Monday, April 23, 2012

Cop killing by race, gender

There are commonly held feelings ranging from mistrust to downright hatred of the police shared by many in the black community. The police, for their part, tend to spend a disproportionate (inordinate?) amount of time dealing with blacks because they're the ones who engage in a disproportionate amount of criminal activity. Cats go where the mice play.

Criminals are a formidable breed of mouse, though, and sometimes they kill the cats who are after them. The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) tracks the racial and sexual characteristics of perpetrators who feloniously killed law enforcement officers from 2001 through the end of 2010.

I wondered how much more (or less--I always keep an open mind!) likely blacks are to murder cops and other agents than whites are. Unfortunately, for reasons probably attributable to intentional obfuscation for anti-racist purposes, Hispanics are not broken out separately and consequently the vast majority of them are grouped in with whites, causing the white baseline to be more murderous than the non-Hispanic white baseline would be if it was identifiable. Curiously, when it comes to hate crime victimization (but not perpetration), data on Hispanics are tracked, however. But I digress.

Anyway, the proceeding table shows the rates of cop killing for non-whites relative to the white rate. In other words, a rate of 100% indicates cop killing that is exactly equal to the white rate; anything less than 100% indicates a lower rate of cop killing relative to whites and anything above it indicates a higher rate:

American Indian173%

The cop killing gender gap dwarfs the cop killing racial gap, though. Men are 4,957% more likely than women are to murder law enforcement agents.


Jokah Macpherson said...

It looks like the numbers for cop killing closely align with those for killing in general. Doesn't the ratio of murders perpetrated by blacks to those perpetrated by whites, adjusted for population, tend to hover around 6 to 1?

pat said...

Funny you should mention cats and mice.

I recently launched a blog on homosexuality. Maybe I'm wrong - hell maybe I'm crazy - but I propose that homosexuality is cause by toxoplasma gondii - the parasite of cats and mice.

This parasite works by making mice brave. When the mice eat the cat droppings the parasite modifies their brains such that they no longer fear cats. The cats of course eat them, excrete them, and the cycle continues.

This parasite is quite common in humans too. In us it also makes us brave such that we drive badly. It is known to effect the amygdala and possibly the hypothalamus where sexual orientation is determined. Brazil has the highest infection rate for toxoplasma and the highest rate of gays.

This is a little off topic and controversial. It can be surprising and disturbing to some people whereas every knows and accepts that blacks murder cops.

Anonymous said...

"Brazil has the highest infection rate for toxoplasma and the highest rate of gays."

Okay, well this seems pretty testable.

What percent of gays (or their mothers) are infected? Because if gay Brazilians (and/or their mothers) show a lower infection rate, then...

Audacious Epigone said...


Yes, it's pretty similar. The predictable stuff is rarely exciting, I know, I know.


Hah, making murder rates of police by race seem mundane and non-controversial--well done! Of course, it really is mundane and not factually controversial in any serious way, but still... Do you have a link, btw? Don't see it in your blogger profile.

pat said...

I didn't mean to hijack this thread. Sorry.

The link is:

Gay Tolerance - Gay Infection Theory

I picked an innocuous name so as to avoid all the death threats but that was a mistake. The blog is almost impossible to find.

rjp said...

AE & Jokah,

We need to know the total number of police officers and the the break down by race before we can come to any conclusion.

My guess would be that nationwide blacks are under represented, but in some communities might be over represented.

I also wonder if some blacks might look upon black cops as traitors.

Audacious Epigone said...


The GSS shows the following racial composition for patrol officers for the 2000-2010 period (I didn't include constables, PIs, commissioners, etc):

White (non-Hispanic) -- 74.0%
Black (non-Hispanic) -- 14.0%
Native American -- 2.8%
Asian -- 3.0%
Hispanic -- 6.2%

That's fairly close to our national demographic profile, with the exception of Hispanics being underrepresented.

DavidInSydney said...

FYI, the total number of Police killed over 10 years (2001 to 2010) was 587. I'm shocked.

andy said...

I know this is an old thread, but I'm wondering where the data came from. FBI statistics on racial breakdown of cop killers don't come anywhere near what's asserted here.