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by Peter Moskos

August 26, 2014

Race and justifiable police homicides (VII): hispanics

Fact 7: What about hispanics? Hard to tell because many police departments don't keep track. Half of all homicides (justifiable police homicides) have no "ethic origin" listed. When it is listed, 1/3 of those killed are hispanic, which strikes me as very high. Overall, including all the missing data, hispanics come out at 16 percent. So the real number of hispanics killed is somewhere between 16 and 33 percent. The census lists 17 percent of Americans as hispanic (which includes all races).

That's all I got for now. If you can think of any other question I can answer with the data I have, leave a comment, and I'll do my best.


Anonymous said...

I just want to thank you for putting together the stats. You have the best dats that I've seen.

PCM said...

Much obliged. If you want the SPSS file, email me.

Anonymous said...

Interesting information, but obviously incomplete. Recent police killings have caused many to suggest several solutions which should be put in place. I believe the only thing that should be done right now is to mandate across the board consistent police reporting on police homicides, including racial make up, and actions of all participants. Until we have a reasonably accurate picture, we cannot know if there is a problem or if there is one, the scope of it. Or the solutions which would be most effective to lower the number of police killings which do seem high for organizations which are there to protect and serve