Apparently whites -- white members of our police forces -- are simply unable to assess accurately the actions of African-American children.
In one experiment, a group of 60 police officers from a large urban police force were asked to assess the age of white, black and Latino children based on photographs. The officers were randomly assigned to be told that the children in the photographs were accused of either a misdemeanor or felony charge. The officers overestimate the age of black felony-suspected children by close to five years, but they actually underestimated the age of white felony-suspected children by nearly a year. ...Wonkblog/WaPo
They were off by about 5 years when judging the age of Tamir Rice. Tests also showed that black kids seen at a distance were seen as potentially guiltier than whites.
The APA researchers sum up their findings this way: "Our findings suggest that, although most children are allowed to be innocent until adulthood, black children may be perceived as innocent only until deemed suspicious." The Tamir Rice case illustrates that for some black children, those biases can play out with deadly consequences in just a fraction of a second. ...Wonkblog/WaPo