Written by Negus Vu
There were 5,375 black deaths from murders last year according to The Justice Department. Only 46% of the homicides were recorded with offenders (2,491), 90% of the recorded data were black offenders. The rest of the 54% murders have unknown offenders.
The Justice Department statistics on justifiable homicides have been completely inaccurate for decades. Justice Department records all data of crime via its program called the Uniform Crime Report Progam (UCRP) created in 1929 assigned in charge were the FEDS. Last year 461 justifiable police killings were recorded last year by the Justice Department. That number is base off only justifiable homicides not inclusive of unjustifiable homicides. Which is still incomplete because since reporting police killings is volunteer and not mandated, police agency rarely submit information on police killings. United States has 17,975 police agency in the U.S only 780 participates in the UCR program in submitting data on police killings, that’s only 4% of the nation’s agencies. Part of the non particpating 96% is New York who ranks (1st) in the highest density of African Americans has not submitted data on police killings since 2007, Florida (2nd) has not submitted since 1997 and Illinois (4th) submits incomplete data.
Independent organizations like ProPublica have recorded over 1,700 police killings alone since May of 2013. Most of those victims are not being reported by the local authority to the Justice Department, which means, those victims still go into the homicide report, but maybe as offender unknown. Consider if we were giving even half of the information on police killings, would there then be a different discussion on prioritizing our focus on black on black crime over police killings on black people?