I wanted to pass this along. At least according to the Centers for Disease Control, the rate at which black people are being killed by police has declined substantially over the last half century. From the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice:
In the late 1960s, nearly 100 young black men under age 25 were killed by law enforcement every year. Even as the black youth and young adult population doubled over the last 40 years, police shootings of young black men fell to around 35 per year in the 2000s, a rate decline of 79 percent. While younger African Americans were the victims in 1 in 4 killings by police in the 1968-74 period and 1 in 7 in 1975-84, today, that proportion is 1 in 10.
Similarly, police killings of African Americans 25 and older have declined by 61 percent since the late 1960s. Still, the rates for younger African Americans remain 4.5 times higher, and for older African Americans 1.7 times higher, than for other races and ages.
You might wonder what has transpired since 2011. The rate at which black people have been killed by police has continued to decline. Some of the decrease might be due to the “Ferguson effect”.
Clearly, there is still room for improvement including in communication. I have already presented some ideas for improvement. “Defunding the police” might make a good slogan but that will also result in more black people dying at the hands of other black people. Since 2011 Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, and other cities with substantial black populations have seen increasing homicide rates, mostly young black men.
Let’s hope that the events of the last weeks will impel positive change. As the graph at the top of the page shows, little has changed over the last 30 years but as the graph also makes clear, there simply isn’t room for the dramatic improvement between the late 60s and the 80s. Frankly, I doubt that will be enough to satisfy the demonstrators.