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US Police kill around 3 men per day, new study reveals

STATISTICS: Police-involved deaths prove heavily underreported

POLICE IN the USA kill on average more than 1,000 men per year, which equates to three men per day, a study has revealed.

The data collected through Fatal Encounters, a systematic review that aimed to uncover the risk factor for men relies on media and public record searches to challenge the statistics neglected in official data sources.

As police agencies are not required to submit information about federal killings to the government, the facts and figures concerning police-involved deaths prove heavily underreported.

In addition to the alarming data, coroners often do not accurately classify deaths caused by police, resulting in misrepresented records.

The July 2018 study that focused on gender, also examined the trends in racial and regional differences.

In comparison to 0.7 white men per 100,000 annually killed by police, black men are killed at higher rates, at about one death per 100,000 men and 2.2 deaths per 100,000 men per year, respectively.

This means that black men are, on average are three times more likely to be killed by police than white men.

Though men are around 10 times more likely to be killed by police than women, the risk factor of racial inequality remains.

Black women are equally at a higher risk of being killed than their white counterparts.

The study indicates that alongside race and gender, location plays a significant role in racial differences in risk across the USA.

The varying results show that black men face the highest risk of being killed by police in Oklahoma, while Latino risk is highest in New Mexico.

Studies have revealed that police incarceration harms individual and community health and is a key driver of inequality in the US.

Often imposed by an aggressive stop-and-frisk style policing, the linkage has been reported to increase anxiety and post-traumatic symptoms among young men.

The study argues: ‘Police killings should be considered a public health concern.

Public health agencies and researchers should play an increased role in collecting data on police-involved deaths and police use of force.’

Furthermore, it considers: ‘conversations about the incredibly high homicide rate in the US must acknowledge that police are responsible for about one in 12 of those deaths.’

To reduce overall homicide risk, particularly among men of colour, a reform has been urged to explicitly target interactions between police and civilians.

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