MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 26, 2014

Study: Oklahoma ranks fifth in black homicides in US


Associated Press

— TULSA (AP) — A national study ranks Oklahoma fifth in the nation for black homicide victimization.

Black Oklahomans make up 7.4 percent of the state's population but accounted for about 34 percent of homicides in the state in 2011. The Tulsa World reported that data from the study, "Black Homicide Victimization in the United States," indicates that of 219 homicide victims in the state in 2011, 74 were black.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has more recent data showing that 34.7 percent of Oklahoma homicide victims in 2012 were black.

Marvin Blades Sr., a former Tulsa police officer and the president of 100 Black Men of Tulsa, says the disproportionate number of blacks being killed has been occurring for years and that not enough is being done to combat it.