Police kill unarmed blacks more often, especially women, study finds

Police kill unarmed blacks more often, especially women, study finds
“Say her name” posters on display May 20, 2015, at a New York City vigil for black women and girls killed by the police. Credit: All-Nite Images via Wikipedia Commons

Blacks, especially women, are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police than non-blacks, and that risk appears to increase in police departments with a greater presence of non-white officers, according to a new study of nationwide data from Washington University in St. Louis.

A key finding of the study is that nearly 60 percent of black women killed by were unarmed at the time of the interaction.

The study is the first in a series of reports from the ongoing Fatal Interactions with Police (FIPS) research project, which includes contributions from public health and biostatistics experts at hospitals and universities, including Saint Louis University, New York University and Harvard University.

While the odds of being killed by police when unarmed were about the same for black and white males, the high percentage of unarmed black women killed by police significantly increased the overall odds for unarmed blacks.

"Our analysis finds that the 'hands up, don't shoot' slogan of the post-Ferguson movement becomes most relevant when you also 'say her name,'" said lead researcher Odis Johnson, associate professor of education and of sociology, both in Arts & Sciences.

"Nonetheless, the odds of an unarmed fatality for black Americans as a whole was a staggering 6.6-to-1, more than double the odds found in several other national studies completed in recent decades."

The "say her name" social movement was launched in 2015 to draw attention to the death of Chicago resident Rekia Boyd and other unarmed black women killed during interactions with police. This study is the first to provide hard data to back up the movement's assertion that black women face a high risk of being killed by police.

The study also suggests that many tactics implemented to curb police violence, such as the use of body cameras and diversifying police forces by adding more non-white officers, have done little to reduce the number of people killed in police interactions.

"Agencies with more officers of color had significantly increased odds of committing unarmed fatalities, suggesting that current levels of agency diversity are not capable of achieving change," Johnson said. "We recommend caution in interpreting this result since our data does not track the race of the police officers connected to each fatality. Thus, we are unable to say whether the actions of officers of color directly increase the odds of unarmed fatalities for racial/ethnic groups."

The project plans to issue two more reports on related findings in coming months as it prepares to host a national symposium, titled "The Color of Policing Symposium (COPS): Youth, Education and Activism," April 19-20 at Washington University.

The FIPS database includes details on about 1,700 fatal interactions with police that occurred in jurisdictions across the United States during a 20-month time period from May 2013 to January 2015.

It estimates the demographic odds of a fatality occurring during an interaction with police based on the location of the interaction and the characteristics of the likely responding law enforcement agency.

Other findings from the first report include:

  • Nearly 94 percent of those killed by police are men; about 46 percent are white; about 22 percent had a history of drug abuse or mental illness.
  • The ages of unarmed people killed by police in the database range from 5 to more than 100 years old, including people who were 101, 103 and 107.
  • More than 57 percent of African American women were killed while unarmed; white males were the least likely to have been unarmed when killed at just under 20 percent.

Much more than a listing of fatal police interactions around the country, the FIPS database also contains a wealth of related demographic and law enforcement data that allows the deaths to be analyzed in the context of local conditions. Database researchers gathered background on each case through an array of public records, including media accounts, death certificates and obituaries.

In addition to U.S. Census statistics on the location where the fatality occurred, FIPS includes data about local law enforcement practices and police staffing drawn from the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Survey (LEMAS), and crime statistics from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program.

Collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics from about 2,800 state and local agencies, the LEMAS data offers details on a wide range of topics: agency responsibilities, operating expenditures, job functions of sworn and civilian employees, officer salaries and special pay, demographic characteristics of officers, weapons and armor policies, education and training requirements, computers and information systems, vehicles, special units, and community policing activities.


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Feb 07, 2018
"Blacks, especially women, are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police "

Wonder why?
https://youtu.be/UhyWNwHpulQ

They should come up with a better def of armed to include nails, fists, elbows, knees, heads, feet, saliva, blood, etc

Also chairs, tables, hard surfaces, fentanyl powder, etcetc

No officer should have to suffer injury or death from these weapons.

Feb 07, 2018
"Nonetheless, the odds of an unarmed fatality for black Americans as a whole was a staggering 6.6-to-1, more than double the odds found in several other national studies completed in recent decades."

That is a number you saw in apartheid South Africa for black South Africans where whites who made up 25% of the population owned 87% of the land and 80% of the national income.

