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Black Chicago Residents Are 10 Times More Likely To Be Shot By Police Than White Residents

By Mason Atkins

"Black Chicago Residents Are 10 Times More Likely To Be Shot By Police Than White Residents"


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Black Chicago residents are ten times more likely to be shot during an interaction with a police officer than white residents, according to an analysis by the Chicago Reporter. Although African Americans make up less than a third of Chicago’s population, according to 2010 Census data, over two-thirds of police shootings in 2013 involved black Chicago residents.

One possible explanation for this disparity are aggressive police tactics targeting certain communities. According to Craig Futterman of the University of Chicago’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, “[i]n black and Latino, lower-income neighborhoods you will see police officers who are instructed to stop and frisk and aggressively search every day.” These searches, Futterman believes, create “opportunities for conflict” between police and Chicago residents that can escalate into dangerous confrontations.

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