How many Unarmed Black men were Killed by the Police in 2019?

The Claim: In a study done by Skeptic Magazine, subjects were asked how many black men were killed by the police in 2019. 53.58% of those who identify as “very liberal” estimated that the number was either 1,000 or more. 38.79% of those who identify as “liberal” estimated the number of unarmed black men killed was about 100.

According to the Washington Post, the number of black men shot and killed by the police in 2019 was 245. The number of unarmed black men shot and killed was 11. The number of killed unarmed black men who were not fleeing a scene was 4.

The Political orientation that was closest to the correct response was conservative. 46.39% of those who identify as “conservative” estimated the number was about 10 (the correct number being 11). 45.99% of those who identify as “very conservative” estimated the number was about 10 as well.

Regarding views of police interaction with black suspects, there is a huge disparity between democrats and republicans. 85% of those who are “very liberal” think the number of killings is significantly higher than the actual number. Democrats were overwhelmingly over-exaggerating the number of black unarmed men killed by the police.

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