Why is attempting to determine if there is racial disparity in FOIS a "fireable" offense?
The authors clearly state that information is hard to obtain and in many cases incomplete, therefore unreliable.
It seems to me that attempting to codify what data there is, eliminate incomplete data, etc. and then begin the process is a good approach, considering the times we live in. Or, we could sit on our asses and watch the county burn.
I think they made some good points:
None of this seems unreasonable to me:
We report three main findings: 1) As the proportion of Black or Hispanic officers in a FOIS increases, a person shot is more likely to be Black or Hispanic than White, a disparity explained by county demographics; 2) race-specific county-level violent crime strongly predicts the race of the civilian shot; and 3) although we find no overall evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities in fatal shootings, when focusing on different subtypes of shootings (e.g., unarmed shootings or “suicide by cop”), data are too uncertain to draw firm conclusions. We highlight the need to enforce federal policies that record both officer and civilian information in FOIS.
Regarding #3 above, it would appear no matter who has been President, the data needed remains elusive. I guess we can conclude it's easier to militarize the police than it is to get them to take accurate notes when shooting civilians.