Study finds Black children 6 times more likely to be shot to death by police

A 16-year long study in the journal Pediatrics finds “marked racial and ethnic differences” when comparing the death rates of youth shot and killed by police. Black youth are six times more likely to be shot and killed and Hispanic youth, three times more likely to be shot and killed than white youth.


Members of the Black community have long felt that has been the case and the data backs them up. Additionally, the authors of the study note that this number is artificially low because it does not account for the children who died before reaching the hospital or those who were hospitalized but did not die. The study also adds to a growing body of research on disparities children of color face.

These disparites include:

This data, this year’s protests against racial injustice and Utah’s new Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will undoubtedly inform legislation on Utah’s Capitol Hill this coming legislative session. If you want to weigh in on this important issue, please contact your legislators and let them know where you stand.