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Police Violence against Native Americans: Information

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Ongoing Police Violence

The case of Sarah Lee Circle Bear has to be understood in the context of ongoing police violence against indigenous peoples in the United States. Between 1999 to 2014, Native Americans were the racial/ethnic group most likely to be killed by police authorities (even more likely than African Americans) [Males: 2016 study]. They were also 3.1 times more likely to be killed than White Americans [Woodard: In These Times study]. In 2016, 21 Native Americans were killed by law enforcement, which was double the number from the year before. It is important to note that incidences of police brutality against Native American are likely to be much higher. Violence against them tends to be underreported because officers routinely misidentify them racially as Latina/o, African American, or White. Violence against Native Americans also takes the form of confinement in prisons. The number of Native Americans in prison is four times the national average and their number, per capita,  in federal prison is 38% above the national average.

 

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