November 25, 2014 7:50 am -

ProPublica’s analysis of deadly force by police shows blacks at much greater risk than whites of being shot.


Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.

The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.

One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.

ProPublica’s risk analysis on young males killed by police certainly seems to support what has been an article of faith in the African American community for decades: Blacks are being killed at disturbing rates when set against the rest of the American population.

Our examination involved detailed accounts of more than 12,000 police homicides stretching from 1980 to 2012 contained in the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report. The data, annually self-reported by hundreds of police departments across the country, confirms some assumptions, runs counter to others, and adds nuance to a wide range of questions about the use of deadly police force.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

35 responses to Data: Blacks More In Danger Than Whites Of Deadly Force From Police

  1. Carla Akins November 25th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I’m not sure we actually needed a study to know this.

    • jasperjava November 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Good to have your hunch supported by data, I suppose, even if it’s brought to you by the Department of Blindingly Obvious Statistics.

    • Suzanne McFly November 25th, 2014 at 11:28 am

      All I could think was “duh”.

    • Jones November 25th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      True but “21 times greater”, will be a useful stat in some debates.

  2. edmeyer_able November 25th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    The picture on the left is a white man who was “badly beaten” the picture on the right is a 14 yo who was”subdued” by police.

    • crc3 November 25th, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Where are the markings on the face of DM showing he was beaten? No eye damage indicated here even though it was stated over and over he was hit in the eye. Of course there aren’t any because it never happened in the first place. The murder of MB is just another case of “cop wins because he’s a cop”. In spite of witnesses saying the murder was not justified because MB had his hands up and was much farther away from DW than the cops would admit DW still walks. This kind of “justified” shooting will happen over and over again because cops (especially white) are privileged to do pretty much as they please. There seems to be little or no justice for black kids like Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. The laws are stacked against them…

      • granpa.usthai November 25th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

        SS had the same ‘carte blanche’ in their WHITE RACIST REPUBLICAN Regime also. Lasted for awhile, until AVERAGE CITIZENSstarted fighting back.
        Things will only go downhill from here. While the WHITE REPUBLICAN NAZIS will demand more and more with the use of their SS, the people begin assembling into ‘resistance’ pockets. There will be calls of ‘peace;peace’ throughout the land, just as there was in the 3rd Reich while they planned for even greater crimes against humanity – and like unto then, the ears of those who suffer under the rule of the WHITE RACIST, become more and more deaf.
        Finally, to protect their investments, China will have no alternative but to unleash their bridled massive Military onto the streets of America and carting away the NAZI REPUBLICANS (for the good of humanity) to perpetual servitude in their rice fields where their generations will labor (for real work) until time is no more. Many common citizens will merely step aside and watch while some will eagerly attend the Military Tribunals that will ship the ‘hard working’ ones to the rice fields of China and throw the lazy good for nothing deadbeats off the planet. It will definitely be a memorial day on planet Earth. A day of unimaginable misery for a few, a day of celebration for many.

      • bahlers November 25th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

        Why don’t you look at all of the evidence before making a rash judgement. MB had his fingerprints and blood on the gun, signifying a struggle in the car. Two shots that hit inside the car further this belief. Multiple witnesses from different angles and distances who had no association with MB testified that MB charged DW like he was going to tackle him as he was being shot. This is also furthered by DW’s testimony and the autopsy.

        DW has gone through the justice system, and I feel that the grand jury took this case very seriously. Many will claim that MB was unarmed, but when there is a struggle between and officer and a suspect over the gun, the suspect can then out arm the officer if he acquires his firearm.

        Is there this much outrage when a black officer shoots a white teen? The same week of the MB shooting a white teen was shot as he was reaching for his headphones so he could hear what the officer was saying. Did you and others go up in arms over that? I didn’t think so.

        • crc3 November 26th, 2014 at 10:37 am

          It happens way more often when blacks are involved though. BTW…the evidence that the grand jury saw was skewed to benefit DW and put MB in light as a thug and criminal. Don’t try to hand me that garbage that there was level playing field at work here because there wasn’t. I won’t buy any of it and neither will anyone else who has even half a clue…

    • Statistics November 25th, 2014 at 11:47 am

      One is a white person and the picture was taken at a distance..the African American was taken close up . #2. If anyone knows anything .. A white person’s skin does not bruise like black skin does…hence, the difference between the two.. and possibly a person is trying to make something out of the low intelligence of the people who would think one wasn’t as badly beaten as the other.

    • edmeyer_able November 25th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      For anyone else as silly as Statistics

      • StoneyCurtisll November 25th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

        Doesn’t look like a “sub orbital fracture” to me..
        As reported in the right wing media.

    • StoneyCurtisll November 25th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      High Five.

  3. amongoose November 25th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Could the fact that they commit most of the crime be a factor in the equation?

    • edmeyer_able November 25th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      How nice you brought a friend to up vote your comments……lmao.

      • amongoose November 25th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        Do the facts matter?
        Blacks have the high mortality rate, is caused mainly by other blacks. It seems that a lot of this anger and energy would be better used solving their local problems.
        Voted up same as you do here when you agree with someone. Does that apply to all of your likes as well.

        • StoneyCurtisll November 25th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

          You forgot to end your comment with a ..”White Power” shutout..

          • amongoose November 25th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

            I prefer a discussion on how you think the problem could be solved.
            That possible?

          • StoneyCurtisll November 25th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

            I dont think that is he point you were trying to make..

          • amongoose November 25th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

            But it is a part of the equation. A lower rate of crime among blacks would lower the incarceration rate and be a lot better for blacks as a whole. How would that best be done?

