December 9th, 2010
We think it’s important to shine a light on how some groups, particularly young black men, are disproportionately the victims of homicide…Suppressing that information only serves to tell an incomplete story.

 Megan Garvey, who oversees The Los Angeles Times' 'Homicide Report,' on why The Times uses racial indentifiers in the section.

Because it is a database, it contains information that might not be included in a news article in the printed pages of The Times…That information allows it to keep track of statistics, such as these through Dec. 6 for 2010: the most frequent method of homicide (gunshot), the deadliest day of the week (Sunday) and the race with the most victims (Latino).

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