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Black men were 9 times more likely to be killed by US police in 2016, a new report says


Black men between the ages of 15 and 34 were nine times more likely to be killed by U.S. police in 2016 than other groups, The Guardian reports.

Overall, 1,091 people were killed by police in 2016, a slight decrease from 2015's 1,146. However, racial disparities held firm. Last year 6.64 black people per million residents were killed by police. For white people, that number was 2.95 per million residents, and for Hispanics, it was 3.23. All of those numbers represented slight declines from 2015.

By the numbers

The four states (including Washington, D.C.) with the highest rates of police deaths per capita were Alaska, Washington, D.C., New Mexico, Oklahoma. 

For reference, police have killed 69 people in Oklahoma in the past two years, compared to New York, whose police have killed 52 people despite a population five times larger.

The FBI has been embarrassed by work of investigative journalists that have clearly done a better job gathering this important data.
Tim Lynch, Cato Institute

President Obama wrote on Thursday that improved data collection would make police use of force less frequent. However, that plan has been marred by spotty police data on shootings, The Guardian reports.

What is clear in this one instance: We failed.
NYPD chief James O'Neill, after Danner incident

At least one in five people killed by police was mentally ill, The Guardian reports. In one instance, a 66-year-old woman with schizophrenia swung a baseball bat at an officer, who then opened fire.

Of those killed, 142 people allegedly pointed a gun (or a non-lethal gun, such as a BB gun) at police before being killed.  

Activists have noticed 2017 isn't off to a sterling start.

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