First of Its Kind Study Shows 55,400 People Hospitalized or Killed by US Cops in a Single Year

Gardner, Justin

Publisher:  The Free Thought Project
Date Written:  26/07/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21144

The authors of a study which examined police interactions with the public conclude that alarmingly high numbers reflect an "excess exposure" of people to police violence.


Excerpt: The new study also confirmed that minorities are targeted for stops at a far higher rate, although the likelihood of being injured or killed during that particular stop was equal for all groups.

“Blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to be arrested when the police stop them than Whites or Asians. This differential may well result from racism," said Miller. "But once you are stopped or arrested, the likelihood that you will be killed or seriously injured during that police interaction does not depend on your race."

Data showed "blacks were almost four times more likely than whites to be arrested or stopped by police." This racial bias in policing has long been assumed, and research is starting to confirm this.

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