The death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests have once again raised questions about how police in the US treat African Americans, and how protests there are policed.
This week of turmoil in the US began with the horrific video of George Floyd, a black man, struggling to breath while being knelt on by a white police officer.
Since then hundreds of other videos and testimony have followed – detailing police violence and discrimination across America.
The figures that are available for incidents in which the police shoot and kill people show that for African-Americans, there’s a much higher chance of being fatally shot relative to their overall numbers in the US population.
In fact, in 2019, although African-Americans made up less than 14% of the population (according to official census figures), they accounted for more than 23% of the just over 1,000 fatal shootings by the police.
And that figure has been relatively consistent since 2017, whereas the number of white victims has come down since then.
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