Hi James, you asked:

where are statistics from the Bureau of justice? Strange no one making the racism arguments uses them. I wonder why.

Fair question, glad you asked.

In Tennessee v. Garner (1985), the Supreme Court held that police use of deadly force against unarmed and non-dangerous suspects is in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

In response to this later, (1994), the ‘Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act’ was established, where Congress mandated that the Attorney General collect data and publish an annual report from that data — specifically, on “the use of excessive/deadly force by police” (Section 210402).

Unfortunately, it never really came to fruition, and eventually, due to lack of participation from state & local agencies, the Bureau of Justice Statistics stopped keeping count of this data (use of excessive/deadly force by police) in March, 2014.

Therefore, no official government national database exists to track this information. Which is why several non-partisan, non-governmental entities have led the efforts in creating comprehensive databases which track deadly police shootings in the United States.

The bottom line remains: Police killings are one of the leading causes of death for young men of color in the United States. (Source for that fact: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) — the official scientific journal of the National Academy of Sciences; published since 1915, the PNAS has been the 2nd most cited journal across all fields of science.

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