.  This makes legislation like the one outlined above essentially ineffective.  Which means that we need to work more on ensuring the point is made which each riot.  When police and/or National Guard go into a situation, their needs to be a plan to take as many as possible into custody so that charges can be brought against them.
  1. Training and Execution.  As I mentioned earlier, traditional methods of crowd and riot control are not as effective as we would like them to be because of the widespread nature of these riots, as opposed to .  This tells us that there needs to be a new focus on developing tactics.  A review of every riot since 2010, and the LA Riots may be able to lend some insight into what police are doing altogether, and at what tactics may improve their results.  Milwaukee does appear to have a Tornado Siren. Although the alarm is set for Tornados, a siren going off means to get to shelter.  Sounding that off in the middle of a riot can alert the public that they need to retreat, before law enforcement makes their move to tactically resolve the issue at hand.  Combine this with a public statement over radio and television why the siren is going off and what the timetable is, urging the public to gather their friends and family up before any action is initiated.
  1. Education.  The final thing we need to do, is educate people about the law, as well as effective methods of pursuing change in our government.  We need to teach them about voting locally, participating in lobbying events for causes they feel are important, as well as the importance of civil rights lawyers.  If we truly want to see change which benefits all parties, there needs to be a respect and understanding for how the system works.

This will all take time.  However, if the last few years have taught us anything, it is that the only way we can move forward is if we learn to adapt.  There is too much being lost in these incidents.  People lose property which is vital for them to survive, or businesses which support entire families are destroyed.  Our government bodies owe it to the public to work on a number of areas, not just the issue of Use of Force.

Gulf of Mexico Flood, Aug. 2016

There are massive storms hitting along the Texas and Louisiana Coasts.  It has already taken two lives and dozens evacuated.

If you want to know what you can do to help, the Red Cross is well known for responding to incidents such as this, and we recommend sending any relief funds you may want to donate to them.  Although it is admirable to want to send food or clothing resources, your finances will go a lot further in helping assist the people in the region as they are connected with Healthcare, Mental Health, Food, Shelter and other essential resources needed for victims of disasters.

If you are in the affected areas and need to know what is available to you, Louisiana Emergency Management, Texas Emergency Management and the Red Cross can put you in contact with resources to help get you back on your feet.

Lousiana: http://gohsep.la.gov

Texas: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/temo/

Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter

DoJ Determines BPD is Racist

They’re at it again, trying to spread rhetoric that the police are racist.  Well, specifically one agency: Baltimore Police Department (in Baltimore City).

There is no discounting the fact that this police department has other issues, like the fact that they use excessive force, or simply search people without legitimate probable cause.  These things are quantifiable.  That means there is an issue with the police as a whole, not necessarily that there is a race issue.

Numbers tell us literally nothing, except where issues are prevalent.

Here’s a thought experiment for you.  You have a mixed up crowd (everyone is just mingling, no coherent reason behind it) of 1000 people.  640 are wearing red shirts, 280 are wearing blue, 30 orange, 20 green, 20 purple and 10 yellow (the numbers are based on percentages of the population by race for all of Baltimore)- if someone sprayed 100 bullets into the crowd, how many of each will get shot?  At first you want to say “Well that’s simple 64 red, 28 blue, 3 orange, 2 green, 2 purple and 1 yellow, right?  Wrong.  The chances of the red shirts being where all of those bullets hit is far more likely than having a proportionate number of each other shirt.  And not all of those bullets will hit individual targets, some will hit one target more than once.

Don’t trust the numbers to tell you if racism is going on.  The rest of the DoJ report seems on point- Baltimore Police does seem to need a great deal of improved training.  It’s probably true of most departments around the United States.

In the event anyone is looking for the report by the DoJ, you can find it below.

Department of Justice (2016).  INVESTIGATION OF THE BALTIMORE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.  Retrieved from http://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3009376/BPD-Findings-Report-FINAL.pdf

Are Police Really Racist? Final Act

Finally, we’ve gotten to the end of all these findings.  You have a list, what do you do with it?

Well, you have a list.  Fatal encounters like the ones we used in this study didn’t always happen (sometimes they did, but not all of them).  According to Fatal Encounters 28 states are believed to be complete from 2000 until 2015, of those 28 California, DC, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York and North Carolina are on our remaining list.  An example of how there is such a wide difference, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office had only 3 fatal encounters listed by a specific race from 2000 until 2012, 2 Asians and 1 White.  Here are a few other examples

Long Beach:

00-03 3B/2W/2H/3U

04-06 2H

07-09 3B/1PI/1W/1H/2U

10-12 1B/3W/3H

Forsyth County, Missouri (where Winston-Salem PD is):

There wasn’t a single fatal encounter in the whole county until 2008, from then until 2012 2U/2B/1W

Stonewall PD is the only one in all of Clarke County to engage in any fatal encounters since 2000, and they were both listed in the 2013-2015 study we did this week.

Then you have some that look pretty consistent, like Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (Florida):

00-03 7U

04-06 5B/ 3W/1H

07-09 9B/4W/1H/19U

10-12 9B/1W/5U

A list tells us where problem areas are, right now.  Not where they will be in the future, and with enough information we can tell where the problems were in the past- learning from those which changed- why it happened for the better why it happened for the worse.  But lists and numbers do not tell you the story.  The lists and numbers of incidents that occur could tell you that crime has increased or decreased, or it could simply tell you that crime was more reported during a particular period of time than it was at another.  Videos that depict something may be accurate, or it could be very skewed.  Just today I watched a video about two women (one black and one white) that makes it appear as though all cops treat white women better than black.  But the stories can’t be compared, they were in separate regions of the country (one in Randallstown, Maryland and the other in Greenwood, Arkansas).  Hopefully, if you took anything away from the study this week, you know not to look at the two as being examples of all police, but rather examples of how that particular police department handles things.  It’s of note that after watching the video, I went to look at the Greenwood Police Department, they as of 2013, Greenwood has never had a fatal encounter (since Arkansas isn’t one of the 28 considered complete, I can’t speak to anything prior to 2013, but for now nothing is listed in Fatal Encounters for Greenwood PD).  Not only can you not compare the two because they aren’t in the same state, the stories are leaps and bounds different.  One pointing a weapon at the officers, the other struggling in an overturned vehicle bounded by handcuffs and trying to get to a known locked assault rifle.  They aren’t even close to one another in scope.

Well, I’ve told you what the list means.  But what about what you can do about it?  First, recognize that crime is a thing.  That if your friends are engaged in activities that are obviously dangerous, and you’re not encouraging them to a life outside of that (or even if you’re the one engaged in it), you’re enabling the police’s tactics against you and everyone around you.  Some things you’re not going to know, a lot of family members talk about how the police must be wrong about their child or their friend.  You’re not at fault for what you don’t realize is going on, but you are if you do.  We are all each other’s keeper.

Next, work on creating healthy environments in your community.  If you’re truly worried about the people around you being targeted by the police, you have to change the mind of the police- and you do that by building community (not gangs).  Get your community to invest in programs that help a demographic (poor, those with low-self esteem, etc) which are “likely” to become criminals if they don’t have the support of those around them to raise them up in the world.  Give them a reason to value a lifestyle that doesn’t include crime.  It will take time, don’t get discouraged.

Finally, your police department should be engaging in healthy relationships with the community too.  It doesn’t all fall on to you as a member of the community to resolve the issues.  Bring up problems you have with the police department leaders (not the laymembers, you don’t really accomplish much there) and ask “how can you help us help you?”.  Research programs that work in areas across the country (community policing, worked wonders in the Military Police world, but I’m not so sure it’s as promising in certain areas of the country as it is others).  Just like a physical fight, things start out as two parties arguing over things until it escalates and becomes a full on physical altercation.  That’s what is happening in the US right now.  The more Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter activists scream, the worse it’s going to get all around, and the victims won’t be All Lives Matter advocates, it’ll the those in the Blue and those hollering Black Lives Matter. You know, the two sides that are hyping things up so much, that innocent lives are being taken because of perceptions that keep getting tossed around.  We don’t have to be “Blue v. Black v. All Lives”, we can simply become “Us”, but it will take time.

There’s one more thing I wanted to point out.  The narrative that more blacks get killed than whites (per capita) does not support the Black Lives Matter narrative.  The real question isn’t who gets killed more, but what demographic is patrolled more by individual police departments.  But before you judge the police department for tackling different areas that are considered “crime central” in their neighborhoods, I recommend you read Dr. Alice Goffman’s work.  It’s a good read.


Book Review: The Modern Jedi Knight: A guide to health and happiness, inspired by the Masters from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away Kindle Edition by M. S. Siegrist

The Modern Jedi Knight: A guide to health and happiness, inspired by the Masters from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away Kindle Edition by M. S. Siegrist

Review by Justin Bane, Owner and Co-Founder of the Knights Of Awakening

Have you ever felt like modern religion and philosophy just doesn’t quite fit who you are? Have you ever watched a movie or movies that touched you so deeply that you found the fictional universe resonated with you better than what was available in the “real world”? M. S. Siegrist and many, many others like him certainly have!

Star Wars has touched that nerve with hundreds of thousands of people across the world since the first movie debuted back in 1977. With 7 official movies to date, countless books, games, TV shows, and much more, Star Wars has become ingrained in our very culture. Mr. Siegrist takes us on a journey from that very first movie back in 1977 to the present day release of “The Force Awakens”. The book is filled with heartfelt personal stories on how a man of science came to find spirituality through this powerful work of fiction.

For those of you who love the Star Wars universe, within these pages you will find a detailed history of that universe going back to the very beginning. For those of you who love philosophy and spirituality, there is something for you too, as the Author uses the examples of the fictional universe to relate to many of the philosophies and religions that we find here today in our world. There is something for everyone in this book.

