When asked about George Floyd’s death by CBS News, President Trump said it was terrible but stated more white than Black people are killed at the hands of police in the U.S., without giving any evidence of the claim pic.twitter.com/4vB01AfnVW
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 15, 2020
Uh, the question of who gets killed by the police has been studied intensively. According to the Washington Post, since 2015, blacks have made up 26% of those who have died at the hands of the police and nonblacks 74%.
In contrast, according to a 2011 Obama Administration report, blacks made up 52.5 percent of all homicide offenders between 1980-2008, with nonblacks as only 47.5 percent.
It seems reasonable that police killings would be proportional homicidality, since the best justification for a police killing is a reasonable fear of being murdered.
But instead, nonblacks are being killed by police in disproportionate numbers to their minority share of being homicide offenders.
In summary, nonblacks are being killed by cops at 3 times the rate of blacks relative to their homicide propensities.
And why has virtually nobody discussed this question?
Here’s the math:
Blacks are 26.4% of those killed by cops but 52.5% of killers.
Nonblacks are 73.6% of those killed by cops but only 47.5% of killers.
(73.6% / 47.5%) / (26.4% / 52.5%) = Nonblacks are 3.1 times more likely to be killed by cops relative to their homicide rates than are blacks relative to their homicide rates.
By the way, here is (part of) a graph of people killed by the police from the Washington Post:
Why are whites being killed 13/4ths as often as Non-Hispanic Others (Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians, presumably)?