(National Review) -- Facts matter: Michael Brown was not an innocent gunned down in cold blood by police in Ferguson, Mo., and it is far from obvious that African Americans are killed by police at meaningfully higher rates than whites, and may in fact be killed at lower rates when the very different rates of violent crime in the two communitie are controlled for. For the moment, put a pin in those questions.
Is it really so difficult to believe that there is widespread wrongdoing, and widespread lying about it, among U.S. law-enforcement agencies, particularly those in big, Democrat-run cities infamous for the corruption of their other municipal institutions? Why do conservatives find it so plausible — obvious, even — that the IRS and the EPA and the Atlanta public schools are corrupt and self-serving, but somehow believe that the Baltimore police department isn’t?
It is possible that what is really at play here is an emotional response to protest culture. Seeing the Black Lives Matters miscreants and Baltimore rioters on one side of the line, conservatives instinctively want to be on the other side of the line.
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