If you have been active on social media for the last week or a reader of the New York Times there is a good chance you have seen people citing a Harvard Study (it didn’t come from Harvard) that disproves racial bias in police shootings. When I read the study I found it interesting, but I was curious as to how accurate it really was. I found it improbable that the study could come to this conclusion when blacks are shot at a rate 2.5 times more than whites by the police. I was prepared to do research on this, but I was lucky in that the first words I put into Google pulled up this Snopes piece on the same topic. They beat me and did a fantastic and thorough job.
Results: The study was severely flawed because it relied solely on police accounts, which most certainly contain biased reporting. I suggest reading the Snopes article and judging for yourself. Here is the link to the Snopes article: http://www.snopes.com/2016/07/15/harvard-study-officer-involved-shootings/Click here for reuse options!
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