Goodson’s murder reflects ‘disturbing statistics’ on black men and the police

Franklin County Deputy Sheriff Jason Meade was working on a US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force to hunt down violent suspects on December 4, 2020.

Meade, a 17 year veteran, pursued a suspect who he said was driving with a gun. A few minutes later, Mead shot the suspect several times.

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The problem is, the victim, Casey Goodson Jr., was not the dangerous suspect Meade was chasing.

Goodson, a 23-year-old black man, was found dead in the doorway of his house with keys still in the lock and Subway sandwiches for his brother and grandmother. Goodson’s grandmother said he had just returned home.

Goodson, a licensed concealed port permit holder, was armed at the time of the shooting. However, he was not being investigated for any crime and had no criminal record.

Meade said Goodson was wielding a gun before being shot. But community members say the Meade shooting was unjustified, and Goodson relatively clean file supports the assertion.

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This appears to be the position of the grand jury in Columbus. December 2, almost a year after the murder, Meade was indicted for two counts of murder and one charge of reckless homicide.

Goodson’s murder is among many that add to the disturbing statistics on police and race murders in America.

The whites are more than three times less likely be killed by cops than blacks, according to a study conducted between 2013 and 2017 with metropolitan police services.

Even more troubling, the racial statistics are worse when you take into account that someone was unarmed – like Daunte wright was when he was killed in Minnesota by former Brooklyn Center cop Kim Potter.

A Minnesota jury found Potter guilty of first and second degree manslaughter on December 23. According to her, the incident happened because she mistakenly fired her gun rather than her Taser.

Rashawn Ray is the Rubenstein Fellow, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Recent murders by officers, as well as murder charges (like Meade’s) and convictions (such as the conviction of Potter and Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd) can give the impression that officers are often held accountable. responsible for wrongful killings.

Potter faced first and second degree manslaughter charges in the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man.

Potter faced first and second degree manslaughter charges in the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man.

Corn less than 2% of agents are charged with murder despite the around 1,000 people killed in police shootings on average each year.

Every week a policeman an officer kills someone during a traffic stop who does not have a weapon and is not being investigated for a violent crime.

Among black men like Goodson, Wright, and Floyd, the statistics are even more dire. About “1 in 1,000 (black) men can expect to be killed by police,” according to a 2019 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

And the risk of police violence peaks for people in twenties and early thirties. For black men, the window of risk is even greater, starting in their teens and extending into their forties. Floyd was 46.

Some people often try to justify police murders by pointing to violent crime.

The problem is, research shows they seem to operate on a different continuum. In addition, they are much less related than you might think. Analysis by Mapping police violence documents that cities with the highest levels of police violence are often not the same cities with the highest level of violent crime. Therefore, it is important to separate police violence from violent crime and realize that these are two distinct social issues that must be addressed.

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However, police killings have an impact on local communities.

Research shows aggressive policing leads to worse mental and physical health outcomes for people living in crowded communities. Police use of force is also more likely to occur left demonstrations than right-wing protests.

Local residents also pay for police violence with their tax dollars. Over a four-year period starting in 2015, the nation’s largest police departments paid more than $ 2 billion for misconduct and other violations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

So what explains police violence and racial disparities in the use of force?

Research shows that explicit and implicit racial prejudices as well as a over-reliance on a “warrior state of mind” and use of force tactics explain police violence. Law enforcement recruits receive over 50 hours of firearms training against less than 10 hours of de-escalation training. Recent technological advances, such as a training program created by Jigsaw – virtual reality collaboration among the University of Maryland, the University of Cincinnati, Georgetown and Morehouse – offer officers the opportunity to train in safe environments.

Using advanced technology can begin to help officers become more objective in their decision-making and use more communication to defuse.

Rashawn ray is a senior fellow at The Brooking Institution and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland. He worked on the Jigsaw project. Follow him on Twitter. @SociologistRay

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Why are unarmed black men the most likely to be killed by police?