The only time that President Obama, Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson ever show any concern about a black person being murdered in this country is when a white cop is involved.
Yet, of the approximate 12,500 victims of murder each year, 50% are black. This despite the fact that blacks only makeup 13% of the population. And, of those deaths, 93% of them are at the hands of other blacks.
By ignoring these statistics and only focusing on killings involving cops, black leaders are cheapening the deaths of all too many blacks.
According to the FBI, in 2011 there were only 393 officer-involved deaths. So, cops killing Americans of any color is a small fraction of the murders in this country. Certainly, nowhere near the 6,329 blacks who were slain in 2011; primarily by other blacks. In my opinion, this tells us that we don't have a policing problem. However, one would think so, based on all the commentary and protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Grant.
I think its time for black leaders -- including our President -- to focus in on the real problem of black murders in this country instead of sidestepping the issue by only blaming cops. While there are no statistics to prove it, I'm quite sure that the total number of black murders would actually be a lot higher without the police doing their jobs and maintaining order in highly black populated neighborhoods. Every time a police officer (black, white, or whatever) is able to remove an illegal gun from someone following a traffic stop or in some other interaction, the chances are pretty good that a life may have been saved as a result. In Chicago, alone, 7,000 illegal guns were taken off the streets in 2012. If even 1% of those guns would have ultimately been used in a murder, that's 70 lives saved; probably 35 of which would be statistically black.
As a country, we need to appreciate the roll of our police and not denigrate them.
FBI: Expanded Homicide Data: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded/expanded-homicide-data
A look at statistics on black-on-black murders: http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2013/jul/17/tweets/look-statistic-blacks-and-murder/
Why does Chicago have so many illegal guns?: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/10/22/why-does-chicagohavesomanyillegalguns.html