Police Violence a Leading Cause of Death for Black Men in America Between 2013 and 2018: Study

About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers. That makes them 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops.

The analysis also showed that Latino men and boys, black women and girls and Native American men, women and children are also killed by police at higher rates than their white peers. But the vulnerability of black males was particularly striking.

“That 1-in-1,000 number struck us as quite high,” said study leader Frank Edwards, a sociologist at Rutgers University. “That’s better odds of being killed by police than you have of winning a lot of scratch-off lottery games.”

The number-crunching by Edwards and his coauthors also revealed that for all young men, police violence was one of the leading causes of death in the years 2013 to 2018.

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This still, released by the family of Walter Scott, shows North Charleston, South Carolina, police Officer Michael Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran away from the officer on April 4, 2015.

This still, released by the family of Walter Scott, shows North Charleston, South Carolina, police Officer Michael Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran away from the officer on April 4, 2015.

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