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Phoenix officer-involved shootings do not show racial bias

PHOENIX — The breakdown of races in officer-involved shootings in Phoenix since 2013 is relatively proportionate to the overall racial makeup of the city, police and census data show.

Suspect race Percentage of suspect race in officer-involved shooting Percentage of race in Phoenix population
White 38 46.5
Hispanic 44 40.8
African-American 14 6.5
Native American .04 2.2

Since Jan. 1, 2013, there were 50 officer-involved shootings in Phoenix. The break down of those shootings by suspect race is as follows:

Hispanic: 22 (14 fatal)
Caucasian: 19 (14 fatal)
African-American: 7 (3 fatal)
Native American: 2 (0 fatal)

The Phoenix Police Department said it had 10 fewer officer-involved shootings in 2014 compared to 2013.

Protests have been ongoing in Phoenix since officer Mark Rine shot and killed 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon on Dec. 2 at an apartment complex. Police said Brisbon had been reaching in his pants and believed Brisbon was armed. It was later revealed he had a bottle of pills in his pocket.

Police are conducting an internal investigation, and prosecutors will determine
whether Rine, 30, will face criminal charges. He was placed on non-enforcement duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.