FiveThirtyEight: Blacks More Likely to be Murdered When Arrested
This awesome statistical analysis by Nate Silver’s famed crew at fivethirtyeight.com puts some numbers to something that the recent spate of media attention has been hinting at: If you are black and you get arrested, you are almost twice as likely to get killed as a white person. But before the wingnuts interject with BUT BLACK-ON-BLACK VIOLENCE!!!, the article goes on to conclude:
African-American arrestees are at a considerably higher rate of arrest-related death by homicide than whites. Those homicides are overwhelmingly likely to be committed by law enforcement personnel, not other jail inmates.4 The U.S. Justice Department counted 2,958 arrest-related homicides between 2003 and 2009; 99 percent of those were committed by law enforcement.
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