President Donald Trump, in an interview on Tuesday, said that the death of George Floyd was “terrible” and said that white people are also dying at the hands of police officers.
When he was asked about why black people are dying at the hands of law enforcement, Trump said, “So are white people. So are white people.”
“What a terrible question to ask. So are white people,” he told CBS News at the White House. “More white people, by the way. More white people.”
A study by Harvard researchers published in June found that the number of white people who died in police custody between 2013 and 2017 was higher than any other demographic. White people, however, constitute a larger population than black people in the United States.
Crime statistics released by the FBI and federal government for 2018 reveal that white people committed about 288,000 violent crimes in 2018, and black people committed around 187,400 violent crimes. It also found that white people committed about 5,280 murders and black people committed 6,380.
Another study from the federal National Center for Biotechnology Information said that people who died due to lethal force “were majority white (52 percent) but disproportionately black (32 percent) with a fatality rate 2.8 times higher among blacks than whites.”
“Most victims were reported to be armed (83 percent); however, black victims were more likely to be unarmed (14.8 percent) than white (9.4 percent) or Hispanic (5.8 percent) victims.
And according to a Washington Post analysis updated Monday, about half of the people killed by police are white, while some 23 percent are black. Black people account for about 13 percent of the population, while white people make up around 60 percent of the population.
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