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National Bureau of Economic Research: ‘No Racial Differences’ in Officer-Involved Shootings

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National Bureau of Economic Research: ‘No Racial Differences’ in Officer-Involved Shootings

Study by Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Roland Fryer Jr.

NBER Member and Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Roland Fryer Jr.

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) just released a study showing “no racial differences” in officer-involved shootings (OIS).

NBER did find differences in the application for non-lethal force but made clear that neither the “raw data” nor an expanded view–when “contextual factors are taken into account”–demonstrate “racial differences” in an officer’s use of lethal force.

NBER used the following police departments to gather their information: Boston, Camden, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and six Florida counties. They then looked at everything from brand of sidearm that police in those departments carry–i.e., Glock, Smith & Wesson, etc.–to the round they carry–i.e., 9mm, .40 S&W, etc.–to the location of the sidearm versus the location of less-than-lethal force. In other words, which is closer to the dominant hand–the sidearm or the taser?

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