Black men more likely to be killed by police use of force: U.S Study

| Updated: Dec 21, 2016 17:27 IST

New York [U.S.], Dec. 21 (ANI): A new study has revealed the disturbing data on how much of a racial disparity there may be in police use of force, lack men are nearly three times as likely to be killed by legal intervention than white men. According to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health on Tuesday, American Indians or Alaska Natives also are nearly three times as likely and Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely, the study suggests, CNN reports. Gregory Gunn. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher. These are just a few of the names of black men who were killed in high-profile police shootings in 2016. Dr. James Buehler, clinical professor of health management and policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who authored the study said that it affirms that this disparity exists. "My study is a reminder that there are, indeed, substantial disparities in the rates of legal intervention deaths, and that ongoing attention to the underlying reasons for this disparity is warranted," he said. Buehler analyzed national vital statistics and census data on legal intervention-related deaths, from 2010 to 2014, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiological Research (WONDER) database system, which includes county-level death certificates. The data showed 2,285 legal intervention deaths for that time period. While the data did not provide details on the circumstances surrounding the legal intervention deaths, Buehler said that they allowed for him to take a close look at how many deaths involved black, Hispanic and white males, 10 years or older. He found that, although white men accounted for the largest number of deaths, the number of deaths per million in each demographic population were 2.8 times higher among black men and 1.7 times higher among Hispanic men, respectively. In other words, black and Hispanic men were 2.8 and 1.7 times more likely to be killed by police use of force than white men. White men accounted for more deaths only because they were of a larger population. Additionally, Buehler found that American Indians or Alaska Natives accounted for fewer than 2% of legal intervention deaths but had a rate similar to that of blacks. "The psychological science on this is very clear. People, including police officers, hold strong implicit associations between blacks, and probably Hispanics, and weapons, crime and aggression," he said, adding that this association is "supported by scores of studies." (ANI)