People rally in Dallas, Texas, on
Thursday, July 7, 2016 to protest the deaths of Alton Sterling and
Philando Castile. (AFP photo)
Americans are more likely to get arrested by police compared to white
and Asian people in the United States, new research finds.
Native Americans and Hispanics had higher stop/arrest rates per 10,000
population than white non-Hispanics and Asians,” said Ted Miller of the
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Maryland, who led the
“US police killed or injured an estimated 55,400 people in
2012,” Miller and his colleagues wrote in the journal Injury Prevention.
an average day, three people die and 150 people are treated at a
hospital because they are injured by police,” Miller told NBC News.
team pulled together statistics from wherever they could find them,
including the FBI, state police websites, hospital records, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention and two investigative series by the
Washington Post and Guardian newspapers.
Blacks make up about 13 percent of the American population, but accounted for 28 percent of arrests, the study found.
with the highest arrest rates per 10,000 population were ages 15-29
years, black, Latino or Native American,” the team wrote.
have high arrest and stop rates, and per capita [among the general
population] are much more likely than whites to die at the hands of
police,” the team found.
However, once police stopped an
individual, they were just as likely to hurt or injure whites as people
of any other race, they found.
Miller argued that crime and
poverty are interconnected and one reason police arrest blacks at a much
higher rate is because many live in low-income neighborhoods.
know that low-income neighborhoods have more crime,” Miller said. And
minorities are more likely to have low incomes. “Some disparities could
be due to income rather than race,” he said.
Statistics show that
there is a great amount of violence when police stop Americans in
general, and it’s up to police to reduce that violence, Miller noted.
and I might get stopped once in our lives. The police stop people every
day. They need to be the ones trained to de-escalate,” he said. “It’s
important for people not to make police angry, but it’s also important
for police to control their emotions.”
The study comes amid renewed scrutiny of the use of deadly police force on African-Americans.
the past month, thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of major
cities across the country to decry the deaths of Alton Sterling and
Philando Castile at the hands of police officers.
According to a
new survey, racial tensions in the US are at the highest level since the
1992 Los Angeles riots that were started after a jury acquitted four
white police officers of the use of excessive force in the videotaped
arrest and beating of African American Rodney King.