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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