Who Is More Likely To Be Killed By Police? Everyone Who Isn't White
In the wake of a seemingly endless procession of high-profile cases of black people dying at the hands of police, including Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland and more, there have been efforts by both activists and researchers to collect better data on police violence.
Earlier this year, a pair of controversial papers came out that appeared to show that there was no significant racial disparity in police shootings. The study was covered widely, with the results easily misinterpreted by major publications. But the papers didn’t actual say police had no racial bias. They said black men were, yes, much more likely to be stopped, searched and arrested. But among people already being stopped or arrested, whites and blacks were more or less equally likely to be shot, they found.