According to the New York Times, a new study shows that there is a difference in how black people are treated by police compared to the treatment of white people. Black men and women are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed when dealing with police. Conversely, when it comes to the use of lethal force, the study shows that your skin color has nothing to do with it.
Roland G. Fryer Jr., a professor of economics at Harvard and the author of the study, along with a group of student researchers, spent around 3,000 hours assembling detailed data from police reports in Houston, Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Jacksonville, and four other counties in Florida.
They examined 1,332 shootings between 2000 and 2015. The study gathered information by having law enforcement officers answer questions such as: How old was the suspect? How many police officers were at the scene? Were they mostly white? Was the officer at the scene for a robbery, violent activity, a traffic stop or something else? Was it nighttime? Did the officer shoot after being attacked or before a possible attack?
Their goal was to find out whether police officers were quicker to fire at black suspects.
The study also found that during the years of the study there were 1.6 million arrests in Houston in which, officers fired weapons 507 times. This shows that non-lethal use of force is used much more than lethal force.
Young Conservatives reports:
A new study confirms that black men and women are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement. They are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer, even after accounting for how, where and when they encounter the police.
But when it comes to the most lethal form of force — police shootings — the study finds no racial bias.
The result contradicts the mental image of police shootings that many Americans hold in the wake of the killings (some captured on video) of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Laquan McDonald in Chicago; Tamir Rice in Cleveland; Walter Scott in South Carolina; Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati; Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La.; and Philando Castile in Minnesota.