Queen & Slim: You Only Die Once, by David Bax

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    “Every black American is one white cop’s decision away from being considered a criminal and treated thus”
    https://www.pnas.org/content/116/32/15877
    “We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers”
    That’s why the racial composition of a police force doesn’t seem to affect the rate of shootings. However, other studies have found that female officers are more likely to shoot:
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2014/10/diversity-wont-solve-police-misconduct-black-cops-dont-reduce-violence-against-black-citizens.html

    If you want to argue there’s a general problem with cops being trigger happy, that’s another story, and I would note that does vary a lot across police departments.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Interesting point about white cops and black cops showing similar levels of discrimination. But my point isn’t just about shootings. Things like “stop and frisk” disproportionately targeted citizens of color, as do quotas for tickets, arrests, etc. (as explored in last year’s documentary Crime + Punishment).

      – David

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