Have you ever wanted to be a Jedi? The books lays out how you can train to be a real Jedi Knight with many detailed lessons on training the Mind, the Body (or Form), the Spirit (or Energy), and a new one for me, the Republic. Lessons in Meditation, Martial Arts, Diet and Exercise, the Force, Lightsaber combat, and many more topics are discussed and laid out in a very easy to understand way for the reader. I have personally been around in the Jedi Community for going on 14 years and I found great value in what is being taught in this book.

Don’t let the $3.99 price tag fool you, with what this books offers, it is a steal! If you love Star Wars and you find that it deeply resonates with who you are, or who you want to become, then I recommend you pick up this book right away!

You can listen to a more in depth review over at the KOA YouTube page. There you can enter for a chance to win one of two copies that we will be giving away.

Are Police Really Racists? Pt. 4

Welcome back!  Glad you didn’t get sick of reading.  We’ve made it to a list of 41 counties.  These 41 counties make up 8,231,376 of the total black population in the United States.  That’s 19% of the total black population.  That’s a sizable sum, let’s be fair.  So to start out, let’s get the easy stuff out of the way.  After reviewing the remaining counties, here are the ones that were taken off their lists because the numbers can be easily explained and placed in the clear- as well as why.  Just a note, there’s like no uniformity to this.  The final watchlist is at the bottom, that’s as uniform as it gets. lol.


Maricopa- 39 White (2,305,943); 11 Black (243,970); 19 Hispanic (1,045,408); 3 Native American/Alaska (130,118)

Let’s just be realistic. 72 fatal encounters listed by race, and another 21 unspecified- it’s not about race at that point, but it’s quite possible the errors can be chalked up to some form of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.  Maricopa cleared.  Thus:

Arizona cleared.


Jackson: 7 White (440,749); 4 Black (174,263)

Stories are pretty even.  This is basically how the police roll, so it’s not a race issue.  Jackson removed from the list and placed in the clear.

Jackson cleared.


Miami-Dade- 6 White (397,963); 18 Black (503,069); 8 Hispanic (1,559,244)

This one can get taken off the list, the stories for the other races are about even.

Miami-Dade cleared.


Bastrop- 0 White (43,533); 1 Black (6,661); 1 Hispanic (22,569)

Realistically speaking, these are the only two incidents that occurred in a 3 year period (even if we included unspecified).  It’s safe to say this can be moved into the cleared pile.

Bastrop cleared.


Chelan- 1 White (52,343); 1 Black (569)

So earlier this one was placed in the inconclusive file.  But between 2013-2015 these were the only incidents that occurred at all (no unspecified race either).  Chelan can be moved out of the inconclusive file and placed into the cleared pile.  Thus making the entire state cleared.

Washington cleared.

Knowing that an area could use some work, doesn’t tell us where the focus should be.  Every police department hires their own police.  A county police department does not interview or decide whether or not someone gets hired at a city police department.  Understanding this, let’s look over the different police departments responsible for the incidents which were deemed enough to make something inconclusive.  One in a police department doesn’t equal a pattern.

Counties which only have black fatal encounters.

Alabama – Jefferson

So looking it over, the one that we deemed questionable was with Warrior Police Department.  That was the only incident Warrior had.  Jefferson cleared.

Louisiana – West Baton Rouge

The one that was “ridiculous” in 2013 was by the Port Allen Police Department.  So the county is cleared, the Port Allen PD is left on inconclusive.  Since nothing has happened since 2013 involving them.

Watchlist: Port Allen PD (only incident 2013)

Massachusetts – Hampden

So the one in question was actually the state police.  As we have covered the rest of Massachusetts and determined this was the only county that needed further research, we can place this entire state in the cleared category.

Massachusetts cleared.

Michigan – Barrien

One was with the state, rest of the state has been cleared, so this department can get cleared.  The other was Niles Police Department, and the guy had a weapon on him for an armed robbery.

Michigan cleared.

Mississippi – Clarke

Meridian Police Department cleared, being the one that was fully justified.  Stonewall PD, however, we’ll place on a watchlist because nothing happened to the officer, and no one seems to know what happened.

Watchlist: Stonewall PD

New Jersey – Cumberland and Mercer

Cumberland police departments that could use some work are the Bridgeton PD and Vineland PD, the rest of the county is cleared.  Bridgeton city accommodates 8,996 of the black population, and Vineland 8,600- which is 48% of the entire black population for the county.

Mercer’s issues were in Trenton.  While I’m sure you would all like to pin a bad label on Trenton, here’s the thing: Trenton is predominantly black.  The number makes up 52.0 percent of the total population for the city.  Although white comes in second place at 22,549- this number also includes the hispanic demographic (which cannot be fully determined based on the chart fact-finder provides (http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF), which lists the hispanic population as being 33.7 of the total.  With this understanding, the one questionable incident is no longer significant.

Mercer cleared.  Cumberland’s Bridgeton and Vineland Police Departments placed on the watchlist.

New York – Richmond

Little known fact, the NYPD (which is the culprit of the questionable incident) and the Coast Guard are about the same size in manpower.  I’m not even kidding, while I was in Basic training we found out just how small our CG is, and just how large the NYPD is.  Given that this is one incident in the entire county employed by such an enormous police department, you can’t fault the department entirely for not being able to handle every single person, just like you can’t fault the military for a few bad apples doing some incredibly stupid things.  Richmond cleared.

North Carolina – Forsyth

Both by the Winston-Salem Police Department, the rest of the county cleared.  This one placed on the watchlist.

Oklahoma – Osage

This was the county sheriff’s department.  Smaller police departments in the area cleared.  And let’s be real, this police department should also be cleared.  It’s one incident altogether and the guy knew he was wrong to return to the scene he knew the police had been dispatched to in order to remove him.  Osage cleared.

Pennsylvania – Chester

Two different police departments, two differ incidents.  Chester county is cleared.  Especially since the second incident isn’t even in Chester county- it’s in Delaware county.  The population for area code 19013 (where this took place) is predominantly black (75.1%).

Pennsylvania cleared.

Texas – Jasper

Kirbyville PD.  This city has 418 black people in it, and 1566 (which includes somewhere between 1-165 hispanic).  It’s small.  Really small…as in, the entire population is 2,142 people.  The rest of the county is cleared.  This incident occurred in 2013, nothing since.  Given the relatively low population, the fact that this guy had already assaulted an officer.  We can clear Kirbyville PD as well.  Jasper cleared entirely.

Texas cleared.

Virginia – Culpeper

We’ll keep the Culpeper Town PD on the watchlist.

West Virginia – Berkley

Martinsburg PD seems to have a record of good judgment (the unspecified listings from previous years seem to suggest this).  This incident took place in 2013 and there hasn’t been a single incident since with anyone.  It’s safe to place Berkley on the cleared list.

All of these have been stripped down to their lowest denominator.  We’ve cleared 15 counties of the list in their entirety, from 41.  But we still have 26 to go.

Alright let’s now take a look over the counties which only have white and black fatal encounters, and are deemed inconclusive.


New Castle- 3 White (340,446); 2 Black (138, 345)

Wilmington PD is responsible for both incidents, and one of the white.  Wilmington is a predominantly black population (at 58%) and 32.6% is white.  The ratio is 1:20,564 for black and 1:23,079 (in a city that has a 8,788 hispanic population, so we can’t know exactly what the difference is between white and hispanic).  In an earlier strip down, we said that counties ratios that were similiar would get thrown out the window.  these numbers are within 3000 of each other, initially the demographic was 20,000, but given how small this population is altogether I believe that 3000 difference is reasonable.  Especially since we don’t know how many this would have been if we stripped the hispanic population from the white.

Delaware cleared.


Duval- 1 White (505,878); 12 Black (269,368)

The incidents were all in Jacksonville.  We’ll leave this one on the list of places that need work.  There isn’t much difference between the population numbers listed above either, so no real need to adjust them.


DeKalb- 1 White (211,587); 9 Black (388,598)

The majority of these incidents were by the Dekalb County Police Department, all the other more local police departments can be cleared.  This means only the county department can be placed on an inconclusive basis.  However, of all the Dekalb County incidents, only two were outside of Decatur.  Except….  In only one incident (a naked 27 year old man running at a cop and was shot) was the situation reverse where the majority population was white (870 black to 46,039 white).  The other situations, the white population was under 6000 (in one case under 1000) and the black population exceeded 39,000.  I’ve debated this quite a few times- how would I react to a random naked guy in their twenties running at me?  I guess it depends on whether or not there is a reason for me to draw a weapon in the first place, if not, well, then there’s no reason to shot the guy.  But it is one incident…  Between the other three zip codes, the white population is consistent of only 11050 of the total population.  That’s a far cry from 211,587.  If we added the zip code that had the naked guy, we would have 57,089 white people, against the 122,930.  So realistically, if we understand that the one is a fluke, it’s really a white ratio of 11,050 to 122,060.  DeKalb can be cleared, the one officer in all of this is not enough to draw a line with the county police department.


East Baton Rouge- 1 White (210,737); 7 Black (203,206)

East Baton Rouge PD is cleared- all of their incidents involved a deadly weapon.  Baton Rouge PD, however…well okay one of the incidents can be struck off- it was a multiple agency incident that ended up in a huge shootout.  One involved shooting a subject in the middle of stabbing a woman.  One was tazed when he attacked the officers, that killed him because he had a bunch of drugs in his system (officers were called out because there was an altercation going on).  One involved a guy trying to mow officers over with a car.  Two officers were injured enough to get sent to a hospital, they ended up shooting their assailant (they were called out because the landlord and him had gotten into it).  Finally we see the one that earned this county inconclusive earlier…Officers had a no knock warrant, and the guy had a baggie of cocaine that got lodged in his throat causing him to stop breathing…officers ignored the wife’s call to administer care…It was 2013, no similar incidents have occurred since.  Since this was a special division, however, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of the department is in the clear, and the only group one would need to worry about is the Narcotics division.  So, you know, you could do what your D.A.R.E. officer told you, and not do drugs- then you won’t be targeted.

