Relative to the murder threat posed by people of different races, are police more likely to kill African Americans than people of other races?
Roughly 14,000 murders take place in the U.S. every year. African Americans represent at least 54% of murder offenders, 14% of the U.S. population, and roughly 33% of the people killed by police. Police are legally prohibited from using deadly force unless "the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others." Over the past decade, 65 officers were charged in fatal shootings, and 11 were convicted.