Racial Disparities Exist in Denver Police Shootings, I-News Inquiry Finds

Ferguson Reaction

A black Denver resident is three times more likely than a white resident to be shot by law enforcement. Latino residents are nearly twice as likely to be shot. At a time when the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., has brought tensions between police and minority communities to the forefront, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found that racial disparities persist in police shootings in Denver. Seven of the 33 people shot by Denver police and sheriff’s deputies in the past five years were African American, according to data collected by the Office of the Independent Monitor, a city watchdog. That’s about 21 percent, compared with an overall black population in Denver of 9.7 percent during roughly the same period, according to Census data. Continue Reading →

Education gaps in Colorado narrowing

U.S. Department of Commerce - Bureau of the Census

Black and Latino adults in Colorado narrowed some of the wide education gaps with their white counterparts last year, according to an I-News analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau data. Colorado no longer has the largest gaps in the nation in college graduation rates between black and white residents and both Latino and black adults saw high school graduation gaps narrow to their lowest levels in decades. “That’s good news all the way around,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who also is executive director of the Colorado Higher Education Department. “It’s the result of more focus and more collaboration between K-12 and higher education.”
However, income, poverty and home ownership disparities between whites and the state’s largest minority groups remained unchanged between 2010 and 2012, the analysis found. An I-News investigation published earlier this year of six decades of Census data found that minority gains made in key economic and education areas had eroded over time. Continue Reading →

Social progress from civil rights movement lost

Civil rights activists march with political leaders, including Denver mayor Wellington Webb and Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, center, during a parade through Denver marking Martin Luther King Day in 1990. (Photo courtesy The Denver Public Library)

By some of the most important measures of social progress, black and Latino residents of Colorado have lost ground compared to white residents in the decades since the civil rights movement. Minority gains made during the 1960s and 1970s have eroded with time, an I-News Network analysis of six decades of demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau found. In other categories, the gaps between whites and minorities have steadily widened since 1960. The analysis focused on family income, poverty rates, high school and college graduation and home ownership. Health data and justice records examined also revealed disparities. Continue Reading →

Losing Ground: Gaps Illustrated

Latino and black residents of Colorado are falling further behind the state's white residents in some of the most important measures of social progress. An I-News Network analysis of six decades of U.S. Census data shows that the gaps between the three communities narrowed somewhat during the years surrounding the civil rights movement, but have widened in the decades since.

Use the buttons on the left column of this graphic to reveal a selection of statistics about economic disparities disparities between races. Return to the project home page. Illustration by: Michael Hall for I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS Continue Reading →