Baton Rouge PD Narcotics division- watchlist.


Cuyahoga 3 White (810,721); 9 Black (271,994)

One of the questionable incidents fall on Cleveland PD.  The areas in question are zip codes which are prominently black. (44120, 44105, 44108).  These zip codes make up 81,428 of the black population in the county, and 18,498 of the white population with a hispanic population of 1,749 (not exactly a significant difference).  None of the white population was targeted by the Cleveland PD, and of the 9 Cleveland was responsible for 4.  The questionable incident was in 2013 involving excessive use of a taser.  All the other incidents check out.  But looking over the facts of the case afterwards, I know that the guy was on bathsalts and alcohol.  Understanding these things we should clear Cleveland PD of any wrong.  Bath Salts are insane.

The other questionable incident involved a person in an encounter with Clearwater PD.  Only incident, and it was during a situation where they were trying to get her to a psychiatric facility.  The officers applied a taser to subdue her and she ended up dying because of it.  So Clearwater is also given a pass.

Franklin 1 White (785,098); 14 Black (251,032)

The one incident used to question this county was conducted by the Columbus Police Department, they are also the ones that presided over 13 of the 14 listed here.  I think it’s safe to say this department can be placed on the watchlist after reviewing demographics and all that jazz.


Shelby: 4 White (367,821); 8 Black (493,316)

It would appear that the vast majority of the white population lives outside of Memphis.  So we need to adjust the demographics here.  The reason being that he questionable incidents occurred in Memphis.  The black population in Memphis is 409687, and 190,120 is the number of white demographic, with a 41,996 hispanic population.   With this adjustment we can look at the numbers that happen in each respective area.  3 white, 7 black.  The ratio now becomes 1:63,374 (white) and 1:58,527.  This is about even within a 5,000 difference of each other.

Tennessee Cleared.

Next up are the remaining counties that have only white and black fatal encounters, but were placed on the list for BLM assistance.


Pulaski- 1 White(217,227); 5 Black (138,825)

4 of the five occurred under the Little Rock Police Department.  We’ll place Little Rock Police Department on the watchlist.  It looks like there is a zip code shared by Little Rock with North Little Rock as well (72205), which has a prominently white population (the other two zip codes that had fatal encounters are prominently black).  Anyways, we’ll place these two departments on the watchlist.

Watchlist: Little Rock PD and North Little Rock PD


Fulton- 1 White (388,638); 8 Black (421,131)

The one white doesn’t count, he was shot by a police department that doesn’t show up again in the demographic.  Both incidents involving Fulton County Sheriff’s Office were warranted, so we can put them on the cleared list.  East Point is prominently black (25,165 black to 5,437 white, with a hispanic culture of 3,205), so that one probably isn’t race, but does need to be check their taser discipline.  Given that no other incidents in East Point have happened since, we can probably clear East Point.  The other five incidents belong to Atlanta Police Department.  Atlanta City is prominently black (226,894 black to 161,115 white, with a 21,815 Hispanic culture).  But that still doesn’t tell us much about what is going on.

The zip code demographics tell us a bit more.  One happened in an area where the majority was white.  That one involved weapon and if the story told by the family is accurate, it wasn’t about targeting a black guy, it was a rush of a lot of confusion- so a tragedy- but nothing more malicious than that.  Another zip code has the listing of black vs. white within 2000 people of each other, and it was justified as well (guy opened fire on the officers).  The other zip codes all tell us that the majority is actually black by a decent margin.  Given all the evidence, Fulton is cleared.

Georgia cleared.


Orleans- 1 White (108,245); 6 Black (212,111)

Okay, so we can take out the FBI case- that’s not related to the county.  We can also eliminate the Southern University of New Orleans Police Department, which caught the guy in an armed robbery. That gives us 4 Black and 1 White to New Orleans PD.  Of the remaining 4, one is suspect.  We’ll leave New Orleans Police Department on the watchlist.

Watchlist: New Orleans Police Department.


Baltimore: 3 White (518,104); 7 Black (222,669)

The one that occurred with the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t reflect the county, so we’ll just go ahead and put that one aside.  The rest were conducted by the Baltimore County PD.  Reviewing the stories though.  Ones labeled as questionable before begin to make a lot of sense.  A no-knock warrant is bound to cause a number of issues.  Anyways, one is still listed as questionable, but there is a questionable situation regarding a white person too. So it doesn’t look to be a race issue at all.

Baltimore County cleared.

Baltimore City: 0 White (181,836); 12 Black (406,057)

So of these listed only two are in a white majority zip code, but both are completely within reason (both involving a weapon).  Baltimore City cleared.


0 White (219,156); 11 Black (319,177)

DC- Support needed, we’re just leaving this one up.  It’s all of DC.

Continuing on, let’s look over the ones that say inconclusive and have at least one fatal encounter in a demographic that isn’t white or black.


Broward- 2 White (784,967); 8 Black (500,832); 1 Hispanic (408,536)

So there is a small collection of agencies that are involved in all of these.  Let’s go ahead and clear two of them- Wilton Manors PD shot 1 of the white guys and Plantation PD shot the hispanic guy.  Before we tackle the county, Hallandale PD and Coconut Creek PD had some questionable incidents and are hereby placed on the watchlist.  Sunrise PD and Ft. Lauderdale PD, however, had an understandable situations, and are cleared.  Onto Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

Broward shot the other white person, and account for  4 of the 8 listed.  The county where the white guy was shot also had one black guy shot had a white majority.  The both incidents were fully warranted (involving weapons).  The other three zip codes listed (one person for each zip code) are a black majority.  The County Sheriff’s Department is cleared.

Watchlist: Hallandale PD and Coconut Creek PD.

Palm Beach- 5 White (808,815); 6 Black (245,194); 1 Hispanic (231,362)

Boca Raton PD cleared, they have one of the white guys.  White majority zip code 33410 belonging to the Palm Beach Gardens PD jurisdiction had one for each demographic.  However, the one involving a black guy on the side of the road was not only questionable, but not necessary.  Palm Beach Gardens is cleared because they took care of the officer that fired his weapon in that incident.  That said, I doubt it had anything to do with race, more likely he saw a gun and freaked out.  Inexcusable, yes.  But I don’t think it mattered who the guy was- white, black, green man from outer space, it was gonna happen in that situation.  Both incidents with the West Palm Beach PD involved the officers getting shot at, so this one is cleared.  Which brings us to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Palm Beach CSO has 3 whites, 3 blacks and 1 hispanic that occurred within their area of operation.  The whites were in zip codes of prominently white people.  The one with the hispanic was in an area with a fairly high hispanic population (12,004 hispanic population, and a 20,064 white population, without knowing how many of those are actually suppose to be white not hispanic, that’s all I can give you).  The others were in fairly low populations, none exceeding 10,000 for the black population.  Of those three, 1 involved a two-foot cane knife, one the suspect put a gun to a deputy’s head, the other was strange.  He was naked, and seemed to have an episode- even bit a teen’s face- taser didn’t work (failed to make contact), guy kept going, officers opened fire.  That most likely has more to do with not having a clue how to deal with the situation.  Furthermore, he was carrying keys in his hand, which could easily be mistaken as a knife. That isn’t race, that’s a bad situation.  Palm Beach CSO cleared.

Palm Beach Cleared.


Lake- 1 White (469,130); 2 Black (56,740); 1 Asian (51,372)

Asian had a knife, white guy was a white supremacist that wanted to have a gun battle, the incident in zip code 60035 involved a gun at a hospital (he wouldn’t drop it) and finally Zion PD thought they saw a weapon in the hand of the young man so they shot him.  That could have been prejudice.  So we’ll list Zion PD on the watchlist.

Watchlist: Zion PD.


St. Louis County: 2 White (702,933); 6 Black (243,700); 1 Hispanic (21,994)

Multiple agencies showed up to the white guy…he attacked them with a hammer.  Multiple agencies also engaged the Hispanic guy, and he pulled a gun on them during a chase.  Hazelwood PD engaged a guy they thought was intoxicated, given that I can’t find good details on this, we’ll place them on the watchlist.  Berkeley PD’s encounter involved a gun being pointed at the officer.  Berkeley cleared.  Ferguson PD had only the one incident (Michael Brown).  Ferguson PD on the watchlist.  The rest all fall to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.  That’s 3 black, 1 white.

St. Louis CSO had an incident with a guy and a Tec-9- after tying up and robbing a local business.  Another shot at the police while running away..after he ran his vehicle into two cop vehicles.  Another incident involved a guy that was speaking about a black revolution, carrying around a Bible and a knife.  Trying to subdue him, they shot a “not-so-lethal” round, he got upset at that and charged the officers, they fired on him.  He was a bit crazy, pretty sure it had nothing to do with race.  The white girl had shot a neighbor and when officers showed up, she held her kids hostage and fired on the officers.  Yup, St. Louis CSO cleared.

Watchlist: Hazelwood PD and Ferguson PD 

New York

Kings 2 White (921,489); 8 Black (945,457); 1 Hispanic (356,836)

One was the result of a mugging, but it doesn’t exactly count.  The shooting officer was retired NYPD- so he can’t be a reflection of the current NYPD mentality.  But the rest of them is enough to place this county and the NYPD within it on the watchlist.  We cleared Richmond because the NYPD is huge, but this has too many incidents that there -might- be something here.

