Police Brutality By State
Herlinda Castagnoli USC Gould School of Law, 1L/Rising 2L
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The recent events in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prove what many Black Americans have long known.
Some law enforcement officers physically harm them at higher rates than officers hurt White Americans.
The United States has a long history of police violence against Black people, especially when it comes to officers who shoot and kill Black Americans.
On average, 1000 people die in the U.S. every year due to police shootings.
A disproportionate number of Black people are killed by police when compared to any other demographic. Overall, Black people are 2.5 times more likely than white people to be killed by police.
Mapping Police Violence is an organization that tracks the rate of police killings by state. Their statistics include such factors such as race and gender.
Their data shows that killings by police tend to occur more frequently in some places than in others. Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Chicago police departments had the highest rate of killings by police officers from January 2013 to December 2019.
There are many factors that determine where citizens die in police custody. States that have large non-white populations, and high rates of poverty, often have higher rates of police brutality.
Here is a list of all 50 states ranking them in terms of the highest rates of police brutality against Black Americans to the lowest. If you feel you have been unjustly harmed by police because of your race, contact us.
- North Carolina
- New York
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
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