In 2016 alone, we witnessed the unjustified killings of Black men like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers.
A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that Black men are almost three times as likely to be killed by police use of force than white men. The unfortunate yet unsurprising results of this study prove what we already know—Black men are often treated more harshly, aggressively and generally racially profiled by police officers who are expected to “protect and serve.” The study also revealed that American Indians or Alaska Natives are also nearly three times likely to be killed, while Hispanics are almost twice as likely to be killed. Led by Dr. James Buehler, a professor at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, the study researched over two thousand fatal encounters between police during the years of 2010 to 2014.
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Additionally, the study reveals the disparities between Black and white men when it comes to mortality rates. It also highlights the overall substantial disparities in law enforcement and how Black and other minority males may be treated compared to their white counterparts. Overally, the study’s findings affirm the need for police reform and an end to discriminatory policing.
We can only hope that things begin to look up for 2017.