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3 facts that explain why protesters in the USA are dissatisfied: rallies against racism began in Europe

A wave of protests and clashes swept the United States over the murder by police in Minnesota of an African American George Floyd. Edition with the BBC examined crime and justice data in the United States to get an idea of ​​the situation of African Americans when faced with law enforcement.

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1. African Americans are more likely to die at the hands of the police

As statistics show when police officers shoot and kill people, African Americans disproportionately become victims of bullets - compared to what percentage they make up in the overall US demography.

For example, in 2019, African Americans accounted for more than 23% of about a thousand cases when police officers killed a suspect. In this case, according to the official census, blacks in the United States - only less than 14% of the population.

The percentage of deaths at the hands of African-American police officers has not changed since 2017, while the number of white victims has declined.

2. African Americans are more often arrested for drugs

Compared to whites, African Americans are much more likely to be arrested for drug offenses. At the same time, the polls show that both the black and the white population use them equally.

In 2018, out of every 100 thousand African Americans, about 750 were arrested for drugs - compared with 350 arrests for every 100 thousand white Americans.

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Previous nationwide drug use surveys show that whites use drugs as often as African Americans, but the latter are much more likely to be arrested.

For example, a study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union showed that African Americans are 3,7 times more likely to be arrested for using marijuana than their white fellow citizens, although the popularity of this drug is approximately the same.

3. More African Americans Go to Jail

According to the latest data, African Americans find themselves behind bars five times more often than white Americans, and two times more often than Latinos.

In 2018, African Americans made up about 13% of the total U.S. population, but more than 30% of prisoners.

White Americans accounted for about 30% of all US prisoners, despite the fact that their share in the United States population is more than 60%.

In other words, for every 100 thousand African Americans, there are about a thousand prisoners, while among white US citizens, only about 200 people per 100 thousand inhabitants are in prison.

When counting the number of prisoners in the United States, those who are sentenced to more than one year of imprisonment in a federal prison or state penitentiary are counted.

Over the past ten years, the number of prison sentences imposed on African Americans has declined, but there are still more prisoners than members of any other race.

Protests spread to France, Germany and other countries

Protests went beyond the United States. The French publication Le Figaro writes about protests against racism in Paris, in which about 15 thousand people took part, writes with the BBC.

Near the building of one of the courts in Paris, a rally in memory of the 24-year-old black Frenchman Adam Traor, who died after being arrested in 2016.

Clashes broke out between some protesters and tear gas police. Protesters also blocked a section of the Paris Ring Road near the venue.

In recent days, protests have also taken place in the UK, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany.

As ForumDaily wrote earlier:

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