Feb 07, 2018
"We recommend caution in interpreting this result since our data does not track the race of the police officers connected to each fatality. Thus, we are unable to say whether the actions of officers of color directly increase the odds of unarmed fatalities for racial/ethnic groups."

yet you assert that:
"Collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics from about 2,800 state and local law enforcement agencies, the LEMAS data offers details on a wide range of topics: agency responsibilities, operating expenditures, job functions of sworn and civilian employees, officer salaries and special pay, demographic characteristics of officers, ..."

So which is it? You can or you can not determine the demographic characteristics of the officers. The data tells you everything you need to know, or it doesn't.

This all sounds like a very liberal study; i.e. one in which the conclusions were determined before the study was conducted.

Not science, politics. By liberals.

Feb 07, 2018
Where is the study that shows how lowering police recruitment standards in order to increase minority hiring affects law enforcement and the people that they serve?

Feb 07, 2018
Some people think that it is their constitutional right to act however they damn well please when dealing with the police. Black, white or whatever, if you display no self control the odds of a bad outcome go way up. Here is a little tip, be pleasant and keep your mouth shut.

Feb 07, 2018
In 2017 police killed nine black women. That is one percent of all people killed. It is really stupid to make big news of such a number as if police go out to hunt and kill black women. On the other hand police killed 25 white women. Police kill proportionally more blacks as blacks commit more crimes.

Feb 07, 2018
This research is incomplete without the stats that shows that the crime rate is much higher amongst blacks. This type of bias research has only one purpose, and that is to promote the perpetual victim narrative. The police go where the crime is, so statistically mistakes or misjudgments are more likely to be made there. Also, this anti-police and victimhood narrative only serves to give license to disrespect police leading to more such unfortunate incidents.



Feb 07, 2018
and that risk appears to increase in police departments with a greater presence of non-white officers [....] diversifying police forces by adding more non-white officers, have done little to reduce the number of people killed in police interactions.


This means that there is no racial victimhood component going on, therefore there is no rational sense in calling out the static as anything more than related to increased police/community interaction along with perp behaviour and attitude. Liberals basically trained bad attitudes towards police during the police shooting blacks media scam.

Feb 07, 2018
"[statistic] as anything more than....."

Feb 07, 2018
Divide and conquer or so the saying goes. Whites against blacks, men against women, rich against poor and gays against straights. Yup that is all part of the plan to end western dominance.

Feb 07, 2018
Nearly 94 percent of those killed by police are men; about 46 percent are white;

"White male's lives matter!"

Feb 07, 2018
Divide and conquer or so the saying goes. Whites against blacks, men against women, rich against poor and gays against straights. Yup that is all part of the plan to end western dominance.


All instigated by those whom call themselves "jews". They literally are the pushers of multi-cult-uralism.

Feb 07, 2018
Steve I prefer not to judge via an ethnicity but I will say that the progressive intelligentsia in the US is presently in control and wants to see the US decline to the level of the 3rd world.

Feb 07, 2018
It's not a religion nor ethnicity, but rather a political ideology,.... liberal progressivism and democratic socialism.

Feb 07, 2018
Some people think that it is their constitutional right to act however they damn well please when dealing with the police. Black, white or whatever, if you display no self control the odds of a bad outcome go way up. Here is a little tip, be pleasant and keep your mouth shut
And this should be taught in every civics class.
Divide and conquer or so the saying goes. Whites against blacks, men against women, rich against poor and gays against straights. Yup that is all part of the plan to end western dominance
-and put dems back in power in next elections.
I prefer not to judge via an ethnicity
TRIBALISM. Tribal identity and thus behaviors are stronger among the ethnically, geographically, and socially isolated.

The tribal dynamic - internal altruism in conjunction with external animosity - requires victimizing neighboring tribes. The urge to diverge, the mechanism of speciation.

And when we perceive tribal behaviors in others we instinctively respond tribally.

Feb 07, 2018
Police kill proportionally more blacks as blacks commit more crimes
Heres a frank though brutal presentation of relevant statistics.
https://www.youtu...;t=1111s

-The understanding of tribalism and the degree of divergence among tribes around the world is the key that makes this non-racist.

Facts are facts. Context is important.

Tribalism IS racism and it is in all our genes. Facts are irrelevant to tribalists.

