Thomson Reuters Fires Data Scientist Who Questioned BLM’s Push To Defund Police and Leave Minority Communities Exposed to Crime

Zac Kriegman

Zac Kriegman was fired from his role as director of data science at Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s biggest news organizations that reports on Black Lives Matter, reaching millions of Americans. Kriegman reported in Bari Weiss’ Substack that he was fired from the $350K/year job for sharing data showing cops kill more unarmed white people than black people and claiming Black Lives Matter contributed to thousands of deaths by pushing to defund police. 

“The data was unequivocal,” Kriegman wrote. “It showed that, if anything, police were slightly less likely to use lethal force against black suspects than white ones …black Americans account for 37 percent of those who murder police officers, and 34 percent of the unarmed suspects killed by police. Meanwhile, whites make up 42.7 percent of cop killers and 42 percent of the unarmed suspects shot by police—meaning whites are killed by police at a 7 percent higher rate than blacks. If you broaden the analysis to include armed suspects, the gap is even wider, with whites shot at a 70 percent higher rate than blacks. Other experts in the field concur that, in relation to the number of police officers murdered, whites are shot disproportionately.” 

After posting his thorough research on shootings onto an internal Thomson Reuters discussion platform, Kriegman said he was harassed (with colleagues saying that as a white man he had no right to criticize BLM) by colleagues and then subsequently fired. 

In January, Kriegman filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination stating that he was fired in retaliation for complaining about a racially hostile work environment. The MCAD works in conjunction with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Take Action

Contact Thomson Reuters Corporate Affairs and urge them to reinstate Kriegman.

Contact the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination at and (617) 994-6000 and urge them to accept Kriegman’s case.

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