In the wake of the George Floyd death in Minneapolis, the idea of defunding police departments has gained momentum in the national conversation about law enforcement and race.
However, according to Manhattan Institute Fellow Rafael Mangual, the data shows an entirely different story. Only .003 percent of all interactions between a resident and a cop results in the use of deadly force. And of the over 10 million interactions with police officers every year, only 1000 of them involve deadly shootings.
While 1000 is still too many, the narrative that illegal actions within a police force should characterize the policing institute as a whole is unsubstantiated.
As we vote in the next few weeks, remember which party is antagonistic towards law enforcement.
Interviews with 54 Democratic National Committee members, convention superdelegates and members of a criminal justice task force convened by Mr. Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders found a near-unanimous sentiment that local governments should redirect more money away from the police.
A Siena College national poll found that 63 percent of registered voters oppose spending less money on the police. But among Mr. Biden’s supporters, 55 percent favor reducing the amount of resources spent on law enforcement.