White US police officers use guns more often than black officers

AFP
February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON: White police officers are more likely to use their firearms than their black colleagues, and even more so in majority-black neighborhoods, according to a study.The study, published...

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WASHINGTON: White police officers are more likely to use their firearms than their black colleagues, and even more so in majority-black neighborhoods, according to a study.

The study, published Monday, reinforces a sentiment often expressed by minority communities in the US. When called on emergency response operations, white officers "use gun force twice as often" on average as their non-white colleagues, wrote Mark Hoekstra and CarlyWill Sloan, economists from Texas A&M University.

Additionally, "while white and black officers use gun force at similar rates in white and racially mixed neighborhoods, white officers are five times as likely to use gun force in predominantly black neighborhoods," they said in the study, which was submitted for discussion on the National Bureau of Economic Research website.



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