More Evidence to Support Systemic Racial Violence

Over the past few years, there have been a number of studies that provide increasing evidence of an entrenched, systemic, racial policing problem in the US. A study released Friday by the Center for Policing Equity, one recent study of police violence against African Americans in the US, finds that “although officers employ force in less than 2 percent of all police-civilian interactions, the use of police force is disproportionately high for African-Americans — more than three times greater than for whites.”

According to the report, “The Science of Justice: Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force”:

“The dominant narrative has been that this happens to African-Americans because they are arrested in disproportionate numbers,” said Phillip Atiba Goff, a founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, based at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “But the data really makes it difficult to say that crime is the primary driver of this. In every single category, the anti-black disparity persists.”

The full report on the unequal use of force by police against African Americans can be read here.

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