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The Brief: Reckoning with the Numbers on Police Shootings

Recent police shootings across the nation have raised uncomfortable questions about how the police interact with minorities.

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Recent police shootings across the nation have raised uncomfortable questions about how officers interact with minorities.

Policymakers and the public have questioned whether police shoot at minorities at a disproportionate rate, whether it’s possible to tell how often and what can be done about it. 

A Texas Tribune project, “Unholstered,” analyzed data from the state’s 36 largest cities and found that the numbers seem to support claims that police are more likely to shoot at people of color. But parsing those numbers can oversimplify police interactions with minorities.

The Unholstered series also looks for answers to other questions surrounding police use of deadly force, such as on mental health calls, as well as situations when the individual is unarmed or when the officer is off duty.

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Quote to Note

"And if we elect a president because you are so stubborn, arrogant, and stupid, that can't say 'radical Islam' and can't engage an enemy and identify it, that's your fault as well! And if you help elect the single most corrupt person to ever seek the presidency, somebody who lies like she did, somebody who sold out her office for gain like she has, somebody who has failed on Iran and ISIS and radical Islam in general, and Iraq and Iran and Syria and North Africa and Libya, I'm blaming you!"

— Sean Hannity, a radio and television host, on his frustrations with Glenn Beck, Ted Cruz and the Never Trump movement

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Trib Events for the Calendar

•    San Antonio & the Legislature: The Election and Beyond on Sept. 14 at University of Texas at San Antonio – Downtown Campus

•   The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 23-25 at the University of Texas at Austin

•   The Washington Post's Politics & Pints with Chris Cillizza: TTF Edition on Sept. 24 at Scholz Garten

•   TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism on Sept. 24 at the University of Texas at Austin's Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

•   A Conversation with state Reps. Four Price and John Smithee on Oct. 4 at Amarillo College in Amarillo

•   A Conversation with state Reps. Andrew Murr and Jason Isaac on Nov. 14 at Schreiner University in Kerrville

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