Targeted or not, the facts are indisputable. According to one study, young black men are 21 times more likely to be shot dead by law enforcement than young white men. In a New York Civil Liberties Union analysis of stop-and-frisk data from 2014, 55% of all people stopped by the New York Police Department were black, while just 12% were white. More than 4 in 5 people stopped were completely innocent.
According to the Guardian, U.S. police have killed 711 people so far in 2015. Of those, 184 have been black, a rate of about 4.4 per million. White and Latino people have been died during police encounters at rates of 1.73 and 1.87 per million, respectively.
In July, meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was booed off the stage at Netroots Nation when — like the officers in Trinity — he told protestors that “all lives matter.”