Black Americans are two and a half times more likely than whites to be killed by the police in the United States.

First published in July 2020.

Anti-racist protests around the United States erupted after George Floyd had his neck compressed by a police officer’s knee while in handcuffs for 8 minutes and 46 seconds before dying.

According to data of all police killings in the country compiled by Mapping Police Violence, black Americans were nearly three times more likely to die from police than white Americans in 2019.

Most states’ police forces killed black people at a higher rate per capita than white people, with Illinois, New York and Washington D.C. carrying some of the largest discrepancies by state. Much of the western states have smaller discrepancies overall than eastern ones.

Overall, in 2019, 24% of all police killings were of black Americans when just 13% of the U.S. population is black. Mapping Police Violence also shows that 99% of all officers involved in all police killings had no criminal charges pressed against them.

The disparity between each state's African American population and percentage of blacks killed by police in 2019. / Statista

[This piece was first published in Statista & written by Willem Roper, Editor at Statista.]

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