Watchlist: NYPD in Kings


Clark: 16 White (987,873); 6 Black (245,246); 5 Hispanic (520,770); 2 Asian (214,042)

Boulder City Police Department cleared, only person they had a fatal encounter with was a white person.  Both Henderson Police Department encounters were with white people.  The Asian was actually from California, and was being chased by California Highway Patrol, so that’s taken out of the demographic.  Federal Bureau of Investigation had one of the 5 Hispanic, so that one’s out.  Bureau of Land Management had a strange incident on their land, which is where one of the 6 black incidents occurred- guy reached for the AR-15 in a patrol vehicle, he was shot.  Clark County School District is responsible for one of the white guys, he tried running them over.  Nevada Highway Patrol is responsible for one of the black incidents, the guy was on the freeway carrying a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle, things escalated, led to a shooting.  NHP cleared.  North Las Vegas PD responded to one hispanic and one black fatal encounter, both involved a gun.  Adjusting these numbers we now have that Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department had 1 Asian, 3 Black, 3 Hispanic and 12 White.  This also means that we need to adjust the demographics.  35,620 Asian, 64,858 Black, 183859 Hispanic, and 362,264 White.  Since we have no idea what the actual white number and Hispanic numbers are, we’ll just leave them as is.  This tells us that 1:35,620 Asians had a fatal encounter, 1:21619 Black, 1:61,286 Hispanic, and 1:30,189. All things considered, these numbers are fairly close, especially since we know that the Hispanic and White populations vary significantly based on the raw numbers.  In a nutshell, we’ve just cleared Clark county, and with it the entire state.

Nevada Cleared.


Oklahoma- 11 White (451,752); 12 Black (127,678); 4 Hispanic (95,664)

Edmond Police Department cleared, only incident involved a white guy.  Oklahoma Highway Patrol cleared, their two incidents were 1 white and 1 Hispanic.  The one Hispanic was also engaged by Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD).  The three incidents (2 Black, 1 White) that Midwest City Police Department were involved in were all justified, so they’re cleared.  That leaves us with OKCPD.

OKCPD had 8 White, 10 Black and 3 Hispanic encounters.  Of these, all three Hispanic incidents were warranted, 6 of the white were warranted, and 7 of the Black were warranted. One of the white incidents was actually 2 fatal encounters, but the woman isn’t included because she wasn’t the target.  In either case, that one- while cleared- has not provided enough information to determine whether or not it was justified.  It is possible that the deadly weapon being used by the suspect was his vehicle- unfortunately easily accessed reports have not provided any information on this.  So I have no idea what went down.  There’s 1 inconclusive incident with a white guy.  The remaining white incident isn’t exactly clear as to whether or the problem was a pre-existing medical incident or something caused by the police.  I included it anyway, but will draw it at inconclusive as well.  The remaining three are enough to place OKCPD on the watchlist.  Two are medical incidents, one resulting from tasers and the other from being restrained while officers tried to transport the guy for suicide watch.  But the kicker is one involving off-duty uniformed officer on leave, working security, that encountered a guy passed out with a gun on him at a concert.  He was awake when the officer shot him, but a lot of things are just not given to us after that.  It’s inconclusive, but enough to watchlist.

Watchlist: OKCPD.


Alameda- 5 White(564,179); 17 Black (223,476); 4 Hispanic (298,050); 1 Asian (447,806); 1 Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian (24,073)

Pleasanton PD has one of the whites, cleared.  San Leandro PD has one of the Hispanics and it was justified, cleared.  Dublin PD has one of the Hispanics, it was justified, cleared.  Union City PD, 1 Black, 1 Hispanic, and the 1 Asian, all warranted, cleared.  The one Pacific Islander and one of the Whites happened on Fremont PD’s watch, both justified, cleared.  Emeryville PD had a Black fatal encounter, it was justified.  California Highway Patrol’s one incident, involving a Black guy, was justified, they’re cleared.  Berkeley’s situation was just insane.  The roommate, whom had just been kicked out of his apartment with the suspect, called in and told the police that his roommate needed to be placed in mental health custody.  The individual (black) was being violent and aggressive prior to (at least according to the report), officers got into the room to take the individual into custody, three officers were thrown to the couch as the suspect flung their arms back.  Officers finally managed to get the individual cuffed after 8 police were on the scene, eventually the individual stopped breathing, and officers began CPR to no avail.  I’m pretty sure that we can chalk this up to horrible luck for all parties, and not racially related.  Berkeley PD, cleared.  So now we’re down to no Pacific Islanders, no Asians, 1 Hispanic, 3 White, and 13 Black across three different organizations (Alameda is huge x.x…I’m dreading LA…)

Alright, Hayward PD first.  2 White, 4 Black.  Only questionable incidents involved two Black persons that suffered medical emergencies.  One a psychiatric case that died while being restrained.  McDonalds called on the guy, police discovered the guy had a warrant and tried to take him in.  The guy had a medical emergency while in the holding cell, paramedics couldn’t revive him.  Looks like both incidents were bad luck given the circumstances.  Hayward cleared.

Oakland’s up next.  1 Hispanic, 4 Black.  2 Black justified.  One uncertain, can’t find enough facts to condemn or clear the officer in question.  The one Hispanic incident was a psychiatric case gone medically wrong, that one can be cleared.  But what earns Oakland PD on the watchlist is the incident with a guy that was unconscious in his car.  There’s not a enough information that I can find to clear it.  It looks suspect.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has 1 White (warranted), and 5 Black fatal encounters to their name.  Of the five, 4 were fully warranted.  One incident is questionable, even the officer had a questionable past (well according to public opinion).  In either case the Jacorey Calhoun incident is not exactly easy to find a whole lot of information on, so we’ll leave it as being questionable.  We’ll place this one on the watchlist as well.

Watchlist: Oakland PD and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Los Angeles- 24 White(2,897,891); 37 Black (1,005,298); 73 Hispanic (4,386,152); 7 Asian (1,535,944)

We could have cleared this one like we did Maricopa (AZ), but the difference is far more significant than Maricopa, so it earned more attention.  With over 100 incidents collectively…this will be daunting…Here we go!

Four of the Hispanics and 2 Blacks did not have an agency reported, so they can’t really be used in the demographic.  West Covina PD only had two incidents, both Hispanic.  Azusa PD also had only two, both Hispanic.  South Gate PD had one, it individual was Hispanic.  California State University PD is listed with 1, also Hispanic.  Manhattan Beach PD has one, it was also Hispanic, but questionable, however it doesn’t address the question we’re looking at here- which deals only with whether or not Police are targeting blacks.  San Fernando PD has one to it’s name, Hispanic.  Pomona PD, 1 Hispanic.  Montebello PD, 1 Hispanic.  Santa Monica PD, 1 Asian.  El Monte PD, 1 Asian.  Alhambra PD, 1 Asian.  Gardena PD, 1 Hispanic.  Redondo Beach PD, 1 White.  Culver City PD, 1 White.  Torrance PD, 1 White.  Baldwin Park PD teamed up with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office (LACSO) on one, but that was hispanic, so Baldwin Park PD is also cleared. Seriously, LA County is huge…  But this covers a lot of the departments.  We are left with 4 Asian, 26 White, 35 Black, and 58 (if we include the Baldwin team up) Hispanic over four different agencies.

Starting with Inglewood PD.  Both incidents were Black.  One completely warranted.  The other is questionable, I can’t seem to find much on why he was shot, so we’ll place this agency on the watchlist.  Long Beach is next, 1 Asian (warranted), 4 Black, 2 White and 4 Hispanic.  One of the white guys was nuts.  He shoplifted from a Target, threatened a security guard with scissors, and then led police on a chase.  When he got to a deadend, he waited a little bit, got out with a stick in hand, made his way down some stairs as a K9 chased him and he was shot at with beanbags, until finally the officer at the bottom opened fire on him.  Probably warranted.  But seriously, I have to know what was going through this suspect’s head.  Second one was a narc in plain clothes, white guy approached aggressively (not sure what that means in this case) reached at his waistband and officer fired on him.  Given the nature of the narc’s job, it’s probably reasonable that he suspected the guy was going to do something incredibly stupid.  So we’ll chalk both white guys up to warranted.  2 Hispanics warranted. 1 Hispanic was a medical emergency that was already happening when he was picked up- officers saw him in a horrible mess and were called in by the residents of the home, when the guy ran, they had to go after him and subdue him- he went into cardiac arrest (read: tragedy, nothing malicious). And the last Hispanic incident is understandable, officers responded to a trespassing incident and though the suspect was pointing something at them when they fired.  Turns out he wasn’t.  2 of the Black fatal encounters were warranted.  The other two incidents earn this agency’s placement on the watchlist.

Los Angeles Police Department (aka LAPD).  They’ve got good ones, and they’ve got bad ones across the board.  The only demographic that seems to be completely warranted in all encounters are the 2 Asians.  LAPD had 2 Asians, 11 Whites, 17 Blacks and 29 Hispanics. A few of the Hispanics deaths are questionable, a few of the Blacks are questionable, one of the whites is questionable.  I don’t think this is a race thing.  Nope.  The whole county is wrought with crime, I think the LAPD is simply responding in the way that they feel the safest to go home.  According to the State of California Department of Justice between 2013 and 2014 (2015 isn’t available), 83109 violent crimes occurred in Los Angeles.  No single county in New York comes even close to these numbers in violent crime- even adding in 2015 (which NY does happen to have already posted).  That said, when you consider all of the counties within New York City (Bronx, Kings, New York County, Queens and Richmond) the number of fatal encounters (regardless of race) is still 28.  The New York City grouping between 2013 and 2014 had 101,828 violent crime incidents.  That said, property incidents are higher in LA County (445,912 from 2013-2014) than in all of NYC (277,718 from 2013-2014).  Add the two together, we end up with more crime (by numbers, not per capita) in LA County than in all of NYC.

Los Angeles doesn’t have a race problem, it has a dealing with crime problem.  Also, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office (which presided over the rest of the demographic) were all warranted in their dealings with the Black incidents, a few issues revolving around the Hispanic and one with a White incident.  But like I said, LA in general has an issue with crime and dealing with crime.  So what we’re going t do, is leave Long Beach on the list, and clear LAPD and LACSO

Watchlisted: Long Beach PD

Let’s put our list together.  These are the Police Agencies placed on the watchlist.

