It’s official: African American residents are 10 times more likely than Caucasians to be shot by police. At least that’s what one study found for residents of Chicago.
In an analysis of recent data from the City of Chicago Independent Police Review Authority, “In black and Latino, lower-income neighborhoods you will see police officers who are instructed to stop and frisk and aggressively search every day,” civil rights attorney Craig Futterman told the Chicago Reporter, which first crunched the data.
Futterman founded the University of Chicago’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project. He explained that, “These opportunities for conflict to escalate present themselves. And they often do.”
The Chicago Reporter’s analysis also revealed that while African Americans residents are less than a third of Chicago’s total population, three-quarters of the city’s police-involved shooting victims were in fact members of the African American community in such incidents spanning 2009-2013.
In the midst of a widely-reported drop in the Windy City’s shooting rate and homicide rate, African Americans still accounted for more than 67% of the city’s police-involved shootings in 2013.
For their part, the City of Chicago has paid out millions in settlements to the families of police victims over the past few years. One prominent example, the killing of Rekia Boyd, an unarmed 22-year-old woman shot by an off-duty officer in 2012, cost the city $4.5 million in a wrongful death settlement, paid out to Boyd’s family.
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