Black suspects more at risk from black cops – Study upends narrative of racist white officers

Despite an intense national focus on high-profile police shootings involving white officers and black men, a new study shows that white officers are not statistically more likely to shoot and kill a black suspect. Among a sample of 2,699 fatal police killings between 2013 and 2015, the study found that the odds of a black suspect being killed by a black police officer were consistently greater than the odds of a black suspect getting killed by a white officer. “When either the violent crime rate or the demographics of a city are accounted for, we find that white police officers are not significantly more likely to kill a black suspect,” wrote co-authors John R. Lott Jr. and Carlisle E. Moody of the Crime Prevention Research Center. The study found that among the sample of those killed by the police, 45 percent were white, 25 percent were black, and 16 percent were Hispanic. “White officers are significantly less likely than black officers to kill black suspects, and they are not statistically significantly different from Hispanic, other race, and unknown race police officers,” the study said, excepting one model where Hispanic officers were marginally more likely to kill black suspects. Since the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the Black Lives Matter movement has made officer-involved shootings a national political issue. The issues of race and law enforcement also hit a boiling point amid a number of high-profile incidents of police officers getting targeted in the line of duty. For example, the suspect in the shooting deaths of five officers in Dallas over the summer reportedly said he wanted to kill white people — and, in particular, white police officers.

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