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Young blacks much more likely than whites to be killed in California

February 2, 2011 |  7:30 am

Linking LACalifornia Watch looks at a new report with some grim conclusions: Young blacks are five times more likely to be killed than other Californians their same age:

The disparity was even wider for black males, who have a homicide rate more than 14 times that of whites and nearly four times that of Hispanics.  Those are among the disturbing facts in a new report by the Violence Policy Center which found that guns and firearms were used in 84 percent of the 803 homicides of 10- to 24-year-olds in California in 2009. Ninety percent of the victims were male.

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