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Black Female Prosecutors Hold Outsized Roles in Charging Police for Killings

Black female prosecutors have an outsized impact on whether police officers are charged after deadly shootings despite holding only 1% of elected prosecutor roles nationwide, data by Mapping Police Violence show.

While fewer than 3% of killings by police annually result in a police officer being charged with a crime, Black female prosecutors comprised 9% of the prosecutors who charged officers with a killing between 2013 and 2021. One in five prosecutors who pursued multiple cases of police killings were Black women in that time.