Fact Sheet on Police Murders of Black people

Bay Area Solidarity Action Team

Every 28 hours, a black person is killed by law enforcement, security guards or vigilantes, according to a report from the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.1

In the month after Garner’s death, police across America killed 59 more people.

“While African-Americans constitute 13.1% of the nation’s population, they make up nearly 40% of the prison population.2 Even though African-Americans use or sell drugs about the same rate as whites, they are 2.8 to 5.5 times more likely to be arrested 3 for drugs than whites. Black offenders also receive 4 longer sentences compared to whites. Most offenders are in prison for nonviolent drug offenses” (as cited by Adam Hudson, AlterNet).5

In Oakland, Black people are 28% of the total population but comprise 62% of those stopped by the Oakland Police Department during an eight-month period last year.6

Of 78 confirmed killings by the Oakland Police Department, California…

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