Published On: Tue, Jul 12th, 2016

‘The most surprising result of my career’: A Harvard economist found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings

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A new study yielded some unexpected results about racial bias in police shootings.

While black people are more likely than white people to be touched, handcuffed, thrown against a wall, pushed to the ground, and have weapons pointed at them by the police, the study found no evidence of racial bias in situations where police fire their guns at civilians.

“It is the most surprising result of my career, ” Roland G. Freyer Jr., the Harvard economist who authored the study, told The New York Times.

 

 

Freyer and a group of students spent over 3, 000 hours sifting through police data from 10 major police departments in three states: Texas, Florida, and California.

They examined 1, 332 shootings between 2000 and 2015…

 

Read the full story at Business Insider, by Caroline Simon

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