Friday, 1 January 2016
The Guardian view on killings by US police: why we must keep counting
Thank you for the statistics showing that half of those killed by US police are white, while less than 1/3rd are black.
You point out that this means blacks are killed by police at 4 times the rate of whites (7.91 vs 2.13 per million). As blacks commit both gun crimes and homicides at around 6 times the rate of whites (11 vs 65 per million for single shooter/single victim homicides, 18/million vs 133/million for all US homicides), the imbalances make some sense.
Total killed by US police in 2015 = 1134 (Guardian)
Of which Black = 300 26% 7.19
White = 577 51% 2.34
(FBI) single gun all
Total US homicides in 2013 = 5723 14,581
Of which Black offenders = 2698 65/m 5,531 133/m
Of which White offenders = 2755 11/m 4,582 18/m