Spokane police officer involved shootings: why?

Richard Florida looks at correlations (which may not be related to causation and might be nothing more than an interesting correlation – in fact, his ideas have not panned out although Florida disputes that assessment) between firearm deaths (all kinds including deliberate, accidental, officer involved, etc) and found the following:

So what are the factors that are associated with firearm deaths at the state level?

Poverty is one. The correlation between death by gun and poverty at the state level is .59.

An economy dominated by working class jobs is another. Having a high percentage of working class jobs is closely associated with firearm deaths (.55).

And, not surprisingly, firearm-related deaths are positively correlated with the rates of high school students that carry weapons on school property (.54).

via Creative Class » Blog Archive » The Geography of Gun Deaths – Creative Class.

Some background on Spokane crime rates – here, here, here and  here.

Poverty and working class jobs are well known issues in Spokane. Does this mean the third point is also true? I do not know – but if the implication is true, this would be scary.

Interestingly, mental health issues and drug abuse “are much less significant than might be assumed”.

They also found:

Firearm deaths were far less likely to occur in states with higher levels of college graduates (-.64) and more creative class jobs (-.52).

Spokane is slightly below the national average for college graduates but scores okay on creative class jobs as Florida defines health care workers in the creative class.

They also found a correlation with voting for McCain and firearm deaths; however, the majority vote in Spokane went to Obama.

All hints above are possibilities … but only possibilities. Officer involved shootings might be nothing more than a statistical cluster or a sign of something else. The above correlations could be meaningless.


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