I should have specified, I meant deaths directly caused by another human being.
That’s just it though, I don’t think they are comparing only black and white ‘police encounters’ and getting the ‘3 times as many’ number from that. The 3 times as many, or 2.5 times as many figure is thrown around a lot and it’s taken from the US population.
Those arguing this point keep suggesting that because the white population is fives times greater than the black population in the USA, but ‘only’ twice as many white people are killed by police as black people, black people are therefore 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police. As I said, it’s a misleading statistic because you should not be including people who have had no encounters with the police in it.