    • StoneyCurtisll November 25th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      “they” commit most of the crime…who is “they”?
      Which crimes are you speaking of?…

    • Kenneth Anderson November 26th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      And how do you come to that conclusion? That belief is the cause of the problem. What evidence do you have to support this opinion? The fact that they(I’m assuming you are refering to black and other minorities) are more often caughr and prosecuted, could be a result of the belief this belief. If you were a police officer and you believed that black people commited most of the crime, then naturally you would be more suspicious and more vigilant of black people, you would arrest more black people. You would be less vigilent and suspicious of white people and arrest fewer white people thus reasuring your belief.

      • amongoose November 26th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

        Using DOJ statistics.

    • WILDCATF4F November 26th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      That has been the single most unspoken point as it will point to the fact that the BLACK race is nothing short of a breeding ground for Crime, so that being said, if the Blacks want to change the numbers, they need to raise their children to join the Military and then go to a trade school if they want to do anything more than wash dishes, or deliver pizzas!.
      LOCK & LOAD!!!

  4. bahlers November 25th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    And the fact that the age group reported is the most prevalent to be involved in gangs or other criminal activity is somehow left out? Why is that?

    • OldLefty November 25th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      The same as details about the violent militias?


      Racial Inequalities in our
      criminal justice system

      Black Americans make up only 12.7% of the U.S. population, they make up 48.2%
      of adults in federal, state, or local prisons and jails. According to the 1998
      federal National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), 72% of users were
      White and 15% were Blacks.

      represent just 11.1% of the U.S. population and only 10% of U.S. drug users,
      yet are 18.6% of the U.S. prison population and 22.5% of those convicted for
      drug offenses.

      average, 1 in 25 adult American Indians is under the jurisdiction of the
      nation’s criminal justice system – more than twice the number of White adults
      in the system.

      of prisoners on Death Row are Black, more than three times the percentage of
      Black Americans in the national population.

      2003, in the United States, White people were imprisoned at a rate of 376 per
      every 100,000 in the population, compared to 709 per 100,000 American Indians,
      997 per 100,000 Latinos and 2,526 per 100,000 Blacks in the population.

      males have a 32% chance of serving time in prison at some point in their lives;
      Hispanic males have a 17% chance; White males have a 6% chance. If
      current rates of incarceration continue, about 1 in 3 Black males, 1 in 6
      Hispanic males and 1 in 17 White males are expected to go to prison at some
      point during their lives.

      Black youth are more likely to be detained than White
      youth. Moreover, Black youth with no prior admissions were six times more
      likely to be incarcerated in a juvenile facility than a White youth with a
      similar history. Latino youth were three times more likely to be imprisoned.

      Among persons over age 24, Blacks (11.2%) were
      significantly more likely to be pulled over while driving than Whites (8.9%).

      Among drivers stopped for speeding, Blacks (75.7%)
      and Hispanics (79.4%) were more likely than Whites (66.6%) to be ticketed

      Police were more likely to conduct a search of the
      vehicle and/or driver in traffic stops involving Black male drivers (15.9%) or
      Hispanic male drivers (14.2%), compared to White male drivers (7.9%).

      • amongoose November 25th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        So what would be the remedy for the disparity?

        • OldLefty November 25th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

          Perhaps getting rid of the private, for profit prison system?

          • amongoose November 25th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

            To be replaced how, and by what?
            I think less serious crimes, as in what should be misdemeanors such as possession crimes don’t need jail time to begin with.
            That being said there is a problem with recidivism of those released after serving their time. If that could be handled we would need a lot fewer prisons.
            Illegal alien criminals I feel we should not have filling our jails. almost thirty percent of federal prisoners are illegal immigrants. The serious felony offenders should be sent back to their country of origin.
            Not a total fix, but a start.

          • OldLefty November 26th, 2014 at 6:28 am

            To be replaced how, and by what?


            To be replaced by the government, non profit system that did not have a profit motive for incarceration.

            Most illegals who are criminals are deported, and I believe that much of the recidivism is a result of the school to prison pipeline.

            To some in Paris, sinister past is back
            In Texas, a white teenager burns down her family’s home and receives probation. A black one shoves a hall
            monitor and gets 7 years in prison. The state NAACP calls it ‘a signal to black



          • amongoose November 26th, 2014 at 8:36 am

            That case was indeed a travesty of justice if reporting was accurate. The local people should organize and elect a school board and officials to remedy the problem. It is much easier to do it on a local level.
            Judges and prosecutors can be recalled in many states, and impeached in all.
            According to DOJ figures there are a lot of illegals serving time in federal prison, and 37k of them were released back into American communities last year.
            At what point as in how many crimes committed, especially violent crimes do we quit releasing someone from jail who seems to simply keep committing crimes? Or can we permanently incarcerate?

          • WILDCATF4F November 26th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

            I say that we need to build a 250,000 Convict prison on an Island where we have ‘Territorial’ Control, and those that are to spend the rest of their laves in a cell, are not even in the U.S.A. to be a problem, and when this TRUE SUPERMAX is fully staffed by retired U.S. Marines, that treat the Convicts like recruits in January 1942, That will send the message that if you do not want to undergo such a form of simple ‘LIFE’ ? and lets not forget that there will be a belt fed Heavy Machine Gun in a tower ever 100 feet, keeping the Convicts in line will not be a problem, and stacking them 3 to a bunk, will have 2/3rds up and moving until they are TOLD! to get in the rack and shut their eyes,!.
            I can assure each of you that they will be doing nothing more than snore until they are TOLD to get up and fall out, This will serve as more than enough of a deterant!, that we can close down 3 of 4 prisons.
            LOCK & LOAD!!!

          • WILDCATF4F November 26th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

            I agree, but we need to attach the ‘ACT OF WAR’ to those we send back, when we catch them here again,! I am sure their own Govt’s. will take action to keep a better eye on them, and do more than express the desire to avoid Military Action!.
            LOCK & LOAD!!!