Harvard study finds no racial differences in police shootings

Harvard study finds no racial differences in police shootings
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Countering the racially charged rhetoric on police shootings that ultimately manifested into a slew of violent acts and blood shed, a recently published Harvard study found no racial bias in how police wield the most lethal form of force.

The findings revealed that when it comes to “officer-involved shootings — we are unable to detect any racial differences in either the raw data or when accounting for controls.”

Roland G. Fryer Jr., the African-American author of the study and Harvard economics professor called it “the most surprising result” of his career.

The study examined 1,000 shootings, including nonfatal ones, in 10 major police departments in Texas, Florida, and California. In those areas, officers were more likely to fire their guns without having first been attacked when the suspects were white. Black people and white people were equally likely to have been carrying a weapon, but police didn’t use racial bias to dictate whether or not they fired their weapon.

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