Do Police Shoot Blacks More Often Than Whites? Yet another blithering idiot at Newsweek seems to think so. However, whatever journalism school the author(s) of this drivel attended, it failed to teach them proper statistics. The Washington Post published a better study, one with correct numbers, which I’ve referenced here, and which is even mentioned in the Newsweek article, and which I’ve cross-referenced with known U.S. demographics.
Killed by Police in 2017:
White – 456 (47%)
Black – 221 (23%)
Hispanic – 179 (18%)
Other – 43 (4%)
Unknown – 77 (8%)
Total – 976 (100%)
True, blacks comprise only 13% of the U.S. population. 12.61%, to be precise. Yet 22.64% of people killed by Police in 2017 were black. Thus, blacks are being killed at a rate 79.59% greater than their prevalence in the U.S. population, whereas whites are being killed at a rate 36.52% less than their prevalence in the U.S. population.
It’s true that around 13 per cent of Americans are black, according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau.
And yes, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black offenders committed 52 per cent of homicides recorded in the data between 1980 and 2008. Only 45 per cent of the offenders were white.
Thus, these numbers shouldn’t be “troubling” at all. If one race is disproportionally more likely to commit a crime, then they are disproportionally more likely to be confronted, arrested, incarcerated, resist arrest, and shot, as well.
The question is whether or not the abundance of black shootings is equivalent to the abundance of black crime?
And the answer is that is matches almost exactly. Blacks commit 186.49% more crime per capita (per person) than whites. Blacks are shot 179.59% more often than whites.
If anything, the data shows that blacks are 6.91% — nearly 7% — LESS likely to be shot by police during or after committing a crime than are whites!
Thus, the answer to the question is, NO, police do NOT shoot blacks more often than they shoot whites. In fact, they shoot both black criminals and white criminals with nearly the same frequency. It’s just that blacks are nearly twice as likely (79.59% more likely) to commit crimes than are whites.
THAT’S a FACT, ladies and gentlemen. Thus, claims like, “Black people are three times as likely to be killed by police as white people” are BOGUS claims, “reports” by people who do NOT know how to properly use statistics. In fact, the statistics themselves clearly show the “report titled “Mapping Police Violence” that was released Thursday” is grossly in error.
Sadly, so many hate groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter will probably latch onto that report as their gospel and start killing even more whites.
Education is important! It helps you to be able to discriminate between high quality information and bogus journalism, like this piece written by Josh Saul of Newsweek and published on December 29, 2017. By “totally bogus,” I mean it’s TOTALLY bogus, not worth the electrons it’s printed on.