Black men nearly 3 times as likely to die from police use of force, study says

(CNN)Gregory Gunn. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher. Those are just a few of the names of black men who were killed in high-profile police shootings in 2016.

Now, as the year comes to an end, a new study reveals disturbing data on how much of a racial disparity there may be in police use of force, or as researchers call it, “legal intervention.” Read more here.

Policing in black & white

“Do you believe police are implicitly biased against black people?” When NBC newsman Lester Holt asked Hillary Clinton this question in the first presidential debate, it was a sure sign the science of implicit bias had jumped from the psychology journals into the public consciousness—and that racial bias in law enforcement has entered the national dialogue. Read more here.

Austin Police Consider Community Reforms

Close observers of local police data won’t be surprised by the findings of the brief published last month by the Center for Policing Equity titled “The Science of Policing Equity: Measuring Fairness in the Austin Police Department.” Most of the findings already appeared in March’s annual report published by the Office of the Police Monitor, and in OPM reports published in the few years before that. In sum, according to data provided by APD, officers in 2015 pulled over, searched the cars of, or arrested black drivers at a rate disproportionate to that race’s demographical representation within the city. And in 2014, officers applied use of force (or its departmental classification, response to resistance) on black residents at a higher rate than they did other races. Read more here.

ADVANCING DIVERSITY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendation states:

“Recommendation: Law enforcement agencies should strive to create a workforce that contains a broad range of diversity including race, gender, language, life experience, and cultural background to improve understanding and effectiveness in dealing with all communities. During these trying times when African American communities and law enforcement are grappling with a deep disconnect due to a lack of trust, communication, and implicit bias, the National Urban League welcomes every effective tool available to heal our communities.” Read more here.

Op-Ed: Community safety means more than guns, badges and crime

Today’s conversation on community safety is intensely focused on race relations and the police. Are officers’ practices discriminatory, their decisions biased, their use of force justified?

These are urgent issues. However, reducing police shootings alone will not make for safer neighborhoods in Los Angeles or anywhere else. For that, we need a new way of thinking about what community safety truly means. Read more here.

Vic Mensa: “There’s no possible way that every one of these shooters was innocent”

Police killings of black people have left many outraged over what appears to be a pattern of racially discriminatory violence. It’s a complicated issue, and it’s important to understand the facts and the human consequences. According to the Center for Policing Equity, police use force against black Americans at a rate 3.6 times higher than that of white Americans, and 2.5 times higher than the overall rate for all Americans. Read more here.