Whenever you hear a leftist say “but there’s no evidence of that…” this is how it works.
The US Commission of Civil Rights conducted a study to determine whether the impacts of “Stand your Ground” laws had disparate impacts based upon race.
Their hypothesis was that minorities were harmed by such policies and so they set out to prove their hypothesis.
Unfortunately for them, they didn’t get the results they wanted; so, like any honorable researcher would do, they dutifully reported the results of their research even though it didn’t reach the conclusion they wanted right?
Of course not you silly goose…they suppressed it (you have to click through to the pdf document to find the below quote).
This report should not have been published in this form. When the results of an empirical study don’t come out the way Commission members hoped and expected that they would, the right thing to do is usually to publish those results anyway. Why hide useful information?1
Instead, the Commission sat on the report for years. Then it decided to discard the draft written by our staff and publish instead a transcript of the witness testimony received at our briefing that took place on October 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida (along with Commissioner Statements like this one). In that way, the staff’s empirical findings could be buried forever
Fortunately for us, the commission included at least one honorable member who called out this behavior. Otherwise, we would have never found out about it.
Hat tip to Of Arms and the Law.