Study shows that State of Indiana has the highest rate of black homicide victims in the country.
A recent study conducted by the national nonprofit Violence Policy Center shows that Indiana has the highest rate of black homicide victims in the country.
Using FBI homicide data, researchers conducting the study ranked states according to their black homicide victimization rates. According to the study, there were 213 black homicide victims in Indiana in 2013, or 34.15 victims per 100,000 people.
According to the center’s findings, Indiana black homicide victimization rates is double the national black homicide victimization rate and eight times the overall homicide rate nationwide.
This trend is a cause for concern as last year’s study found Indianapolis had the sixth-highest rate of black homicide victims in the country based on 2012 data.
In a statement, Josh Sugarmann, the executive director of the Violence Policy Center, expressed his frustration over such findings.
“In America, black men and women face a disproportionate risk of being murdered, a fact both alarming and unacceptable,” he said Josh.
The study also found that 90 percent of the victims were shot and killed with a gun.
According to Paul Helmke, director of the Civic Leaders Center at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, the findings show that Indiana State probably has too many gangs, drugs, and guns.
“We make it very easy for people to get guns,” Helmke said. “And that means that when there’s a domestic violence dispute, the guns are handy. When there’s a gang dispute, the guns are handy,” he added.
The city’s woes do not end with it being the place where black men and women are most likely to be murdered.
A recent IndyStar analysis of homicide data also found Indianapolis law enforcement agencies have tough time solving killings involving black victims.
Criminal justice experts, police, and community leaders attribute the disparity to a number of problems, including the ‘no snitching policy’ in minority communities.
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