Study: Ind. 6th for black homicide victimization

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WASHINGTON, DC (WANE) – A study by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, DC found Indiana ranked 6th in the nation in the rate of black homicide victimization.

The national educational organization used an FBI database to compile information from 2012, the most recent information available.

The data revealed 157 black homicide victims in the state for a rate of 25.48 per 100,000.

Six percent of black homicide victims were under the age of 18 and of the 157 total, 140 were male.

Guns were the most common weapons used in black homicides. When a weapon could be identified, 91 percent of victims were shot and killed with guns. Of those, 61 percent were killed with handguns.

The study also found when a relationship could be identified, 78 percent of victims (54 of 69) knew their killer. The group said 65 percent (64 of 98) were not related to the commission of another felony when circumstances could be identified in the case. Of those, 55 percent involved some type of argument between the victim and offender.

In 2012, there were 6,565 black homicides victims in the United States in 2012. The rate among black victims was 18.03 per 100,000 – placing Indiana far above the national average. The group concluded that blacks in the United States are disproportionately affected by homicide. In 2012, blacks represented 13 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 50 percent of all homicide victims.

Allen County recorded 60 total homicides in 2013 and 2014 with 2013’s total of 44 the most ever in the county’s history since record keeping began. Of the 60, 87 percent were committed by some type of gun and roughly half of the victims were black.

Indiana, since 2008 has ranked in the top 11 of the group’s data compilation.

  • 2008: 3rd (28.71 per 100,000)
  • 2009: 6th (25.84 per 100,000)
  • 2010: 6th (23.89 per 100,00)
  • 2011: 11th (21.95 per 100,000)
  • 2012: 6th (25.48 per 100,000)

The Violence Policy Center study said the top ten states and number of black homicide victims in 2012 were:

  1. Missouri – 247 homicides for a 34.98 per 100,000 rate
  2. Nebraska – 31 homicides for a 34.93 per 100,000 rate
  3. Michigan – 492 homicides for a 34.77 per 100,000 rate
  4. Pennsylvania – 452 homicides for a 31.02 per 100,000 rate
  5. Louisiana – 384 homicides for a 25.75 per 100,000 rate
  6. Indiana – 157 homicides for a 25.48 per 100,000 rate
  7. Oklahoma – 73 homicides for a 25.04 per 100,000 rate
  8. Wisconsin – 91 homicides for a 24.38 per 100,000 rate
  9. California – 585 homicides for a 23.25 per 100,000 rate
  10. Tennessee – 246 homicides for a 22.40 per 100,000 rate

The group found six states that did not have a recorded homicide involving a black victim.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Idaho
  3. Maine
  4. Montana
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Wyoming

The group noted the study uses data reported to the FBI by local agencies and does so with the best and most recent data available, understanding that agencies report data differently and some do not provide information.

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