In the U.S. police is triple According to new data from non-profit organizations that monitor political violence around the world, they are more likely to use force on left-wing demonstrators than right-wing demonstrators.
In the past 10 months, U.S. law enforcement agencies have used tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and beatings in “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations at a much higher rate than pro-Trump or other right-wing demonstrators.
Regardless of whether the protests are peaceful or not, law enforcement officials are also more likely to use force against left-wing demonstrators.
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Barack Obama highlighted earlier versions of these statistics on January 8th, arguing that they are an understanding of Americans’ concerns that the Congressional police failed to stop thousands of white Trump supporters from invading and robbing mobs. The behavior provides a “useful frame of reference.” On January 6, the U.S. Capitol responded, prompting people to re-examine the level of violence and aggression in the U.S. police force against blacks and whites.
The new statistics come from the U.S. Crisis Monitor, a database created by Princeton University researchers and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) this spring. The database was previously a non-profit organization that monitored civil unrest in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America .
Researchers have found that over the past year, the vast majority of thousands of protests across the United States have been peaceful, while most of the protests by the left and right have not received any violent response from law enforcement agencies.
According to the latest data released this week, since April, the police have used tear gas, rubber bullets, beaten with batons and other forces on demonstrators to demonstrate against demonstrators.
The Guardian compared the percentage of all demonstrations organized by left-wing and right-wing groups that led to the use of force by law enforcement agencies. For left-wing demonstrations, this is approximately 4.7% of protests, and for right-wing demonstrations, it is 1.4% of protests, which means that law enforcement agencies are three times more resistant to left-wing demonstrations than right-wing demonstrations.
Only when there are more peaceful left-wing protests and right-wing protests, will the police response gap widen. Observe that the demonstrators did not commit any violence, vandalism or robbery as part of the protest. The probability that law enforcement officers use force against left-wing protests is 3.5 times that of right-wing protests. The proportion of peaceful left-wing protests is about 1.8%, and peaceful right-wing protests 0.5% of the activities encountered tear gas, rubber bullets or other forces from law enforcement agencies.
“The police are not just more involved, because [leftwing protesters] More violent. They even interact more with peaceful demonstrators,” Dr. Rudabeh Kishi, director of research and innovation at ACLED, told The Guardian. “This is a clear trend. “
ACLED data also shows that generally speaking, US law enforcement agencies are more likely to intervene in left-wing protests than right-wing protests, and are more likely to use force when intervening. Between April 1 and January 8, 2020, US law enforcement agencies arrested or intervened in 10,863 “Black Lives Matter” incidents and 9% of other left-wing protests, compared to 2,295 cases In right-wing protests, this proportion was only 4%.
ACLED found that half of the time the police took any intervention measures on the left-wing protests, which involved the use of violent means, while the right-wing protests only took one-third of the time.
Overall, according to the latest ACLED data, in the past 10 months, 94% of the left-wing demonstrations were peaceful, while 96% of the right-wing demonstrations were peaceful. Kishi cautioned that the process of classifying demonstrations as peaceful demonstrations did not take into account whether demonstrators engaged in violence or property damage responded to police aggression or violence.
The U.S. crisis monitoring agency previously found that despite Trump’s rhetoric and extensive media coverage of property damage or violence in protests against police violence this summer, since April, more than 93% of “black life issues” have occurred. The protests did not cause injuries or property damage.
Most of the protests that ACLED categorized as left-wing are “black house” demonstrations, but they also include pro-Biden demonstrations. Protests by left-leaning groups such as Waste Bing, NAACP or American Democratic Socialists; and protests related to anti-fascist or left-leaning militia groups and street movements.
Right-wing protests include demonstrations in support of Trump and support of the police, including a “blue life” rally. Right-wing protests against coronavirus restrictions on public health; QAnon conspiracy theory supporters and other protests related to the “Save Our Children” movement; and “Stop Theft” rally to promote Trump’s false claims about his defeat in the 2020 election .