US Study: Black police officers more likely than white officers to shoot blacks, by Paul Mirengoff.
Lott and Carlisle found that white officers are significantly less likely than black officers to kill black suspects. They also found no evidence that body cameras affect either the number of police killings or the racial composition of those killings.
If the first finding is correct, it contradicts the central claim of the Black Lives Matter movement — that, as the result of widespread white racism, police officers are shooting blacks in disproportionate numbers.
There is no doubt that police officers shoot blacks much more often than one would expect if all you knew was the level of their representation in the general population. But, of course, we know much more than that.
The statistics tell us, for example, that black males commit 52 percent of all homicides and over 60 percent of all robberies. And this new study suggests the absence of racial bias by white officers when it comes to responding with lethal force to black suspects. If anything, the way black suspects respond to the police is more likely to cause a black officer to shoot than it is a white officer.