I question this headline at the always-interesting Gateway Pundit:
HYPOCRISY ALERT: Media Refuses To Mention Race When Black Cop Shoots White Teen
The story is out of Salt Lake City. The police chief identified the police officer as "not white". As best I can pry out of Google, there are no news services describing the officer as black; that description came from a caller to Rush Limbaugh, who was himself careful to stick with the "non-white" label (until he slipped late in his general commentary).
So what are the odds? Bing tells me that Salt Lake City as of 2012 was roughly 74% white, 17% Hispanic, 1.7% black and 5% Asian or Pacific Islander. Since 2000 whites are down a bit (82% to 74%) and Hispanics up a bit (12% to 17%).
I should add that the Police Chief Burbank told Congress something different in testimony about racial profiling back in 2010:
In Salt Lake City, approximately one third of the population is Latino and subject to inappropriate police scrutiny.
Maybe the census is missing a lot of illegals.
In any case, if the people in charge are hiring a police force to reflect the diversity of their city (even with lags that may not capture the changing ethnic mix) the Salt Lake City police force would have a lot more Hispanics than blacks. Also more Asians. So a default assumption that "not white" means "black" seems very dubious here.
This is from the chief's bio:
Additionally, in 2010, Chief Burbank was recognized by the Utah Minority Bar Association as their Honoree of the Year for his service to minority communities and dedication to diversity.
In May 2009, Chief Burbank received special recognition from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah for work in protecting immigrant civil rights. In June 2009, he was recognized by the Latino Community Center for his dedication to community policing in building and maintaining a great foundation with the Latino community.
Thomas Lifson of The American Thinker maintains the "not white" distinction and notes that the victim, Dillon Taylor, joins George Zimmerman as a white hispanic.
The New American goes black but probably ought to walk it back and await more credible reporting.
And FWIW, Radley Balko had a pretty favorable profile of Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank last October:
A Police Chief Tries To Reform The System From Within
Unconventional has been Burbank's modus operandi since he was appointed chief of police in 2006. Be it the drug war, immigration, or the handling of protests, Burbank's mantra to his officers is the same: Use the minimum amount of force necessary to resolve the situation. Or as Burbank puts it, "It's not can I do it, but should I do it?"
When it came time to evict the Occupy protesters in Pioneer Park, then, Burbank and his officers wore their standard, everyday uniforms, not riot gear, as police units in other cities had. Burbank also made sure he was first on the scene -- that the first person the protesters saw was the one with whom they had already had a conversation.
Most of the 200 protesters left voluntarily. Some took advantage of Burbank's offer to have his officers help with their belongings. Nineteen chose to be arrested. There was no violence, no rioting and little anger. And so as images of violent clashes between Occupiers and police in other cities made headlines across the country, in Utah, some Occupiers even praised Burbank for the way he had handled their eviction. It's one reason why the Salt Lake Tribune named Burbank its 2011 "Utahn of the Year."
"I just don't like the riot gear," Burbank says. "Some say not using it exposes my officers to a little bit more risk. That could be, but risk is part of the job. I'm just convinced that when we don riot gear, it says 'throw rocks and bottles at us.' It invites confrontation. Two-way communication and cooperation are what's important. If one side overreacts, then it all falls apart."
A chief who has the respect of his community and a reputation for clear-headedness doesn't merit a Ferguson level of demonstrations and media circus.