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CPRC in the New York Daily News: Rates that police kill black and white teenagers

29 Jan , 2015  

From the New York Daily News:

Black male teenagers are killed by police 2.3 times as often as whites, John Lott, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, found. . . .

While the 2.3 times number is much more accurate than the claims put forward by Slate and Pro Publica, we have argued that even this number is misleading.  Only 1.2 percent of police departments that report this data are from very heavily black areas.  Indeed, the rate of percentage of the population that is black living in the areas represented by these police departments is about twice the share of their share of the population nationally. Thus it isn’t clear that black male teenagers are actually killed at a higher rate than white male teenagers by police.

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  1. Zundfolge says:

    Ok, assuming that black teenagers are killed by police at a rate “2.3 times greater than white teenagers”, what is the percentage probability that a black teenager is more likely to be involved in crime and/or gang culture than a white teenager?

    Could it not also be that black teenagers are significantly more likely to be criminals in the first place that this stat would be true?

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