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April 27, 2018

There are huge racial disparities in how US police use force

Filed under: Bigotry, Economics, Harm, News, Questions, Race, Reason — Tags: , — Scottie @ 09:17

https://www.vox.com/cards/police-brutality-shootings-us/us-police-racism

Here are some quotes from the article.   There is much more information at the site.  Thanks.  Hugs

Black people are much more likely to be shot by police than their white peers.

An analysis of the available FBI data by Vox’s Dara Lind found that US police kill black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the US population. Although the data is incomplete because it’s based on voluntary reports from police agencies around the country, it highlights the vast disparities in how police use force.

The disparities appear to be even starker for unarmed suspects, according to an analysis of 2015 police killings by the Guardian. Racial minorities made up about 37.4 percent of the general population in the US and 46.6 percent of armed and unarmed victims, but they made up 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police.

These disparities in police use of force reflect more widespread racial inequities across the entire American criminal justice system. Black people are much more likely to be arrested for drugs, even though they’re not more likely to use or sell them. And black inmates make up a disproportionate amount of the prison population.

The article talks about crime rates which are frequently used to justify higher rates of police shooting black people.  They show how this doesn’t correlate.  Here is one quote.  Again the article has more information, please check it out.  Hugs

Another study, from 2015, by researcher Cody Ross found, “There is no relationship between county-level racial bias in police shootings and crime rates (even race-specific crime rates), meaning that the racial bias observed in police shootings in this data set is not explainable as a response to local-level crime rates.” That suggests that, again, other factors are involved in the disparities seen for these shootings.

2 Comments »

  1. Black people are much more likely to be shot by police than their white peers. DUH!

    Comment by Nan — April 27, 2018 @ 11:53

    • Amanda seems to disagree. SHe wrote

      I’d say white privilege is an unimportant thing and doesn’t exist in law/government. It barely exists in society.

      Which is one reason I am having such an issue with her the last few days. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — April 27, 2018 @ 11:55


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