Trump says “more white people” are killed by law enforcement when asked about George Floyd

by Peter Heck · Jul 15th, 2020 11:12 am

Last Updated Jul 16th, 2020 at 6:59 am

In a tense exchange with CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge, President Trump said that "more white people" are being killed by law enforcement than black people.

The president's statement is numerically accurate, although black people were roughly a quarter of those killed by law enforcement in 2019, despite being only about 13% of the population.

When crime rate is factored in, however, the rate of black people killed by law enforcement is actually lower than the numbers would predict. For instance, in 2018, black Americans constituted more than half of all homicide offenders and committed nearly 60% of all robberies.

Given that police shootings are a function of how often officers confront armed suspects, the fact that blacks make up only 25% of fatal encounters is lower than expected.


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