Arkansas – Little Rock PD and North Little Rock PD

California – Oakland PD, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and Long Beach PD

DC – All of it…Kind of terrible really, if I knew who the unspecified were, we might be able to get a clearer picture.

Florida – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Hallandale PD, and Coconut Creek PD

Illinois – Zion PD

Louisiana- Port Allen PD (only incident 2013), Baton Rouge PD Narcotics division, and New Orleans Police Department

Missouri – Hazelwood PD and Ferguson PD

Mississippi- Stonewall PD

New Jersey- Cumberland’s Bridgeton PD and Vineland PD

New York – NYPD in Kings

North Carolina – Winston-Salem Police Department

Ohio – Columbus Police Department

Oklahoma – Oklahoma County PD

Virginia – Culpeper Town PD

We went from 41 counties to 21 Police Agencies and 1 District of Columbia.  This doesn’t mean that any of you crazy individuals out there that want to murder police need to chase after these particular agencies.  There are ways to go about doing things and ways to not do so.  Tomorrow I’ll release the final part.  Sorry this one came out so late in the day, I literally worked on California from 9am EST to 10pm EST, with a break to take my son in for immunizations.  Either case, fifth and final installment will be tomorrow where we talk about actions you can take to help your areas, as well as clear up exactly what this is all meant to tell you.  You’ll understand what I mean when I post tomorrow.  See you then.

Are Police Really Racists? Pt.3

This is long.  Like, really long.  Tomorrow we’ll pick up with the consolidated list, this just tells you how we got to tomorrow’s list.  Anyways, here’s where the real work starts.  Beginning with all the remaining counties that have 1 black person fatal encounter which was not listed previously.

California- Imperial, 24,974 (White Population) and 7,394 (Black Population)
Occurred in 2014, none in 2013 or 2015.  There might be a problem with the Imperial County deputies, but looking over the years as far back as 2003, they seem to only target the largest population (Latino-133,731) on average.  That said, the little bit of information on this particular case in 2014, it seems to me that the officers involved may have needed reprimanding.  But there simply isn’t enough to make a definitive case.

Colorado- Las Animas, 8,574 (White Population) and 281 (Black Population)
Occurred in 2015, the subject pointed a gun at the officers according to the summary.  As long as the summaries can be believed, then this does not equal racism.

Georgia- Lee, 21,739 (White Population) and 5,452 (Black Population)
There might be something here, the subject was wanted on assault charges, officers fought with him to restrain him, and eventually shot him.  Unfortunately, Georgia is not one of the 28 states listed as being believed to have a full account of all records.  But if it is any consolation, the only other listing under Lee County comes from 2005, and it’s a white guy….given that this was an isolated incident, and in 2013- it’s probably safe to say that it’s not a habit of Lee County to shoot people- or at the very least, it was corrected after the fact.  Soooooo….inconclusive.

Gordon, 44,764 (White Population) and 2,509 (Black Population)
The suspect was waving around a rifle and threatened to kill his estranged wife and himself.  He pointed it at the deputies, and they shot him.  Again, race not a factor…

Hawaii- Maui, 69,679 (White Population) and 2,332 (Black Population)
So this guy was supposedly impersonating an officer, when officers approached him he turned around walked away, then opened fire on them.  Since he seems to have initiated the gunfight…it’s not race.

Illinois- Boone, 41,431 (White Population) and 1,523 (Black Population)
Guy tried to kill his wife and kid, officers shot to save them.  Race not a factor.
Indiana- St. Joseph, 42,020 (White Population) and 663 (Black Population)
The suspect was in the middle of stabbing his daughter to death.  Race not a factor.
White, 22,704 (White Population) and 175 (Black Population)
Armed robbery, guy took off in a vehicle, ended up in a shootout with the cops at the end of it- race not a factor.

Kansas- Cowley, 30,768 (White Population) and 1,446 (Black Population)
Suspect tried to run the deputy to death?  He gripped the deputy’s wrist, and accelerated his vehicle…pretty sure race had nothing to do with this either.  Seriously, you should read some of these stories- I had to track this one down using the suspect’s name, but yeah….it didn’t matter if the suspect was white, latino, etc- this shooting would have happened.

Kentucky- Daviess, 88,630 (White Population) and 5,865 (Black Population)
Yup…another one where the suspect opened fire first….race not a factor…
Lyon, 7,753 (White Population) and 478 (Black Population)
This one killed a trooper, fled, then when he wouldn’t put his gun down, officers opened fire…race not a factor.
Lousiana- Evangeline, 23,380 (White Population) and 9,919 (Black Population)
Pepper Spray.  Guy was wrestling with his girlfriend, officer’s tried to subdue him, he reacted poorly to pepper spray.  Not a race thing.
St. Bernard, 25,316 (White Population) and 6,781 (Black Population)
Suspect had gotten done stabbing a deputy.  Considered armed and dangerous, anyone would have shot this person if they .  Race not a factor.  That said, without more information, I can’t tell you whether or not it was justified.  I don’t know if the suspect still had a weapon on them, or if the officers did it because they were defending their own.  Stab victim was released from the hospital shortly after.

Michigan- Gratiot, 37,501 (White Population) and 2,511 (Black Population)
Robbery gone wrong, an off-duty officer was on-site when a guy tried to rob a White Castle with a BB gun.  When he didn’t put the weapon down, the officer shot him.  Yep, this black narrative seems to be getting really difficult to prove.  But I’m sure there will be a few counties left.  We’re not done.

Nebraska- Madison, 29,426 (White Population) and 754 (Black Population)
Actually, this one might be significant.  There’s not enough information, but the death was caused by a taser.  BUT, the officer was also slightly injured, suggesting a legitimate struggle….soooo…yeah….not a race thing…disregard.
New York- Chautaugqua, 122,539 (White Population) and 5,046 (Black Population)
Okay, this one might be the one.  But New York is considered one of the states that is most likely complete.  There was one other listing of a death that would have been counted if I did all the years…he was white, and it was in 2006.  So it’s not a habit the police in the county have.  Another county makes the safe list!
Columbia, 56,766 (White Population) and 3,684 (Black Population)
Here’s one of those medical emergencies I wasn’t sure whether or not to include.  It was blamed on cocaine later, but there was a physical altercation between the suspect and the police.  That occurred after the police tried to confront him about his agitated and disoriented walk alongside the highway…Tossed out, not a race thing.
Oklahoma- Grant, 4,239 (White Population) and 58 (Black Population)
Subject opened fire first, deputies shot back- after he tried to break into home and was acting (alledgedly) irradically…nope…not race.
Osage , 33,645 (White Population) and 6,009 (Black Population)
Inconclusive, subject was on property he was previously banned from, during the chase, the officers tasered him, subject ended up dying.  So this could be a race thing.  So far there are two counties in this list that are possibly race related.

Oregon- Sherman, 1,639 (White Population) and 7 (Black Population)
This one just happened to be in the county, from what I can tell.  From what I can find, he was actually from Portland and was trying to get out of the area with his kids.  When he was pulled over by a state trooper, the subject opened fire on the trooper.  Trooper fired back and killed him.  So in this, the demographic is very much unreflective of what is actually going on in the county.

Texas- Jasper, 27,336 (White Population) and 6,266 (Black Population)
Another “possibly”.  This guy was subdued using a choke hold while being restrained after he struck the officers issuing him a warrant for several violent crimes, and he died of asphyxiation.  Like the aforementioned stabbing incident, it could have been retaliation for hurting an officer.  But unlike the other one, we’ll put this in the “inconclusive” category.  Took place in 2013, no incidents since- so even if it was, looks like it has been taken care of.
Bastrop, 43,533 (White Population) and 6,661 (Black Population)
She was unarmed, but officers may have thought she had a gun on her person.  We’ll put this one in the category of inconclusive as well- since the officers were called to the scene after a 911 call said shots had been fired from the home.  Took place in 2014, nothing since, only other incident was the year before with a Latino man that did have a weapon on his person.  The Latino population is about half of what the white population is, so that can’t really be chalked up to being statistically significant.
Cherokee, 32,545 (White Population) and 8,055 (Black Population)
Subject pulled out a machete and moved in on the officer.  Race not a factor.
Virginia- Campbell, 45,389 (White Population) and 8,334 (Black Population)
Officers tried to talk him down, he had his 3-year-old son hostage.  Guy took shots at the officers, they shot back- son was unharmed.  Race not a factor.
Culpeper, 34,484 (White Population) and 8,297 (Black Population)
Tasered.  Nothing prior to 2015 for a black person, but there is a black fatal encounter in 2016.  We’ll throw this in the inconclusive pile as well.
James City, 53,374 (White Population) and 9,726 (Black Population)
Subject pinned the officer down with his vehicle, officer shot him.  Race not a factor.
York, 50,165 (White Population) and 9,830 (Black Population)
Suspect pulled a gun on the officer.  Officer shot back.  Race not a factor.

Washington- Whatcom, 170,423 (White Population) and 3,762 (Black Population)
Subject fired at SWAT.  SWAT fired back.  Race not a factor.

West Virginia- Berkeley, 91685 (White Population) and 9210 (Black Population)
Lots of things going on here.  We’ll put it in the inconclusive file despite the subject having stabbed an officer before being shot.  He was disobeying orders, officers used a taser twice to no avail.  Subject stabbed an officer during a scuffle.  So yeah, we’ll place this one in inconclusive.  Happened in 2013, no incidents since.

Up to this point, we have 6 counties that are listed as inconclusive (Chelan, WA; Osage, OK; Jasper, TX; Bastrop, TX; Culpeper, VA; Berkley, WV).  Given that in a three year time period 1 person does not make  pattern, you simply cannot make a comprehensive case against the county’s officers.

Moving on, let’s look over the counties which have ratios that are similar between black and white fatal encounters.  This means they fall within 20,000 of each other in a 1:(number) population.  There’s not many, we have a lot more counties to go through, so don’t worry, we’ll probably find more than a few that match the BLM narrative.  And if we do, then that’s where you can focus your efforts.

