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

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

Black men nearly 3 times as likely to die from police use of force, study says By Jacqueline Howard, CNN Updated 5:21 PM ET, Tue December 20, 2016 (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 Black men are nearly three times as likely to be killed by legal intervention than white men, according to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health on Tuesday. American Indians or Alaska Natives also are nearly three times as likely and Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely, the study suggests. “It affirms that this disparity exists,” said Dr. James Buehler, clinical professor of health management and policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who authored the study. “My study is a reminder that there are, indeed, substantial disparities in the rates of legal intervention deaths, and that ongoing attention to the underlying reasons for this disparity is warranted,” he said. Disparity disclosed in death certificates Buehler analyzed national vital statistics and census data on legal intervention-related deaths, from 2010 to 2014, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiological Research (WONDER) database system, which includes county-level death certificates. The data showed 2,285 legal intervention deaths for that time period. While the data did not provide details on the circumstances surrounding the legal intervention deaths, Buehler said that they allowed for him to take...