With all of the police killing of Black people recently, one has to wonder how many Black people are actually armed. In a recent study posted by The Guardian, the news site determined that Black and hispanic people killed by cops are less likely to be armed, than white people.

From The Guardian:

Black Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with police as white people, according to a Guardian investigation which found 102 of 464 people killed so far this year in incidents with law enforcement officers were not carrying weapons.

An analysis of public records, local news reports and Guardian reporting found that 32% of black people killed by police in 2015 were unarmed, as were 25% of Hispanic and Latino people, compared with 15% of white people killed.

The findings emerged from a database filled by a five-month study of police fatalities in the US, which calculated that local and state police and federal law enforcement agencies are killing people at twice the rate calculated by the US government’s official public record of police homicides. The database names five people whose names have not been publicly released.

The Guardian’s statistics include deaths after the police use of a Taser, deaths caused by police vehicles and deaths following altercations in police custody, as well as those killed when officers open fire. They reveal that 29% of those killed by police, or 135 people, were black. Sixty-seven, or 14%, were Hispanic/Latino, and 234, or 50%, were white. In total, 102 people who died during encounters with law enforcement in 2015 were unarmed.

The Guardian has been keeping track of all of the police killings across the U.S. and have been using the data to prove the ongoing issues with law enforcement in the country.

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  • [email protected]

    These statistics and others confirm the oppression of police terrorism and the disparities in how the police treat black people as compared to non-black people. These stats don’t surprise us. They should further inspire us to seek change and to realize that the police institutions profits off the brutality against black human beings. Black lives matter and justice matters too.

  • ApMillz-CT

    Yeah, yeah and the sky is blue.

  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

    No, duh.