California- San Bernardino 1:55,021 White (13) and 1: 73,865 Black(3)
Kern 1: 33,860 White (10) and 1: 30,495 Black(2)

Georgia- Chatam 1:45,819 White (3) and 1: 36,768 Black(3)

South Carolina- Anders 1:29,956 White (5) and 1:15,964 Black(2)

Texas- Dallas 1:47,611 White (17) and 1:42,928 Black(13)
McLennan 1: 17,657 White (8) and 1: 18,849 Black(2)

Let’s be reasonable and agree that these 6 counties really aren’t significantly different.  That leaves us with 110 counties left.  Given that there are 3,143 we had to work through, I’d say we are making a lot of progress- wouldn’t you?  But let’s be fair, the remaining counties account for over half of the black population (US population is 43,213,173; the remaining counties account for 23,098,525).

Let’s keep going, shall we?  We’re just going to go down the state list.


Madison 2 White (227,930); 2 Black (84,699)
One of the black suspects came at the officer with a knife.  Not race related.  The other one was shot at after a chase- but the guy tried to run the officers over with his vehicle, so it’s not race related either.  Madison in the clear.

Mobile 0 White (248,472); 3 Black (146,286)
One suspect came out with a gun on him, he wouldn’t surrender, officers shot him.  Another one opened fire on officers.  And the other one got the officer’s taser, tried to use it on the officer, officer shot him.  Mobile cleared.

Jefferson 0 White (345,431); 5 Black (281,632)
One tried to run the officer over.  Another one happened at a club, off-duty officer shot the guy after the guy opened fire first.  Off-duty officer did attempt pepper spray though.  Incident involving a drug raid, guy shot at the officers, they shot back.  During a welfare check, this guy pointed a gun a the officers.  Last one in 2014 might be an indication- there was a struggle during a traffic stop (seriously people, it’s a traffic stop…).  Anyways, that person go shot.  So that’s 1 in a three year span.  We’ll draw this county at inconclusive.

Alabama Score: 1 County Inconclusive- Jefferson

Maricopa 39 White (2,305,943); 11 Black (243,970)
Guy shot at officers, officers shot back.  Next up we have a guy that managed to hide under a trampoline, wounded an officer and a police K9 before getting shot himself.  He was being chased because he was trespassing and making threats at a local business complex.  So if there was some sort of race thing involved here, it was most likely the business, not the cops.  Another incident involved a female with a hammer held over her head as she went to attack an officer at the door of her home.  They were picking her up for health treatment- there was mental illness as a factor.  This one might have been an issue.  Guy was confronted over drug dealing, he put his hand at his waist, officers shot him.  Another drug related incident, guy reached into his pocket to get his Oxycodon pills, officers shot him because they thought he had a gun on him and that he would reach for it.  2 out of the 11 so far.  Off-duty DOT officer shot at someone he thought was a burglar, but the details are sketchy, so we now have 3 of nine incidents.  Next incident up, guy spilled hot liquid on an officer and kicked him, subject was tasered, he died shortly thereafter. Officers responded because there was a suspected fight that occurred.  Next we have a subject trying to run an officer over, officer shot.  Another incident where the subject tried to use his vehicle as a deadly weapon, ramming the patrol vehicle, officers shot him.  And finally, guy fired at officer, officer fired back.

For three out of the 11 incidents, this county might be somewhere BLM can focus their efforts to improve relations with the police.

Arizona Score: 1 County Needs Some Work- Maricopa
Alabama Score: 1 County Inconclusive- Jefferson
Pulaski 1 White(217,227); 5 Black (138,825)
This one is a bit sketchy.  Officers were called out because of a series of car burglaries, during the manhunt the individual got shot at.  Simply because we can’t be sure if race was a factor, we’ll start with this county as being inconclusive.  There were at least two others arrested in connection to this particular burglary incident.  Second incident, officer thought he saw a gun FALL from the waist of the suspect, so he fired.  There might be something here.  We’ll keep this in inconclusive, simply because this one makes you wonder, and the first one isn’t exactly something we can use as the example.  Third time is the charm, looks like BLM could work on this county some.  Guy got shot because of a cane.  So I won’t bore you with the other incidents.  We’re just going to go ahead and put it on the list.

Arkansas Score: 1 County BLM SHOULD be staking out- Pulaski

Los Angeles: 22 White(2,897,891); 37 Black (1,005,298)
4 questionable, 2 not enough information, 1 was purely bad luck (guy sustained a laceration, while one of the responding officers ended up with a broken hand), and one appears to be unjustified at all.  Soooo….at least 5 out of the 37.  We’ll put this in the pile of BLM could probably support the community here.
Orange: 12 White(1,395,969); 3 Black (75,739)
Weapons all around, Orange County cleared.
Riverside: 9 White(912,006); 9 Black (176,844)
1 questionable, all others involved weapons.  7 were in 2013, and then one in each of the years following.  One does not make a pattern, and if there was a problem it appears to have been resolved.  Riverside cleared.
Santa Clara: 8 White(673,756); 2 Black (65,225)
Both involved weapons.  Santa Clara cleared.
San Diego: 6 White(1,585,593); 2 Black (207,978)
Gun involved in one, and the other was a crazy scene where they both reached for the gun after both being hit by the taser.  San Diego cleared.
Alameda: 5 White(564,179); 17 Black (223,476)
3 questionable, 1 didn’t need to happen but is somewhat understandable, 3 understandable- involving a call regarding their mental health issues.  4 out of 19 earns this county a need to help review the problems on-going in the area.  So we’ll place this in the category of BLM could probably help them out.
Contra Costa: 2 White(535,742); 2 Black (117,167)
Weapons all around.  Contra Costa cleared.
San Francisco: 2 White(360,403); 2 Black (60,596)
Weapons all around. San Francisco cleared.
Solano: 1 White(185,721); 4 Black (73,977)
Weapons all around, all confined to 2013.  Solano cleared.

California Score: 2 counties might need some BLM support- Los Angeles and Alameda.

Arapahoe- 3 White (376,145); 2 (70,650)
First guy had gun, wouldn’t put it down, officers shot him.  Second incident was SWAT getting trigger happy in close quarters.  That’s not a race thing though, it’s either poor training or tunnel vision.
Colorado Cleared

Fairfield: 1 White (621,400); 2 Black (115,475)
Suspect pointed a gun at the officers.  The other guy had a shotgun on him, fell, and as soon as he stood up was shot.  That’s not really a race thing, especially given that the guy had just been witnessed by the officer as bullying a gay male with the shotgun prior to the detective responding.
Connecticut Cleared

New Castle: 3 White (340,446); 2 Black (138, 345)
One guy in a wheelchair shot.  The other guy went into cardiac arrest after being tasered twice (first time the taser didn’t work).  The second incident can be excused, the guy was fighting a bunch of officers off of him before they used the taser.  First incident makes this inconclusive.

Delaware Score: 1 County Inconclusive- New Castle

Miami-Dade: 6 White (397,963); 18 Black (503,069)
A few understandable, 2 incidents (involving 3 people) questionable, 1 taser incident over a man beating dogs (I’ll let you interpret that on your own), the rest involved some sort of weapon.  We’ll place this one in inconclusive.
Duval: 1 White (505,878); 12 Black (269,368)
There’s enough here to place it into the inconclusive category.
Broward: 2 White (784,967); 8 Black (500,832)
2 questionable, all others completely understandable, this one will get placed in the inconclusive file.
Palm Beach: 5 White (808,815); 6 Black (245,194)
1 doesn’t have enough information, 1 understandable, we’ll place this one in inconclusive.
Orange: 3 White (546,029); 7 Black (264,184)
1 seems pretty understandable- rookie cop tried everything (it appears) and then ended up shooting.  We’ll give it a pass.  All of the others had weapons involved, or were reasonably believed to utilize weapons.  Orange County cleared.
Leon: 1 White (167,971); 4 Black (87,092)
1 questionable, but given the circumstances it is somewhat understandable why it happened.  1 out of 4 doesn’t make a pattern though.  Leon cleared.
Hillsborough: 5 White (680,952); 3 Black (228,403)
Weapons all around.  Hillsborough cleared.
Brevard: 4 White (431,934); 3 Black (62,363)
One is a bit questionable as to who the instigator was, but given that the officer couldn’t be sure at all, and the guy was wanted for firing 9 rounds in his brother’s home, this really isn’t the officer’s fault.  But all of these suspects were armed when they were shot.  Brevard cleared.
St. Lucie: 0 White (174,006); 3 Black (57,564)
Weapons all around.  St. Lucie cleared.
Alachua: 1 White (162,406); 2 Black (53,675)
Weapons all around. Alachua cleared.
Putnam: 1 White (55,006); 2 Black (12,728)
All involved weapons.  Putnam cleared
Florida Score: 3 counties inconclusive- Miami-Dade, Duval and Palm Beach.

Gwinnett- 4 White (366,891); 3 Black (207,767)
I think you’ve gotten a pretty good idea at this point of how we’re looking at stuff, so we’ll just list numbers from here on out, otherwise you’ll be reading all day.  This one, 1 of the three probably didn’t need to be.  But it’s cleared.

Cobb- 3 White (133,236); 3 Black (185,134)
All involved a weapon, cleared.

DeKalb- 1 White (211,587); 9 Black (388,598)
Two of the 9 are questionable.  Considering the black population is greater than the white population, we’ll throw this into inconclusive.  This one requires a bit of explanation.  It seems no one is angry about the Troy Robinson taser incident, but rather what happened afterwards.  The guy fell from a billboard after being tasered (which is why this is listed as questionable, I can’t find an account of what happened that led to the taser deployment), and no one rendered aid.  That’s not the problem here.  In fact, with a number of suspected injuries involved, the best thing the police could have done was NOT render aide, and wait for qualified EMTs to show up.  Sadly the guy died because the response time wasn’t quick enough.  Again, my question is of the taser deployment, not the incident afterwards.  That said, the first incident was a naked guy running at the officer.  Mental Illness being a factor aside, there’s no telling what was going through that officer’s head.  So inconclusive.

