Media caught using misleading stats to exaggerate police brutality

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The Washington Post has published a lengthy year-end report on fatal police shootings in the U.S. that hints at possible police bias in the form of disproportionate killing of unarmed black men. Deceptive statistics that nakedly push a narrative substantially taint the report’s objectivity, and call into question its conclusions.

Early in the article is the following sentence:

Although black men make up only 6 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 40 percent of the unarmed men shot to death by police this year, The Post’s database shows.

The Post’s wording suggests black men are being killed at over seven times the expected rate.

In fact, since black men make up about 13% of men, and those killed by police are almost exclusively men, black men are killed by police at just under 3.5 times the expected rate.

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