The Washington Post Totals on Police Killings Again Eliminate the Laws of Probability in a Land of Guns, Poverty, and Crime

The Mainstream Media Refuses to Post Context. Why?

  • PhD criminologists say, “Relative to violation frequency as reported by crime victims, the likelihood of arrest for white and black offenders is roughly equal.” https://academic.oup.com/sf/article-abstract/81/4/1381/2234598?redirectedFrom=fulltext
  • A U.S. Department of Justice 2004 NCJRS report says, “Interestingly, none of the characteristics of the suspect was important. In other words, officers were equally likely to stop individuals whether they were male or female, African-American or white, low or high socioeconomic status … A recent area of research, that of racial profiling, has begun to examine whether or not police officers use race to discriminate against minorities. Research on racial profiling is attempting to capture officers’ pre-conceived notions and practices of discrimination by race. To date, the research that has been conducted cannot confirm or refute whether officers discriminate against members of racial minority groups.” https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/213004.pdf
Washington Post data midway through 2015. The data tracks similarly in 2016 and 2017.
  • Black males are under 1/3 of unarmed people killed (19 of 68 in 2017)
  • From 2004–2013, 43% of police were killed by someone black, according to The Washington Post’s research in 2015. Thus, the 25% killed by police that are black (approximately 3% black female) might actually be construed as lower than expected.

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