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Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data

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dc.contributor.author Langley, Marty
dc.contributor.author Sugarmann, Josh
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-13T20:45:47Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-13T20:45:47Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Langley, Marty; Sugarmann, Josh. (2017). Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data. Violence Policy Center, 14 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.vpc.org/studies/blackhomicide17.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/175
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract The annual study, Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data, ranks the states according to their black homicide victimization rates. It is based on unpublished data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) [which does not include data from Florida and Alabama and some data from Illinois]. The study details homicide rates for 2014, the most recent year for which comprehensive national data is available, and includes rankings of ten states with highest rates of black homicide victimization. This is the eleventh year the Violence Policy Center has released the study. For the entire United States, the study finds that in 2014: There were 6,095 black homicide victims in the United States that year. Blacks represent 13 percent of the U.S. population yet account for 50 percent of all homicide victims. The black homicide victimization rate in the United States was 16.38 per 100,000. In comparison, the overall national homicide victimization rate was 4.19 per 100,000. For whites, the national homicide victimization rate was 2.52 per 100,000. Of the 6,095 black homicide victims, 5,263 were male and 829 were female. The homicide victimization rate for black male victims was 29.54 per 100,000. The homicide victimization rate for female black victims was 4.28 per 100,000. For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 83 percent of black victims (4,800 out of 5,773) were shot and killed with guns. For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 72 percent of black victims (1,966 out of 2,746) were killed by someone they knew. The FBI data includes incidents reported as justifiable homicides of black victims killed by law enforcement. Nationwide, there were 115 such incidents reported in 2014. The data does not specifically identify killings by police that are not ruled justifiable. In December 2015, the FBI announced that it would dramatically expand its data collection on violent police encounters by 2017. In October 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice outlined a plan to improve the collection of law enforcement use of force data. (Violence Policy Center Press Release) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Violence Policy Center en_US
dc.subject Murder en_US
dc.subject Manslaughter en_US
dc.subject Firearm Violence en_US
dc.subject Shooting en_US
dc.subject People of Color en_US
dc.subject African American en_US
dc.subject Men of Color en_US
dc.subject Women of Color en_US
dc.subject Victim to Offender Relationship en_US
dc.subject Data Analysis en_US
dc.subject African-American
dc.title Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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