That Post piece is not informative, as the author does not understand the issues, nor are they up…
Ryder Spearmann
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“Not informative?” I guess you already knew all the facts laid out in the article! Since the author “doesn’t understand the issues,” perhaps you can lay them out better. (Did you follow the links in the article to see how “up to speed” the author is on the research?)

Anyway, you’re missing the point. Now you’re trying to limit the discussion to just unarmed black men killed by police. (Which is clearly a serious problem.) The point of the Washington Post article I posted is specific to your initial response to Katherine’s article where you stated:

Does this author simply not care about anyone else killed by police, unless they happen to be black? This is never explained… skin color is never tied to the incident…. So why bring it up? We all know that far more unarmed whites are killed every year. We also know that far more men are killed every year.

The Washington Post article is all about just that! I’m inclined to believe you did’t read the article at all because it doesn’t mesh with your preconceived view.

The Fryer study only specifically finds no evidence of racial bias in a limited number of police shootings. Prof. Fryer is clear that he was surprised at the finding and was also very clear that the data are insufficient to be definitive and that further study is needed.

Yet, very little data exists to understand whether racial disparities in police use of force exist or might be explained by situational factors inherent in the complexity of police-civilian interactions. Beyond the lack of data, the analysis of police behavior is fraught with difficulty including, but not limited to, the reliability of the data that does exist and the fact that one cannot randomly assign race.” — Page 35

Prof. Fryer was also very specific in the study that “On non-lethal uses of force, blacks and Hispanics are more than fifty percent more likely to experience some form of force in interactions with police.” The issue is there is definitely racial bias with respect to police violence and use of force.

You’re also mistaken that the subject “has been studied at length.” The Fryer study is very clear that there is limited data and the data used was very incomplete. (I’m wondering if you even read the study or are just using it’s existence to support your narrative.) Also, just this week the FBI announced it would be establishing a database to track police use of force nationwide since there is no current database in existence from which anyone “can study at length.” It will take the FBI 2 years to build the database. The most comprehensive source for police involved fatalities today is The Guardian’s “The Counted” site.

If you are truly interested in learning and understanding the issue and not just trying to fit facts to support your predefined narrative, check into some other interesting sources.

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