More than half of police-related deaths go unreported or are misclassified, according to a study.


More than half of police-related deaths go unreported or are misclassified, according to a study.

According to a new study, more than half of deaths from police violence went unreported or misclassified over a nearly 40-year period, with data suggesting that Black people are 3.5 times more likely to die as a result of police violence than White people.

According to a new study published Thursday in The Lancet, more than 9,500 individuals died as a result of police violence between 1980 and 2018, while just over 8,500 people died as a result of white police violence.

According to the United States Census Bureau, white people make up 62% of the population, while black people make up 12%.

Furthermore, Hispanic people, who make up approximately 8% of the national population, accounted for nearly 5,200 of the deaths caused by police violence between 1980 and 2018, the most recent year for which figures are available.

In a news release, co-author Fablina Sharara noted, “Recent high-profile police shootings of Black people have drawn worldwide attention to this serious public health disaster, but the enormity of this problem can’t be properly appreciated without trustworthy data.”

According to Sharara, a researcher at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, “inaccurately reporting or misclassifying these killings further obscures the greater issue of systemic racism that is engrained in many U.S. institutions, including law enforcement.”

The Fraternal Order of Police, a nationwide law enforcement lobby group, did not reply to a request for comment from Nokia News on the findings.

Earlier study has showed similar rates of racial inequities in deaths from police violence, as well as underreporting of police killings in official data, spanning shorter time periods.

According to a research published in October, while accounting for only 4% of the worldwide population, the United States accounted for 13% of the roughly 9,000 deaths attributable to police violence in 2019.

The researchers examined data from the National Vital Statistics System, a CDC-managed database of birth and death records, to three non-governmental, open-source datasets on deadly police violence for this study.

According to the researchers, the databases – Fatal Encounters, Mapping Police Violence, and The Counted – collect data from news reports and public records requests.

Between 1980 and 2018, the National Vital Statistics System failed to register 17,100 deaths from police violence out of 30,800, or 56% of all deaths from police brutality… Article Summary from Nokia News


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