Study Finds Black Police Officers Are Just As Likely To Kill Black People As White Officers
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August 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm
A new study shows black police officers are just as likely to kill black people as white police officers.
According to Pacific Standard, the research team, lead by Charles Menifield, dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark, compiled a database of police shootings from 2014 and 2015 to generate their data.
"White officers do not kill black suspects at a higher rate compared with non-white officers," they wrote. "The killing of black suspects is a police problem, not a white police problem."
The study's findings aren't all too surprising considering one of the officers who killed Stephon Clark was a black man, and the recent video footage that's circulated of a newly resigned black officer in Baltimore beating on a black man for seemingly no reason.
Men accounted for 95.5 percent of the deceased, and less than one percent were unarmed.
"The gun could have been in the car, or on them, but it was there at the time they were killed," Menifield wrote.
The team also pointed out the amount of killings isn’t proportionate to the country’s black population.
“While only about 13 percent of the American population is black, 28 percent of people killed by police are black,” they wrote.
The team claims officers of color are more likely to kill than their white counterparts, but they believe it’s a matter of proximity.
“We find that nonwhite officers kill both black and Latino suspects at significantly higher rates than white officers," they wrote. “This is likely due to the fact that minority police officers tend to be assigned to minority neighborhoods, and therefore have more contact with minority suspects."
Menifield’s team concluded the problem is an institutional one.
“We believe that the disproportionate killing of black suspects is a downstream effect of institutionalized racism ... within many police departments” and “disproportionate killing is a function of disproportionate police contact among members of the African-American community."
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