Fulton- 1 White (388,638); 8 Black (421,131)
After 2, I stopped looking.  This county could stand to have some BLM support.

Georgia Score: 1 county Inconclusive- DeKalb; 1 County SHOULD have BLM support- Fulton

Cook- 6 White (2,338,513); 28 Black (1,352,138)
3 are questionable, but one of the three had a knife on him that he wouldn’t drop while running.  But given the severity of the other 25, this really is reasonable for police in the region to respond this way, and 3 doesn’t make a pattern in the whole.  Cook cleared.
Lake- 1 White (469,130); 2 Black (56,740)
1 involved a weapon, the other was believed to have a weapon on him (and one was found near the body).  This one earns it’s place in inconclusive.

Illinois Score: 1 county inconclusive- Lake.

Allen- 0 White (279,663); 4 Black (48,492)
Weapons in all cases.  Allen Cleared.
Marion- 9 White (556,725); 12 Black (260,817)
All but three had a weapon on them, the one died from pepper spray complications, another from taser complications during a drug sting, the other one got into an altercation which ended up with the suspect knocking a taser out of the officer’s hands.  None of the incidents are really race related.

Indiana Cleared.

Jefferson- 4 White (535,807); 4 Black (165,748)
Weapons all around.
Kentucky Cleared

Caddo : 2 White (124,612); 3 Black (122,582)
Weapons in all but one involved.  Taser used in 2014 case during a struggle.  Caddo cleared.

East Baton Rouge: 1 White (210,737); 7 Black (203,206)
There’s enough here to say inconclusive.

Orleans: 1 White (108,245); 6 Black (212,111)
This one looks like it could use some work.

Jefferson: 1 White (247,412); 2 Black (118,609)
Both subjects used weapons.  Jefferson cleared.

St. Martin: 0 White ( 34,434); 2 Black (16,446)
One taser incident during a foot pursuit.  Here’s the problem with this particular case- guy had a warrant, but the police didn’t know about it until an extended family member approached the officers and informed them that she was sure he had a warrant out for his arrest.  After running his name in the database, the officers tried to place him under arrest, he led them on a foot chase, and they had to take him down. This wasn’t a race issue, this was a family member (who also happened to be a cop) that tried to mess things up for the kid at a family function.  The other incident involved someone with psychiatric issues, he fought against the taser, and eventually got shot.  That isn’t a race issue either- but rather a horrible situation that shouldn’t have really happened, and the officers probably didn’t have good enough training to deal with mental health patients.  St. Martin cleared.

West Baton Rouge: 0 White (14,132); 2 Black (9,163)
One looks pretty ridiculous, the other was completely justified- but both were in 2013.  Since then, only one other incident has occurred (white girl in 2016).  Given the relatively low population, we’ll place this in the inconclusive category, simply because it may have been resolved since.

Lousiana Score: 2 counties inconclusive- East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge; 1 county might need some BLM support- Orleans.

Baltimore: 3 White (518,104); 7 Black (222,669)
Two are questionable.  We’ll place this in the category of needs work.  BLM could probably do some good work here- you know if they actually do it right.  But that’s for another conversation.

Anne Arundel: 1 White (400,944); 2 Black (92,263)
Both had weapons.  Anne Arundel cleared.

Baltimore City: 0 White (181,836); 12 Black (406,057)
One questionable in 2013.    Another in 2013 ended up with the officers pepperspraying themselves, which probably created this crazy seen for anyone looking in on it.  That one we could probably chalk up to a horrible tragedy. Then there is the Freddie Gray case that sparked so much controversy.  All officers have been cleared in this instance, and we can’t know for sure what truly happened in the The only other one that was questionable was a hospital call, so if race was a factor it was the hospital, and not the officers.  And in fact, the Baltimore Police restricted their hospital responses after this particular incident.  That’s enough to place this one in the might need attention list.

Wicomico: 0 White (67,679); 3 Black (25,682)
One is questionable, but not really.  Suspect did have a gun on him, and had his hands on it in his pocket.  Officer couldn’t get him to remove his hands from his pockets.  Wicomico cleared.
Maryland Score: 2 counties might need BLM help- Baltimore County and Baltimore City.

Hampden 0 White (320,138); 2 Black (55,309)
One had a weapon, the other got into a physical altercation with the officer, got shot, got into his car and sped away, crashing later and dying.  We’ll say inconclusive.
Massachusetts Score: 1 County Inconclusive- Hampden.

Wayne: 3 White (932,583); 7 Black (764,401)
3 questionable, and another of the the tragedies landed the officer in a criminal trial.  3 is enough to question the county.  BLM could focus efforts here.

Oakland: 2 White (923,884); 3 Black (176,672)
2 of the three had weapons.  The other one was actually subdued by security officers, and there was pepper spray involved.  He died of asphyxiation.  Oakland cleared.

Barrien: 0 White (122,356); 2 Black (26,128)
Both involved a weapon, but one was only “technically” justified because of the way the law is written in the state.  Considering the subject had pointed his gun at each officer before running off, it’s probably safe to say that this wasn’t race related.  But we’ll place it in the inconclusive category anyway.

Genesee: 0 White (318,301); 3 Black (94,682)
All involved a weapon.  One was wrestling for the officer’s weapon.  Genesee cleared.
Michigan Score: 1 county inconclusive- Barrien.

Clarke: 0 White (10,746); 2 (5,822)
1 involved a weapon, the other one was a guy choked out in the middle of a horse incident…kind of confusing.  Inconclusive.
Harrison: 0 White (129,358); 2 (44,027)
Weapons in both incidents.  Harrison Cleared.
Madison: 0 White (53,814); 2 (36,858)
Both involved weapons, Madison Cleared.
Mississippi Score: 1 county Inconclusive- Clarke

St. Louis: 2 White (702,933); 6 Black (243,700)
There is enough here to draw the line at a inconclusive.  Most of the incidents involved weapons.  Three of them were kinda sketchy, one of which an be chalked up to tunnel vision (drug raid), but the circumstances surrounding the reason for the raid is up in the air.  So inconclusive.
St. Louis City: 1 White (140,185); 14 Black (162,325)
1 questionable, but out of 14 that’s not a pattern.  St. Louis City cleared.
Jackson: 7 White (440,749); 4 Black (174,263)
Two involved a weapon.  One was believed to have a weapon on him, but it -might- have been avoided.  The other one was tasered, cuffed and EMTs were called on scene, but he had already died.  Inconclusive.
Missouri Score: 2 Counties Inconclusive- St. Louis and Jackson

Hennepin: 9 White (854,755); 3 Black (158,551)
2 out of three definitely justified, last one sketchy, but not a race related issue.

Ramsey: 1 White (352,666); 3 Black (66,616)
Weapons all around.
Minnesota Cleared.

Douglas: 6 White (381,694); 4 Black (68,791)
Weapons all around, (for the record, I’m including weapons that can be misconstrued as real, like the airsoft gun used to hold up the Wendy’s in this particular case.  That said, the number of shots was probably overkill.  But it’s not a race thing).
Nebraska Cleared.

New Mexico
Barnallio: 7 White (285,792); 2 Black (28,524)
Weapons all around.
New Mexico Cleared.

New Jersey
Bergen: 1 White (577,610); 2 Black (64,606)
Both had a deadly weapon.  Bergen cleared.
Cumberland: 0 White (81,233); 2 Black (36,595)
Both incidents appear uncalled for.  BLM could put some support here.
Hudson: 0 White (204,100); 4 Black (104,537)
Weapons in 3 of the cases, pepper spray in a fight resulted in one death.  Hudson cleared.
Mercer: 0 White (204,766); 4 Black (80,995)
One case out of the four is questionable.  Inconclusive
New  Jersey Score: 1 county might need some BLM support- Cumberland.  1 county inconclusive- Mercer.

New York
Kings 2 White (921,489); 8 Black (945,457)
There might have been something between 2013-2014, but no incidents occurred in 2015 where a black individual was involved in a fatal encounter.  There were a couple of questionable incidents in the 8.  We’ll place this one in inconclusive as there is no sure way to tell whether or not the problem has been resolved.  There have been 3 incidents in 2016, however, and each one involved the suspect using a weapon- in one case the guy was beating the officer through his open driver’s car window.
Queens 2 White (645,048); 2 Black (502,728)
One involved a weapon, the other was a robbery gone wrong.  Neither are race related, Queens cleared.

Monroe 1 White (554,666); 2 Black (128,797)
Both incidents are perfectly reasonable.  One a taser situation when the guy rushed at the responders to his vehicle-to-church building accident and the other involved a knife.  Monroe cleared.

New York 1 White (788,451); 5 Black (320,168)
1 inconclusive, one does not make a pattern though.  The other 4 were justified. New York cleared.

Suffolk 1 White (1,086,085); 2 Black (132,723)
Neither involved a weapon, but if you read up on them, they were completely reasonable.  The one with an autistic individual is tragic, but they did try to use less than lethal force to subdue an individual that was being violent on the scene. Without more information, the only thing that can be certain is that if race was a factor, it wasn’t the officers that had the problem, it was the staff.  It’s entirely possible that the officers were not well equipped to know how to deal with the situation, and didn’t understand what the training of the group home’s was to know how they would have reacted.  Lots of factors.  Anyways, Suffolk cleared.

Richmond 0 White (305,749); 2 Black (58,804)
Inconclusive.  One of these looks like it could have been because he was black they profiled him and targeted him.  The other involved a weapon.  So inconclusive.
Westchester 0 White (557,948); 2 Black (159,366)

New York Score: 2 counties inconclusive- Kings and Richmond.

