Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Black Girls More Likely to Experience Police Use-Of-Force Incidents Compared to White Girls

*Black girls and teens are more likely to experience use-of-force incidents with police far more than white girls, according to a new report from the Marshall Project published Tuesday.

Here’s more from Black Enterprise:

The report, published by the Marshall Project, examined data from six large police departments and found almost 4,000 children 17 or under-experienced some form of police violence between 2015 and 2020. Of those people, about 800 or 20 percent were Black girls. Black boys, meanwhile, accounted for more than 2,200 incidents. White girls accounted for just 120 or 3% of use-of-force incidents during the same time. Adding injury to insult, many of the incidents reviewed during the investigation began as something minor such as skipping school or throwing candy.

Per the report, a YouTube search of the phrase “Cop uses excessive force on Black girl” yields numerous videos of incidents in New Jersey,  San Francisco, North Carolina, and Atlanta—all within the last year.

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As reported by the JAMA Network: Further, police violence against youth is patterned by experiences of structural marginalization, with racially minoritized youth disproportionately targeted and harmed by policing practices.

The report goes on to note:

While youth are generally less likely than adults to be injured by policing practices, our findings note the protections of childhood are not afforded to all children. Black youth in California experience a substantially greater burden of injuries perpetrated by law enforcement than youth of other races and ethnicities. This is consistent with evidence that police violence is a pathway through which structural racism operates in young people’s lives, primarily impacting racially minoritized youth and contributing to health inequities

Per The Hill:

The investigation examined data from six large police departments and found that almost 4,000 children under the age of 17 from that data set experienced some form of police violence between 2015 and 2020. Of those people, about 800, or about 20 percent, were Black girls, compared to just 120, or roughly 3 percent, for white girls. Black boys accounted for more than 2,200 of the incidents. 

Read the full report from the Marshall Project here.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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