I think we should take the tiny bit of data that’s available and use it to make claims about police brutality that are as high as can be stated. Which with any too-small pool of statistics there’s a good bit of latitude. Then any response from the law and order fascists who try to undermine the credibility of the stats can be lured into a discussion that includes non-crazy people with, “Well, let’s figure out what the numbers really are.” Unfortunately that might take a few years, but any important improvement in society always takes a few years.
The same technique can be used in every other public issue where one side is hiding the data to keep the issue from being addressed. See, the techniques of trolling can offer something to SJWs. Yay trolling.
Well, no. Any attempt to use the current stats this way should be openly discussed in terms of "the data are so small that we could say all kinds of things about them. So let’s go there until reporting gets better.
At least this was what ran through my mind when I saw this headline on my RSS feed a few days ago:Young Black Men Are 21 Times More Likely To Be Killed By Police. Just now I read the article and they list some fairly shocking conclusions from a pool of 1217 killings. Young black men are at risk at the rate of 31.17 per million while young white men are at risk at the rate of only 1.47 per million. So there is data out there for credible analysis and that analysis is still pretty soul-crushing. But folks already kind of know that.