FATAL RACISM

Blacks 21x More Likely to Die by Cops

Scott Olson

A ProPublica analysis of federal data on deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 shows that young black males are 21 times more likely to be killed by police than their white counterparts. Blacks aged 15 to 19 were killed by police at a rate of 31.17 per million, while only 1.47 per million white males of the same age died the same way. In order for whites to have been at equal risk over those three years, 185 more—that’s more than one per week—would have had to have been killed. Seventy-seven percent of the shootings occured when circumstances were listed as “undetermined.”