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First Step to Fewer Police Shootings? Fewer Interactions

For starters, stop profiling in traffic stops. That would reduce the odds of encounters that spiral out of control.

A dangerous moment.

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There has been a media uproar over a new paper by Harvard economist Roland Fryer. In the study, Fryer looked at a number of data sets to assess racial bias in police use of violence. That’s a natural topic to study, given the continuing trickle of videos of black people killed by police, and the backlash it seems to have produce, based on the lethal attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The total number of Americans killed by police isn't in any official database, but the organization Mapping Police Violence has come up with some startlingly high numbers:

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