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Native Americans at Greatest Risk of Police Violence ~ Native Lives Matter

In the United States, Native Americans experience disproportionately high amounts of violence from law enforcement.

Native Americans ages 20–24, 25–34, and 35–44 are three of the five groups most likely to be killed by police (the others are Black people 20–24 and 25–34).  This makes Native Americans more likely than any other racial group to be killed by police despite the fact that they only make up 1.2% of the population of the United States.

Native Americans are 3.1 times more likely than white Americans to be killed by police. Police brutality, especially killings, are underreported, however, because officer’s frequently visually assess race and Native Americans are often mistaken for Black, White, or Hispanic.

Check out this compelling CNN article discussing the controversial police killings of Jason Peron, Paul Castaway, Benjamin Whiteshield, Loreal Tsingine, Corey Kanosh, and Zachary Bearheels.



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