Police shootings: black victims 2x as likely to be unarmed as whites

Posted by | February 8, 2017 21:22 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Pot Luck

And another racist trope collapses:

Researchers led by a group from the University of Louisville analyzed data on 990 deadly police shootings from 2015 to understand the role race and bias play in fatal police encounters. By examining the race of unarmed victims, the researchers hoped to see if police were more likely to perceive members of different racial groups as more threatening than others. They found that in 2015 there were half as many black victims of fatal police shootings as white victims, but of those victims, there were more unarmed black victims than unarmed white victims.

Black suspects were more than twice as likely as white suspects to have been unarmed,” Justin Nix , an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Louisville and one of the leaders of the study, told the International Business Times. “And that’s after we controlled for things like mental illness, threat level, age, etc.”

A shooting of an unarmed person could be considered a threat perception failure on the part of the police, Nix said. Police shoot unarmed people when they fail to accurately assess a threat, which could be due to implicit racial bias, or bias that arises from subtle unconscious assumptions, as opposed to overt racism.

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4 responses to Police shootings: black victims 2x as likely to be unarmed as whites

  1. Willys41 February 8th, 2017 at 21:48

    So it comes down to behavior: how did the police behave and how did the suspect behave?

  2. Lyndia February 9th, 2017 at 02:34

    This is NOTHING NEW.

  3. bpollen February 10th, 2017 at 05:35

    “That’s because they get arrested more and I don’t understand how math works.”

    I’ve had that argument presented to me (well, maybe I’m paraphrasing) on the subject of LEO treatment of blacks.

  4. Willys41 February 24th, 2017 at 08:24

    The video begins with a slow speed chase. The “traffic stop” begins at about 3:10. You see the driver of the white pickup not merely refusing to comply with police orders but apparently going out of his way to bait the police into shooting him. Maybe he has mental problems, maybe he was too angry to maintain his self-control. I don’t know the details of this case. But anyone who is concerned about police shootings should watch this–regardless of which side of the argument they may be on.


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