This is an unbelievable video taken in Austin, Texas around the infamous 6th St. area.
In this video, you can see Austin police surround and taze a black suspect as he’s on the ground being arrested. While there are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of a black guy being tazed on YouTube, there’s one thing that makes this one kind of special: It’s this guy!
That’s right, folks, while the officers were protecting and serving the black guy on the ground, the white suspect takes off through the crowd.
While this unbelievable video is pretty funny, what’s not funny are the statistics between whites and blacks who are convicted of the same crimes in the United States. Blacks often face much stiffer sentences than whites for the same crime. Here are some statistics concerning drug sentencing.
Drug Sentencing Disparities
- About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
- 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites
- African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.
- African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). (Sentencing Project).
If you’ve ever seen unbelievable videos on YouTube, such as “Black Guy Breaks Into A Car“, you have seen how differently black and white suspects are looked at by civilians. It’s important to keep bias in mind when looking at conservative statistics on crime, because oftentimes they do not account for this small detail.
And, by the way, the white, handcuffed suspect was caught a short time later. So no, conservatives, I’m not implying he got away. But, if this guy had a friend with a car, that could have been a real possibility.
Austin, Texas lives up to its reputation, still keeping it weird.
Here is the video: