The recent reports of deaths from police officer shootings have brought the simple but not-often-discussed statistical concepts of rate and burden to national attention. The rate or relative proportion of police shootings resulting in deaths of unarmed black individuals is approximately 5 times higher than the rate among unarmed white individuals. But the absolute number of such deaths among white vs black individuals is approximately the same because the size of the white population in the United States is much greater.1
Kindig D. Population Health Equity: Rate and Burden, Race and Class. JAMA. 2017;317(5):467–468. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19435
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