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Horowitz: Media coverage of Columbus shooting exposes their BLM agenda as a fraud

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This is where we are in America today

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It's clear as day from the video footage that 16-year-old Columbus, Ohio, resident Ma'Khia Bryant was swinging a knife at another girl and that cops told her to put the knife down before shooting her. Yet the media are still stoking another Floyd mob outrage over this incident and is insinuating that she might not have had a knife. They don't care that police were saving a black victim of an attempted homicide. It is this mentality and media strategy that will continue to result in thousands of more homicide victims, mainly black.

The New York Times claims "officials said" Bryant had a knife rather than publishing the truth that "the video shows" she had a knife. Black Lives Matter is still on the attack and acting as if police murdered Bryant in cold blood. The AP tweeted, "Police shot and killed a teenage Black girl in Columbus, Ohio, just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd. Bodycam footage appeared to show the girl attempting to stab two people with a knife."

This is where we are in America today. Any time police are forced to shoot a violent criminal who happens to be black, the expectation is that there is a right to riot. The nerve of police to defend victims on the declared George Floyd verdict day. They should have taken the day off, according to the AP! Well, it might come as a shock to those who live in gated neighborhoods, but violent criminals don't take a break for the Derek Chauvin trial.

Just consider how often police encounter violent criminals who happen to be black. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting, in 2019, there were 16,425 reported homicides (over 20,000 in 2020), 268,000 robberies, 821,000 aggravated assaults reported by police (many more unreported incidents, including over 4.8 million assaults, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics). There were also 1.1 million burglaries and nearly 7 million property crimes. Most of the latter categories are not considered violent, but many violent criminals commit those crimes and get violent when the police confront them.

Now consider the fact that roughly 51% of those arrested for murder, 53% of those arrested for robbery, 33% of those arrested for aggravated assault, 35% of those arrested for stolen property, and 42% of those arrested for weapons violations are black.

Among juveniles, the numbers are even starker. 62% of robbery arrests and 405 of aggravated assault arrests among those under 18 in 2019 were black.

That means there are millions of police encounters with violent criminals, especially juveniles, for committing serious crimes who happen to be black. If the media standard is now to report on every single case where the suspect is killed rather than focusing on the source of the problem —violent crime — there is simply no way the police can operate under anyone's construct of policing.

When you look at the number of criminals police deal with, their track record is actually pretty amazing. Police shootings have declined precipitately over the years. The problem is that the few bad circumstances get exacerbated by the media lying about so many other justified police killings that it creates a false narrative that the police, and not criminals, are the predominant public policy problem.

The outcome of this new paradigm is unmistakable. Police have much more incentive to allow the victim to be stabbed than to risk their lives by shooting the perpetrator. That is already happening. Last year, shootings involving children were up a whopping 43% in Philadelphia. 96% of them were black! This is the legacy of BLM. They are sacrificing black victims of crime (as well as all victims) to protect black criminals.

Why is there no concern about the growing violence among black inner-city youth that leads to exponentially more lives lost than police shootings, especially when considering how many lives the police save?

The media and corrupt politicians will shed crocodile tears and feign outrage over the tragic and unnecessary loss of a young life. Yes, it is tragic and unnecessary. If we actually deterred crime in this country, more victims and, yes, suspects would be saved. But the tragedy is not the police; it's the criminals themselves and the broken families who raise them. Violent crime is being committed at a younger age, and now more girls are being roped into it.

Just last month, a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old girl brutally killed an Uber driver in D.C. during a carjacking. Where is the outrage over that? Well, those suspects will likely be out on the streets no later than their 21st birthdays thanks to a plea deal, which is why we will continue to see more of this. Last year, two black teens among an entire mob of accomplices beat a white man to death at the Frederick fair in a racially tinged attack, yet they will not spend a day in prison.

What is self-evident from the past year is that not only does BLM value black people over white, they value criminals over victims. We will all pay the price moving forward.
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