Feb 07, 2018
Media spin...

"Alton Sterling, then the following day there was Philando Castile. Two innocent black men [crips member and carrying illegal gun] who were wrongfully shot dead by police officers"

"Infamous gang enemies the Bloods and the Crips, who have a violent rivalry spanning over 50 years, have united in order to march together in the memory of Sterling and Castile.

"The unity was indicated by the incredibly powerful symbol of tying together a red and blue bandanna, the Bloods and Crips gang colors respectively"

-Gang members march in support of blacklivematter and against the justified killing of their own... how is this something to celebrate?

Greenonions the driveby rater... that 9yo girl was killed by drivebys while doing her homework in her bedroom... why dont you downrate THAT???

Try watching the vid before commenting on it.

Feb 07, 2018
One would like to blame race for criminal activities. Hah! One? A whole gaggle of altright terrorists want to blame their victims for having too much melanin showing!

After several hundred years of systematic rape of African women by Anglo-European men. Has left the American population immersed in the defective, naturally criminal genes of the British, Scots, Irish and Welsh. There were good reasons for the Crown to ship their criminal classes off to bedevil the rest of the world.

Feb 07, 2018
One would like to blame race for criminal activities.


Why would you make presumptions about one's motivation rather than accepting what the statistical facts point out? It's really about sub-culture, and not about race. The point here is that if one to wants argue that somehow "police" are especially targeting blacks, then they need to analyze ALL the crime statistics and sub-culture of attitude toward police.

This problem was invented by democrats and their race baiting media.

naturally criminal genes of the British, Scots, Irish and Welsh....[....]... to ship their criminal classes off to bedevil the rest of the world


How is this statement not racist statement? So the criminals that Britain sent off, perpetuate criminality generation to generation? There is zero statistical facts to back up that idiotic absurdity.

The greatest event in human history for the betterment of mankind, was western culture expansion and colonization.

Feb 07, 2018
Ok RRW I will bite. In the past 10 years how many people have the alt-right killed vs MS13 and muslim terrorists? More people are killed in Chicago on a bad weekend then all of the alt-right killings in the past 10 years.

Feb 07, 2018
To tell you the truth black culture was not ruined until the mid 60s. Welfare programs destroyed the black family unit and replaced it with unmarried mothers. Whole neighborhoods were turned into ghettos and feral males turned to crime and drugs. Education among blacks plummeted and if you did study you were a traitor to the culture.

Feb 07, 2018
The racial-PC mentality of democrats and liberals in particular, prevents them from addressing the real issues in the black community.

The democrats invention of "systemic racism" in America was formulated because the white bigots of America are a dying breed, and they need racial division to prevent blacks from receiving the political message of conservatives and libertarians.

Feb 07, 2018
Noumenon poverty is big business in the US. As such, poverty will never be ended since it would put too many rich and middle class liberals out of work.

Feb 07, 2018
Steve I prefer not to judge via an ethnicity but I will say that the progressive intelligentsia in the US is presently in control and wants to see the US decline to the level of the 3rd world.


These so called jews are in control of the media. The universities where these social doctrines are taught, are all based on Frankfurt school policies and thought of which was founded by jews. Marxism, Bolshevism and communism are all jewish movements. The ADL, Binai Brith and masonic lodge are all three fundamentally jewish organizations. Meanwhile AIPAC dominates our foreign policy in order to carve up area for greater Israel. The progressive movements are led by jews and founded by jews whom are desperate for the destruction of all nation states. Even the NAACP was founded by jews. They are liars and killers and will destroy the US while you are chasing mythical "progressives".

Feb 07, 2018
One would like to blame race for criminal activities. Hah! One? A whole gaggle of altright terrorists want to blame their victims for having too much melanin showing!

After several hundred years of systematic rape of African women by Anglo-European men. Has left the American population immersed in the defective, naturally criminal genes of the British, Scots, Irish and Welsh. There were good reasons for the Crown to ship their criminal classes off to bedevil the rest of the world.


Either a jew or a brain dead goy.

yep
Feb 08, 2018

After several hundred years of systematic rape of African women by Anglo-European men. Has left the American population immersed in the defective, naturally criminal genes of the British, Scots, Irish and Welsh. There were good reasons for the Crown to ship their criminal classes off to bedevil the rest of the world.

Your dumb.
https://gizmodo.c...22796426

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