Black Portlanders More Likely to Be Murdered Than Any Other Cities’ Black Population
In the 12 months ending June 30, 2021, more than 1 in every 1,000 Black people living in Portland died in a homicide, a rate far higher than that experienced in U.S. cities most known for gun violence, reports the Willamette Week. Those cities include Chicago (77 per 100,000) and Philadelphia (64 per 100,000). In those same 12 months, Black Portlanders died in homicides at a rate of 102 per 100,000 people. Black Portlanders died at a higher rate than Black Baltimoreans and at nearly double the rate of Black Los Angelenos. Portland saw 94 homicides in that period, according to newly released Portland Police Bureau figures, and of that number, 39 victims (41 percent) were Black.