The Number of ‘Unarmed Blacks Killed by Police’ Peddled By Marc Lamont Hill Rated FALSE by Politifact
When the first day of looting sprung up in Ferguson, there were some very responsible voices in black media who were trying to quell the violence, like MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor. Then there was Marc Lamont Hill who was gleefully throwing gasoline into the fire. Here are some of his tweets from that night:
He has since been on many news outlets peddling that statistic which has now been rated FALSE by politifact. Here’s part of their report:
We didn’t hear back from Hill, but as he said on CNN, he isreferencing a 2013 report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement called “Every 28 Hours,” which examined killings of African-Americans in 2012 by law enforcement, security guards and “vigilantes” who claimed self-defense.
The report is not an academic, unbiased representation of these deaths. It was put together by one volunteer researcher and details 313 deaths based on news clips and police reports. It arrives at one death “every 28 hours” by dividing the number of hours in a year, 8,760, by the number of deaths, 313.
But the report doesn’t say what Hill offered on CNN, that an “unarmed black person is killed” every 28 hours.
In fact, less than half of the people who were killed were unarmed, according toMXGM. PunditFact found 136 were labeled as unarmed after reviewing the compiled profiles.
The 28-hour calculation factored in all 313 deaths, which included people who were armed, “allegedly” armed and unarmed.
That’s an important distinction not reflected in Hill’s claim.
They go on to explain how “unarmed” can include someone being in a car trying to run over police, which seems justified, and also accidents, which shouldn’t be included in a statistic meant to alarm blacks to a fake “epidemic” of cop shootings.