Dismantling Holder's Stats
As we alluded to, the DOJ report about Ferguson has holes big enough to drive "gentle giants" through:
- Unable to pin racism charges on Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder is using half-baked data to manufacture a case of racism against his entire police force.
Holder's race-baiting civil rights crew combed through several years of Ferguson Police Department data on traffic stops, searches and arrests and "found a pattern of racial disparities in Ferguson's police activities."
"African Americans are overrepresented in FPD's vehicular stops" and victims of "racial bias," Holder concludes in his report.
He notes that blacks accounted for 85% of vehicle stops, "despite comprising only 67% of Ferguson's population," while whites made up 15% of stops, despite representing 29% of the population.
So there you have it, a slam-dunk case of racism, right? Hardly.
Outrageously, the nation's top prosecutor failed to control for factors that explain the racial "disparity" in traffic stops, such as speeding, DUI, expired license plates, headlight, seat-belt and child-restraint violations and other reasons for being pulled over.
Holder's own department statistics show that African Americans, on average, violate speeding and other traffic laws at much greater rates than whites.
The Justice Department's research arm, the National Institute of Justice, explains that differences in traffic stops can simply be attributed to "differences in offending."
Torturing numbers to come up with a predetermined outcome isn't new - McCarthy does it daily here and he learned it in NEw York. Holder is just twisting different data in different directions to come up with his already known conclusion. It might be painful to accept, but the observable data, collected by the Department of Justice of the United States, shows that certain people disregard the rules, laws and ordinances at a higher rate. And by attracting that sort of attention to themselves, they interact more with those people designated to enforce the rules, laws and ordinances.