1/3 Of People Killed By Police After A Traffic Stop This Year Were Black


More than 100 people were shot and killed by police after a traffic stop this year, and 1 in 3 of them was black, making the roadside interaction one of the most common precursors to a fatal police shooting of a black person in 2015, the Washington Post reports. The shootings of blacks, whites and Hispanics were about equally likely to result from a traffic stop. Across all races, getting pulled over was the precursor to about 11 percent of fatal police shootings. Blacks accounted for a disproportionate share of ­traffic-stop deaths, a finding that experts on policing said provides new evidence that blacks are pulled over more frequently than other drivers.

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