Hiring police saves black lives.

That’s the finding of a study by criminologists at several universities:

“Although the total reduction in homicide is roughly equal across Black and white victims, the decline in homicide is twice as large for Black victims in per capita terms,” the team said. Researchers on the project include Professor Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon, Emily Weisburst of UCLA and Aaron Chalfin at the University of Pennsylvania.

On average, across the 242 cities studied, one black resident’s life is saved for every 10 to 17 newly hired police officers.

This means, one, defunding the police is a reckless and counterproductive for activists concerned about minorities.  It also means, two, that the total number of police killings of black Americans, whether excusable or inexcusable, is dramatically overbalanced on the positive side of the ledger.

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