Writer Leonard Pitts looks at the typical talking points made by pundits like O’Reilly, such as the black-on-black crime rate:
“…this has become the go-to “reasoning” for those on the right — Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh — when asked to give a damn about the killings of unarmed black boys and men.
“That formulation is false for multiple reasons.
“In the first place, being concerned over the shooting of unarmed black men hardly precludes being concerned over violence within the African-American community. Giuliani and others suggest a dichotomy where none exists.
“In the second place, they ignore the obvious: When black people commit crimes against black people, they face prosecution, but when police officers (or certain neighborhood watchmen) commit crimes against black people, they face getting off with little if any punishment.
“In the third place, what exactly is “black on black” crime?
“Do black people kill one another? Sure they do. Ninety percent of black murder victims are killed by black assailants.
“But guess what? White people kill one another, too. Eighty-three percent of white victims are killed by white assailants. See, the vast majority of violent crime is committed within — not between — racial groups. Crime is a matter of proximity and opportunity. People victimize their own rather than drive across town to victimize somebody else.
President Obama is expected to announce some major policy changes in the 1033 Program, the federal initiative that transfers surplus military equipment from the Defense Department to domestic police agencies across the country.
It’s the administration’s long-awaited response to the debate sparked by the police response to last summer’s protests in Ferguson, Missouri, according to The Washington Post on Monday.
AFP: “President Barack Obama barred police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that US law enforcement has become too militarized.”
Some sources, however, are claiming that local police forces will still be able to buy military-style gear, just not through the federal government.
MSNBC gives “All In” viewers a look at the history-making election in Ferguson, MO.
After months of upheaval, the beleaguered city of Ferguson, Missouri, has a new governing board. It looks different than the old one, states CNN.
After a higher-than-normal 30% turnout, two African-American candidates won their wards last Tuesday to make the six-member City Council 50% black.
Ferguson’s population of about 21,000 is 70% black, but the City Council was predominantly white, as is the police force.
Bill O’Reilly played “Devil’s advocate” recently and said that based on the recent DOJ report on Ferguson police, they were very specifically “targeting blacks,” according to MediaITE.
St. Louis radio talk show host McGraw Milhaven disputed some of the statistics, but O’Reilly didn’t buy into it.
O’Reilly said, “You don’t have to give a ticket to somebody who’s not crossing the street properly. They’re targeting it. They’re doing it for money, they want the money, and it’s an easy play.”
When Milhaven said “they’re targeting blacks and whites,” that set off O’Reilly again. O’Reilly said they were clearly targeting blacks and it’s flat-out wrong.
More on The U.S. Attorney General’s report:
According to the BBC, Prince Andrew’s former wife Sarah Ferguson has said she cannot just stand by when “shockingly accusatory allegations” that he had sex with an underage teenager are being made.
Speaking on US TV, Ms. Ferguson referred to Buckingham Palace’s statement that the claims were “categorically untrue”. The prince was a “great father and humongously good man”, she added.
It was the second time she had come to his defense since the allegations became public this month.
A member of the grand jury that declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson sued the prosecutor in the case on Monday, criticizing the way evidence was presented to grand jurors and seeking court permission to speak publicly about the way the case was handled.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in St. Louis against St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch by the grand juror, whose name was withheld and was referred to as “Grand Juror Doe.”
The lawsuit relates to the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.