Academic studies and a 2018 Washington Post project show that arrests for these crimes are the least likely to happen in the pockets of US cities – such as Oakland, Baltimore and Indianapolis – where Black residents are most often killed.
Homicides of young Black and Latino men are the most likely to be left unsolved, said David Bjerk, the Russell Bock professor of Public Economics at Claremont McKenna College in California, while “other demographics have not seen the same or as notable declines”.
The American homicide rate is concentrated in those groups too. The white homicide rate – despite all those guns – is 2.2 per 100,000 (all Canada is 1.8). The black one 15.5 per 100,000 (Congo is 20). And yes, more than 90% of black homicides are – where the perpetrator is known of course – not by whites.
Maybe not policing the ghettos is not the right answer?