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Police shootings study sparks debate on role of racial bias

A Harvard University economist found that although police nationwide are more likely to use nonfatal force against blacks and Hispanics, that racial bias didn't translate to the use of deadly force by officers in Houston, one of the country's largest and most racially diverse cities.

Roland Fryer published a draft study this month that found that police were more than twice as likely to manhandle, beat or use some other kind of nonfatal force against blacks and Hispanics than against people of other races. Those findings were based on a federal survey detailing interactions between people and police and 10 years of data from the New York Police Department's controversial stop and...