Published On: Thu, Jul 12th, 2012

(UPDATE) Alarming Study: Jan-June 2012, 120 Blacks in US Killed by Police, Security Guards

(UPDATE 7.18.12) We received word from authors of this study that the number of killings is higher than originally posted.  Instead of  ‘110 Blacks in US Killed by Police, Security Guards from January to June 2012,’  the updated figure is ‘120 Blacks killed in the United States Police, Security Guards from January to June 2012.’

The study authors calculate that is one killing every 36 hours, from January to June this year.

Read the UPDATED Report:

Original Story (7.12.12)

This week, the Malcolm X Grass Roots Project, a human rights advocacy organization, with chapters throughout the United States, released an unprecedented study highlighting the rash of killings of  Black people in the country by law enforcement, vigilantes and security guards, between January and June 30, 2012.  The study found that “Every 40 hours in the United States one Black woman, man or child is killed by police, and by a smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes.”

Produced by MXGM and the “No More Trayvon Martins” campaign, the report is part of a greater effort that calls on the Obama administration to intercede.  Mr. Kali Akuno, the report’s  co-author:

The Report shows how people of African descent remain subjected to institutionalized racist policies and procedures that arbitrarily stop, frisk, arrest, brutalize and even execute Black people. The killing will continue despite calls for investigations and lawsuits. We urge people to read this Report and join us in demanding that the Obama administration implement a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice to stop these killings and other human rights violations being committed by the government.

What motivated the round-the-clock research for this new Report? According to co-author, Ms. Arlene Eisen:

More than two years ago, on New Year’s Eve, police killed two innocent men: Oscar Grant in Oakland, Adolph Grimes in New Orleans and shot Robert Tolan in a Houston suburb. Based on research started in 2009 after those murders, we learned there were a lot more killings that had not yet been uncovered. Then, after Trayvon’s murder, there was a huge public outcry and a few headlines about more killings. More grieving families and more calls for investigation. Further research became urgent and it demonstrated that Trayvon’s death was not an isolated tragedy.

Between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012, at least 110 Black people were killed by police and their “deputies.”  Any one of these people killed could have been my son or your husband or daughter.

Researchers of the report found no national database that tracks this data.

The calculation of  “Every 40 hours in US one Black woman, man or child is killed by police,” was arrived by using this formula:

There are 181 days between January and June 30.  Twenty four hours multiplied by 181 equals 4,344 hours, which is divided by 120 murders. That equals 36.2, which was rounded off to Every 40 hours in US one Black woman, man or child is killed by police.

To read the UPDATED report visit MXGM.  We encourage you to VIEW the INERACTIVE GRAPHIC of the killings.  And to sign the petition click here.


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  1. […] The most recent research gathered by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Left Unity Network, and U.S. Human Rights Network report that from January to June 2012 there have been 120 state-sanctioned murders of Black people in the United States – that is one killing every 36 hours. […]

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