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Are Most Killer Cops of Black Men Registered to the Democratic Party? A Princeton Study Offers Clues

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A study published by Princeton University unveiled how the intersection of race and politics plays out when it comes to America’s police.Such questions about how race affects police have been sparked since the violent police beating of Tyre Nichols by Black police officers in Memphis. The beating of Nichols, who was unarmed and stopped for a traffic violation, led to his death on Jan. 10. There have been many studies about police abuse and the Black community, and most have found that police violence against Black Americans is higher than other segments of the U.S. population.The trend of fatal police shootings in the U.S. seems only to be increasing, with a total of 1,060 civilians having been shot, 220 of whom were Black, as of December 20, 2022. In 2021, there were 1,055 fatal police shootings, and in 2020 there were 1,020 fatal shootings. The& rate of fatal police shootings& among Black Americans was much higher than that for any other ethnicity, standing at 5.9 fatal shootings per million of the population per year between 2015 and December 2022, according to Statista.& Did the race of the Memphis officers affect the use of force they inflected upon Nichols? Did the...