That would be because it is more pervasive. Blacks in particular are over-represented in the criminal justice system in the US due to over-policing and racial profiling. So why do you think the rate of deaths by police officers would be similar to whites who are killed by white police officers? From incomplete data, in that without all of the available figures and with just what they could gather from Government sources from the few police departments who did report such killings: The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police. One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica's analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week. ProPublica's risk analysis on young males killed by police certainly seems to support what has been an article of faith in the African American community for decades: Blacks are being killed at disturbing rates when set against the rest of the American population. Our examination involved detailed accounts of more than 12,000 police homicides stretching from 1980 to 2012 contained in the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Report. The data, annually self-reported by hundreds of police departments across the country, confirms some assumptions, runs counter to others, and adds nuance to a wide range of questions about the use of deadly police force. It is a very very large disparity. And a disturbing one. And it isn't just white officers. Black police officers were also killing teenagers and young men, many of whom are unarmed (black and white). With a majority of the population in the US being white, of course white victims of police violence will also be fairly hefty and terribly so. But black people are a minority in the US and the numbers against them is over-represented. Overall, the figures are too high, regardless of race. How many more young people have to be killed by the police before police departments implement better training to try to reduce the level of aggressiveness of their officers? Give me a figure. Any figure. How many is an acceptable figure? Let's just put it into some perspective. In the past five years, more Utahns have been killed by police than by gang members. Or drug dealers. Or from child abuse. The numbers are not huge, but the problem remains the same. Through October, 45 people had been killed by law enforcement officers in Utah since 2010, accounting for 15 percent of all homicides during that period. A Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides, using media reports, state crime statistics, medical-examiner records and court records, shows that use of force by police is the second-most common circumstance under which Utahns kill each other, surpassed only by intimate partner violence. Saturday’s shooting, which occurred after an officer responded to a trespassing call, remains under investigation. Nearly all of the fatal shootings by police have been deemed by county prosecutors to be justified. Only one — the 2012 shooting of Danielle Willard by West Valley City police — was deemed unjustified, and the subsequent criminal charge was thrown out last month by a judge. Most disturbingly, police shooting of civilians are often investigated by their fellow officers and county prosecutors. Apparently conflict of interest does not enter the fray in such situations. Comforting thought, isn't it? What isn't comforting is the thought that we are becoming so used to this level of violence by law enforcement that it is just second nature and we expect that it is the norm. It shouldn't be the norm.