Interesting: Fatal police shootings in the United States seems to only be increasing, with a total 228 civilians having been shot, 31 of whom were Black, as of March 30, 2020.
#7 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-06-03 12:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1
From your link: 42 were white, and 139 "unknown". Other than police seem to be shooting people at a higher rate this year than the last couple, what's the point of your quote? I'm not seeing a lot else you can pull from that data set.
Also from your link - last year: 1004 police shootings, 370 White, 235 Black, 202 "unknown". Sure seems a disproportionate number are black - roughly double their proportion in the population, without even adding in any from the "unknown" category. Add to that the difficulty in collecting the statistics because there is no uniformity in requirements for reporting police-involved shootings and we have a real data problem.
News flash. Cops more likely to use excessive force on whites.
#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-06-03 12:34 PM | Reply
News flash. Not all police-involved shootings are "excessive force" (and not all excessive use of force are shootings), which is also something these raw statistic can't really illuminate. This is especially the case here since the judgement of whether a shooting was justified or not is coming from the police, some of whom have been demonstrably lying about the circumstances of their use of force. That kind of makes the whole discussion a little more difficult than the simplistic "more whites got shot" or "a higher proportion of shootings were blacks" doesn't it. By the way, white people are shot at a rate well below their proportion in the population, even if you were to assume all the "unknowns" were white.
Seems like a complex topic that deserves a deep, thoughtful examination. Are you going to give it that?