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Pa. Ranks Fourth in Black Homicide Victims

A new study from the Violence Policy Center found that blacks are killed at disproportionately high rates in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania ranks fourth in black homicide victims, a new study found.

A study from the Violence Policy Center found that blacks are killed at disproportionately high rates in Pennsylvania.

In 2011, the year for which the most recent FBI statistics are available and on which the study is based, blacks made up 13 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 50 percent of homicides, the study found.

The study rankings were on rate of homicides, not overall total. Nebraska was ranked No. 1, but had only 30 black homicides in 2011. However, the rate per 100,000 people was 34.43 because the state’s population is low.

Pennsylvania, at No. 4, had 419 black homicides, a rate per 100,000 of 29.02.


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