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78% of suspects shot by a black cops are … black

According to ProPublica, a not for profit media outlet, black police account for slightly over 10% of police shootings. Blacks make up 12.5% of the US population, but are less likely to become police than whites.

ProPublica also tabulated all the suspects fatally shot by black cops over a three year period. They concluded that 78% were black suspects. ProPublica also concluded that 32% of non-white suspects shot by police were shot by a non-white officer.

Lately the media has been railing about the disproportionately low number of black police. The New York Times claims that blacks are underrepresented on police forces nationwide. Ten percentage is probably equal to or greater than the percentage of police officers who are black.

If blacks are really underrepresented on police forces to the degree that the media is hyping right now, it would mean that black cops fatally shoot suspects at a higher rate than white cops.

From ProPublica…

Black officers account for a little more than 10 percent of all fatal police shootings. Of those they kill, though, 78 percent were black.

White officers, given their great numbers in so many of the country’s police departments, are well represented in all categories of police killings. White officers killed 91 percent of the whites who died at the hands of police. And they were responsible for 68 percent of the people of color killed.

In 2013, 29% of all crime suspects fatally killed by police were black. However, blacks accounted for 50% of all murders in 2013. Blacks commit many other serious crimes at rates higher than 29%. This suggests that white suspects are actually more likely to be shot by police than black suspects.