A new study reveals that Black people have the highest risk of being injured by California police officers, according to The Modesto Bee.
The Journal of the American Medical Association produced a paper on Friday finding that government databases that monitored deaths caused by cops “all have significant and well-known methodological problems,” which prompted the study.
Researchers examined over 92,000 “legal intervention injuries” in California against males 14 to 64 years old between Jan. 1, 2005 to Sept. 30, 2015, per the Bee.
According to the study, “legal intervention injuries” is defined as “injuries inflicted by the police or other law-enforcing agents in the course of suppressing disturbances, maintaining order, arresting or attempting to arrest offenders or other legal action.”
Nearly 32 percent of the injuries were made against men between 25 to 34, despite their making up 21 percent of the population. Black men make up 7 percent of the population, per the study, but made up almost 19 percent of total injuries.
“Our findings suggest disparities in the rate of injury from legal intervention for different racial groups but do not identify the cause,” according to the study.
“Black individuals have much higher rates of injury per population than other groups, contributing to concerns about racial disparities in the police use of force,” the report found. “Our results indicate that much of the difference can be attributed to higher arrest rates for black individuals and therefore greater exposure to legal intervention.”
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