Given the 24 hour news cycle world within which we live thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (and on and on and on!), police shootings and deaths in police custody are gaining national attention. Over the last few years, the use video technology has exploded and police officer conduct has become a hot topic of discussion across the country, even in presidential campaigns.
Los Angeles Police Commissioner – Steve Soboroff Venice Town Hall – Brendon Glenn Police Shooting
Here are 8 interesting statistics of Officer Involved Killings in Los Angeles County:
(Statistics are based on homicide data gathered by the L.A. Times, since Jan. 1, 2000)
1. The youngest person killed by a police officer in L.A. County since Jan. 1, 2000 was 13 years old, a Black male. (Devon Brown, 13, Feb. 6, 2005).
2. Black males have a 30-year age window where they are the most at risk of being killed by police in Los Angeles County (See below). Police in Los Angeles County are more likely to kill Black males that are between the ages of 18-49.The risk of being killed by the police starts to significantly decline after 50 years of age.
Age Groups: Black Males Killed By Officers (Since Jan. 1, 2000)
- 12-17: 7 Deaths
- 18-24: 50 Deaths
- 25-34: 47 Deaths
- 35-49: 41 Deaths
- 50-64: 16 Deaths
3. Police in Los Angeles County are more likely to kill Latino males that are between the ages of 18-34.
Age Groups: Latino Males Killed By Officers (Since Jan. 1, 2000)
- 12-17: 9 Deaths
- 18-24: 110 Deaths
- 25-34: 117 Deaths
- 35-49: 70 Death
- 50-64: 10 Death
4. In 2015, police in Los Angeles County have killed 31 people total. 29 have been males. 18 have been Latino males, 6 have been White males, and 4 have been Black males.
5. Only 5 White females have been killed by police in L.A. County since Jan. 1, 2000. Only 1 Asian female has been killed by police in L.A. County since Jan. 1, 2000.
6. 11 Latino females have been killed by police in L.A. County since Jan. 1, 2000. 6 Black females have been killed by police in L.A. Countysince Jan. 1, 2000.
7. There have been 648 officer involved homicides since Jan. 1, 2000 in Los Angeles County. 329 were Latino (50.7%), 171 were Black (26.3%), 125 were White (19.2%), & 18 were Asian (2.7%).
According to 2005-2009 American Community Survey, the racial/ethnic/cultural composition of Los Angeles is:
- Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 47.5%
- White: 41.3% (Non-Hispanic Whites: 29.4%)
- Asian: 10.7%
- Black or African American: 9.8%
- Two or more races: 2.8%
- Native American: 0.5%
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.2%
- Other: 25.2%
8. The last 4 police officer killings in Los Angeles County have resulted in Latino deaths. (9/27/15, 9/16/15, 9/15/15, 9/10/11).
When you look at the facts, there are some conclusions you can pull out of the data. Blacks make up only approximately 10% of the Los Angeles County population, but make up 26% of the people killed by police officers since Jan. 1, 2000. In 2015, to date, that number has declined to slightly above 10%.
Hispanic/Latinos are accounting for the greatest number of police killings since Jan. 1, 2000, in L.A. County. In contrast, Asians are the least likely to be killed by police officers in Los Angeles County.