Clark: 16 White (987,873); 6 Black (245,246)
Two of the 6 incidents make this county inconclusive.  One of them we don’t have full details on what happened, the other one the guy had a cellphone in his hand that the officer mistook for a gun.  So inconclusive.
Nevada Score: 1 County Inconclusive- Clark

North Carolina
Mecklenburg 2 White (479,281); 5 Black (301,691)
Weapons in all but one incident, but the guy was running towards the officers.  One in 5 doesn’t make a pattern, especially after 300,000.  The officer was charged with voluntary manslaughter, but I’m not sure if the verdict went through.  What I can say is that the situation is too questionable to say that the situation totally could warrant a shooting though, if they really believed themselves in fear of their life.  No telling what’s in the guy’s hand- and a person in the area had called the police because they thought he was suspicious.  Tragic, truly, but not really race related on the police’s part.  Mecklenburg cleared.
Cumberland 1 White (159,957); 5 Black (127,861)
1 questionable, all others involved weapons.  But one in this high number of population doesn’t make a pattern, Cumberland cleared.
New Hanover 1 White (158,674); 3 Black (32,129)
This was actually 2 incidents.  Two of the 3 were involved in a robbery of a Pizza Hut using guns.  The other involved someone suspected of 2 first degree murders and believed to have had a gun on him when the officers fired on him.  But in the end it turned out he was unarmed.  We’ll say this particular incident is inconclusive given the sketchy details of the case, but also note that all three fatal encounters were in 2013.  Since then it’s not been an issue.  Thus New Hanover is in the clear.
Durham 0 White (116,615); 3 Black (107,250)
All involving weapons.  Durham cleared.
Forsyth 0 White (210,669); 2 Black (99,490)
We’ll place this one in the BLM could probably work with this county pile.
North Carolina Score: 1 County might need BLM support- Forsyth

Oklahoma: 11 White (451,752); 12 Black (127,678)
There’s enough evidence here to put this in a pile that suggests BLM could put some support into this county.  At least 3 of the incidents are questionable enough.

Tusla: 5 White (420,430); 4 Black (75,904)
3 incidents involved the perception of a weapon on the suspect.  The other one the officer mistook their gun for their taser.  Reviewing the material, race wasn’t a factor. Tulsa cleared.

Comanche: 0 White (78,475); 2 Black (25,713)
Weapons all around, Comanche cleared.

Oklahoma Score: 1 County might need BLM support- Oklahoma; 1 County inconclusive- Osage (see previous information to find out why, if you skipped most of this to get to the “juicy” part)

Montgomery 3 White (14,441); 4 Black (786)
Weapons in 3 of the 4 cases weapons were involved.  Fourth incident not sure what happened exactly, but it was the FBI and there was a shootout in a store.  It might be a case of the guy being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  In either case, none of this was a racial thing, so Montgomery is in the clear.

Hamilton 2 White (68,862); 4 Black (1,852)
Weapons involved in 3 of the incidents.  Fourth incident resulted in the officer getting charged with murder, but only after the footage was released.  This was a University police department, and the campus was shut down after the arrest.  Given that they resolved the issue, we can clear Hamilton county.

Cuyahoga 3 White (810,721); 9 Black (271,994)
2 are questionable.  One is tragic, but it’s not unreasonable given the situation- but quite tragic (a 12 year old with BB gun that looked a lot like a semi-automatic).  Given the circumstances in the questionable cases, we’ll say inconclusive.

Franklin 1 White (785,098); 14 Black (251,032)
Actually 12 incidents, 1 of the incidents questionable, resulted in 2 dead.  But the problem is that it followed an armed robbery with a known vehicle.  Officers chased the vehicle down, the two that died jumped out of the vehicle and tried to run.  Thing is, if they were considered armed and dangerous, them running would put the public at risk if they had guns on them.  So we’ll say inconclusive.  The other incidents all involved the suspects having weapons on them.

Lucas 0 White (188,708); 2 Black (41,182)
Both involved weapons, Lucas cleared.

Ohio Score: 2 counties inconclusive- Cuyahoga and Franklin.
Allegheny 2 White (1,005,239); 6 Black (177,366)
One questionable, but not enough to say the whole county of officers are racist.  Allegheny cleared.
Dauphin 1 White (193,179); 3 Black (55,878)
All involved suspect with weapon.  Dauphin cleared.
Chester 0 White (416,154); 2 Black (35,892)
One was definitely warranted, the other I can’t say, it was one of those vehicles ran over the suspect incidents, but after he fell off of his bicycle.  There isn’t enough in the story to explain what happened.  So we’ll put this in the inconclusive file.
Philidelphia 0 White (583,699); 9 Black (705,783)
Race is not a factor in these either, all had a weapon- or in the case one reached into his vehicle after officers told him not to move.  Philadelphia cleared.

Pennsylvania Score: 1 county inconclusive- Chester

South Carolina
Charleston:  2 White (221,279);  4 Black (107635)
3 cleared.  One was wrong, and the officer was charged with murder.  Charleston cleaned up the issue, Charleston cleared.
Greenville: 1 White (323,338); 2 Black (86,651)
All suspects armed, Greenville cleared.
Lexington: 1 White (205,515); 2 Black (40,615)
Weapons all around.  Lexington cleared.
Spartanburg: 1 White (202,631); 2 Black (61,541)
Weapons all around.  Spartanburg cleared.
Dorchester: 0 White (92,177); 2 Black (37,318)
Weapons all around, Dorchester cleared.
Florence: 0 White (75,220); 2 Black (57,761)
Weapons all around.  Florence cleared.
Richland: 0 White (179,618); 3 Black (183,134)
Weapons all around.  Richland Cleared.

South Carolina cleared.

Davidson: 1 White (370,679); 3 Black (183,013)
Each incident involved a weapon.  2 with guns, one a vehicle- which may or may not have been needed, but it doesn’t suggest race as an issue.  Davidson county cleared.
Shelby: 4 White (367,821); 8 Black (493,316)
One is questionable, officers said guy shot at them, neighbor said he didn’t.  Another one, the house caught on fire when they were trying to smoke him out.  Another one the officers tried to say that the individual pointed a gun at them, video evidence suggests that wasn’t the case.  Three of the 8 is enough to make the statement that there probably needs some attention to this area.  However, all three of the incidents occurred in 2013- and there hasn’t been a questionable incident since. So we’ll say Inconclusive.
Knox: 6 White (396,562); 2 Black (42,542)
Both incidents involved a weapon.  Knox cleared.

Tennessee Score: 1 county inconclusive- Shelby

Harris: 14 White (1,392,617); 22 Black (825,785)
2 questionable, 1 understandable (sorry, when you rush an officer, well your posing a threat- armed or not), the rest involved weapons or at least the rather reasonable suspicion of them.  2 out of 22, in over 800,000 is not enough to show a pattern- Harris cleared.
Tarrant: 10 White (964,854); 4 Black (292,086)
2 of the four had weapons involved, one based during a search warrant for narcotics, one unarmed- but the officer was fired because of the shooting.  The 3 are completely reasonable, race was not a factor in use of force.  The other incident, however, could have been partially racial in nature- except that the cop was a rookie and the department did something about it.  So Tarrant cleared.
Bexar: 4 White (539,564); 6 Black (150,419)
One is questionable as to whether or not the actual problem was the taser or the EMTs.  In either case, it was a medical emergency, they were trying to help him, not apprehend him.  So that doesn’t really count.  One is questionable, with family members and police in argument over the facts of the case involving a handgun on the person of the individual. 1 out of 6 incidents, Bexar is cleared.
Fort Bend: 2 White (219,500); 2 Black (132,685)
One was a foot chase of armed robbers, well at least they were believed to have all been armed, the other had a knife on him and a lot of things were going on (even from the video evidence). Reality is, neither were race oriented.  Fort Bend clear.

Texas Score: 2 counties inconclusive- Jasper and Bastrop

Norfolk: 1 White (113,325); 3 Black (111,086)
One questionable, but he did have a knife in his hand.  Norfolk cleared.

Alexandria City: 0 White (77,964); 2 Black (33,238)
Both incidents in 2013, second incident the officer was sentenced to 6 years.  First incident involved a weapon.  Alexandria City cleared.

Virginia Beach City: 0 White (53,154); 2 Black (845)
Both in the same incident.  One opened fire on officers, officers shot into the car and killed both of them.  There was a 4 month old baby in the backseat unharmed.  Virginia Beach City Cleared.

Virginia Score: 1 county inconclusive- Culpeper see previous information to find out why, if you skipped most of this to get to the “juicy” part)

King: 11 White (1,323,016); 6 Black (152,276)
All 6 confined to 2013.  One of which was an incident that might have been avoided.  But considering that this hasn’t been a thing since 2013 through 2015, it’s probably safe to say that that the police fixed any race related problems.

Washington Score: 1 County inconclusive- Chelan (see previous information to find out why, if you skipped most of this to get to the “juicy” part)


Milwaukee: 2 White (532,009); 6 Black (273,135)
Weapons in all by 1 case, which was a mentally ill individual back in 2013.  Any race related issues were taken care of, Milwaukee is now cleared.
Wisconsin Cleared

0 White (219,156); 11 Black (319,177)
As I mentioned earlier, this one had 6 that were unspecified.  Those were the only numbers provided in this set.  It’s a bit of a tragedy that those weren’t listed.  But since we took out all of them we’ll have to place this one on the list where BLM could probably support them.
DC- Support needed.

West Virginia
1 County inconclusive- Berkley (see previous information to find out why, if you skipped most of this to get to the “juicy” part)

You might think we’re done.  We’re not.  We’re going to go over all the inconclusive and all the ones that could use some support.  Let’s explore, is it really a race thing?  Or is it that the officers are poorly trained?  Or perhaps there’s more to the story, we’ll look them all over.  Stick around for the next piece.