Are Police Racists? Pt. 2

For this next set, it will include counties that in a three year period shot both White and Black people, but only shot 1 black person in a county population of over 5000 in black demographic.  That is to say, that if the black population exceeds 5000 in a county, it was included in this list, not the total population of the county.  The number on the side reflects how many white people were killed.

Alabama- Tuscaloosa (2)

California- Sacramento (5), Ventura (5), and Fresno (4)

Colorado- Denver (3) and Adams (2)

Connecticut- New London (1)

Florida- Pinellas (9), Volusia (6), Lee (3), Manatee (3), Pasco (3), Lake (2)

Georgia- Bartow (3), Clayton (1), Henry (1) and Richmond (1)

Kansas- Sedgwick (5) and Shawnee (1)

Kentucky- Hardin (1)

Lousiana- Bossier (2), Rapides (1), Iberia (1), and Terrebonne (1)

Missouri- Boone (1)

Minnesota- Anoka (2)

Mississippi- Desoto (2), Lauderdale (1), Lee (1)

Maryland- Hartford (2) and Cecil (1)

New York- Duchess (2)

Nevada- Washoe (5)

North Carolina- Anson (1), Buncombe (1), Craven (1), Edgecomb (1), Gaston (1), Halifax (1), and Pitt  (1)

Oklahoma- Cleveland (2)

Pennsylvania- Lancaster (3), York (2), and Erie (1)

Rhode Island- Providence (1)

Tennessee- Gibson (1), Hamilton (1), Madison (1)

Texas- Travis (11), El Paso (2), Brazoria (2), Tom Green (2), Jefferson (1), Kaufman (1), and Midland (1)

Utah- Salt Lake (7) and Utah (2)

West Virginia- Raleigh (2)

One person in over 5,000 during the course of 3 years really isn’t significant.  You can’t use that to determine whether or not the police are targeting a certain race.  Therefore the above counties are in the clear.  You can rest assured that as long as you’re not doing anything astronomically stupid, the police in general are not targeting you.  What about 1 in 1,000-5,000?  The numbers reflected, again, are how many white people had a fatal encounter, but these are the counties which one black person was killed in a black county-population of 1,000-5,000.

Colorado- Mesa (2)
Missouri- Butler (1)
Oklahoma- Carter (2)
Tennessee- Sullivan (3)
Texas- Chambers (1)
West Virginia- Mercer (1)

Not really.  Especially when the counties are not quite making a habit of killing anyone (2 fatal encounters total in a three year period) or they “are” and it seems that they target whites more often than blacks (one fatal encounter per year).  Then there’s the number under 1,000.  Here’s the counties where only one black person had a fatal encounter with police under 1,000.  Like the previous two, the number on the side is how many white people were killed in comparison, and at least 1 white.

Washington- Chelan (1)

Eh, you might have something to worry about in this county.  But in a three year course, if only one had a fatal encounter, the racist factor probably isn’t a thing anymore.  In this particular case it was a medical emergency.  The summary for Jason Nalls reads as follows:

“Nalls called 911 reporting a shot fired in his home. He locked himself in his bathroom when deputies arrived. Nalls ran from his home and a deputy found him walking in the neighborhood. Nalls got in the deputies car and drove off, dragging the deputy about two blocks. He drove into a tree and was tasered to be subdued. He was handcuffed and reported that he couldn’t breathe. He died on scene.” ( )

Here’s a note: if you go and do this research, you’ll find that there’s a Black/African American listing in Fatal Encounters for Atacosa County, Texas.  He’s actually Latino, I cross referenced it with Killed by Police after finding his picture to be very white looking (not that black people can’t look white, they totally can, I’ve known a couple, but I wanted to make sure before I put it in here).

Next phase- Counties where only 1 black person had a fatal encounter, where the population between white and black people are within 1,000 of each other, or the black population is in the majority.

Alabama- Barbour, Conechuh, Morengo
Arkansas- Jefferson
Florida- Gadson
Georgia- Bulloch
Mississippi- Adams, Bolivar, Holmes
New York- Bronx
South Carolina- Williamsburg
Virginia- Greensville

Alright, we are twiddling down the counties where black people have been killed.  Believe it or not, we’ve even eliminated entire states at this point.  The above list basically puts it that the number of black people killed in those counties isn’t significant at all.  There was either a roughly 50 percent chance or higher that the one person with a fatal encounter with the police could have been black- out of a three year period.  Let’s keep going.

Next list, one black person killed in a county population of black people over 10,000.

Alabama- Elmore, Lee, Russell, and Tallapoosa
Arizona- Pima
Arkansas- Mississippi and Union
California- Stanislaus
Delaware- Sussex
Florida- Flager
Georgia- Douglas, Newton, Houston, Lowndes, Clarke, Carroll, Floyd, and Ware
Illinois- Rock Island and Champaign
Lousiana- Tangipahoa
Massachussetts- Suffolk
Michigan- Ingham and Washtenaw
Mississippi- Jackson and Lowndes
Maryland- Charles, Montgomery and Washington
New Jersey- Camden, Passaic, and Union
New York- Nassau, Orange, and Rensselaer
North Carolina- Cabarrus, Hoke, Lee, Robeson and Rowan
South Carolina- Edgefield
Texas- Galveston and Harrison
Virginia- Chesapeake City, Chesterfield, Halifax and Newport News City
Washington- Thurston
Wisconsin- Rock and Dane

Even though some of these counties (or equivalent) had over a 100,000 white people on the black population, after 10,000 one in a 3 year period is not truly a pattern and therefore cannot be used as an example of police targeting black people specifically.  Thus, these counties(or equivalent) are in the clear.

We’re going to keep going.  The next list is one black person’s fatal encounter if the population of black and white adds up to 25,000 or less, with the black population being at least 2,000.

Alabama- Bibb and Fayette
Georgia- Taylor
Mississippi- Neshoba and Yalobusha
Texas- Shelby, Robertson and Shelby

One in three years over 2000 with a minimum of 25000 between the two populations really doesn’t create a pattern either.  So we can safely say that these two sets aren’t significant.  We’re going to leave all the other counties which have 1 fatal encounter alone for now and move on to 2.  The following counties have 2 fatal encounters in the population, but represent the county has a majority of black population.  The number on the side represents how many white people had a fatal encounter.  If there is none, it means the number is 0 white.

Georgia- Muskogee (1)
Lousiana- St. John Baptist
New Jersey- Essex
Virginia- Portsmouth City and Richmond City

These counties clearly have no significant statistical value, there was a greater chance of being targeted than white people.  But three or more?  Yeah, that might be something. So now we’re going to look at the county ratios.

So St. George’s Maryland had no white people in fatal encounters, and 4 blacks were.  That might seem significant, until you realize that not only are black people in the majority, but even with a ratio of 4:585,847 (or 1:146,462) it still doesn’t equal what it would have been if only 1 white person had been in a fatal encounter.  The number of white people in the county is 140,422 in the 2010 census.  So we can take St. Georges, Maryland out of the list of racist counties.

The real work begins in Part 3.  Hope you’ll stick around.


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