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Police Killings a Leading Cause of Death of Black Men: Report

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Police violence is a leading cause of death among young men, especially young Black men, according to a scientific report published recently.

The study, which looked at police use of force, found that Black men are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than White men.

“Our models predict that 1 in 1,000 Black men and boys will be killed by police over the life course,” the report said.

The report, titled “Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity, and sex,” reported that 1 in every 1,000 Black men can expect to be killed by police. In 2018, police killed 1,018 people, not all of them Black men, according to the database “People Killed by Police.”

The report is contained in the Aug. 20, 2019, issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America ( PNAS).

“Police in the United States kill far more people than do police in other advanced countries industrial democracies,” PNAS reported.

The report listed the names of Black victims of police violence, including Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Charleena Lyles, Stephon Clark, Tamir Rice and many others who have been murdered by the police.

The killings have sparked protests, and the U.S. Attorney General William Barr angrily reacted.

Recently, at an awards ceremony in Washington honoring policing, Barr warned that critics of policing must display more deference or risk losing police protection.

The PNAS report challenged the widely accepted belief promoted by corporate media that more murders of young Black men were committed by other young Black men but in reality, it’s the police who are killing large numbers of Black men.

The murders also affect Black men’s mental health and reinforce inequality in society between blacks whites, according to The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal. In a report titled “Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of Black Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental study” it was reported that police killings of Black men affect the mental health of people not directly affected.

“Our estimates therefore suggest that the population mental health burden from police killings among black Americans is nearly as large as the mental health burden associated with diabetes,” Lancet wrote.

“Violent encounters with the police have profound effects on health, neighborhoods, life changes and politics. Policing plays a key role in maintaining structural inequalities between people of color and white people in the United States,” the study reported. “Our results show that people of color face a higher likelihood of being killed by police than do White men and women, that risk peaks in young adulthood, and that young men of color face a nontrivial lifetime risk of being killed by the police.”

PNAS researchers from Rutgers University, Washington University and the University of Michigan estimated the risk of being killed by race and sex using data from 2013 to 2018.

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