Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Place not race: Where Police Have Killed Americans In 2015

Where Police Have Killed Americans In 2015 | FiveThirtyEight:
Police killings tend to take place in neighborhoods that are poorer and blacker than the U.S. as a whole. About 30 percent of the killings — 139 of the 467 — took place in census tracts that are in the bottom 20 percent nationally in terms of household income. A quarter of those killed by police died in tracts with majority-black populations; nationally, just 7 percent of the population lives in majority-black tracts. Black Americans were especially likely to be killed in poorer neighborhoods.
Because US poverty is disproportionately black, it's no surprise that these neighborhoods are majority-black. But the question that's still unanswered: Are most black police victims killed because they're black or because they're poor? We do know that all police victims tend to be poor, so the data continues to support the idea that place trumps race.