Police Killing Native Americans At Astounding Rate

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A recent report by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports that Native Americans are killed by police at a higher rate than any other ethnic group.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Native Americans make up almost two percent of those killed by police though they are only 0.8 percent of the population. While police kill young black men more than any other group, they kill Native Americans at a higher rate.

As with African Americans, these killings are not isolated from the larger problem of police and societal violence, as this devastating article in Counterpunch discusses in the particular context of New Mexico, which in 2014 had the highest rate of police killing in the country. That article reports that “according to a 2003 study by the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Native people experience ‘acts of ethnic intimidation; threats of physical violence, assaults, and other potential hate crimes’ as part of everyday life in border towns like Gallup, Farmington and Albuquerque.”

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Chase Iron Eyes is an attorney with the Lakota People’s Law Project in South Dakota, which published a report called “Native Lives Matter” early this year. He says that the DOJ needs to address police violence against Native Americans.

“You can tell they’re shooting out of fear,” he said. “If it’s not out of hate, for some reason they’re pulling the trigger before determining what the situation actually is. Something does need to happen. Somebody does need to take a look and we need help.”—Ruth McCambridge

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  • occupyRUScom

    S H A M E!
    U. S. of A.?

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  • Aquifer

    Ah, so now we can have a discussion about whether police violence is worse against Blacks or Native Americans – by the numbers, against Blacks, by the percentages against Native Americans – and then, of course, we can discuss who is the more oppressed group, now and historically – then “throw” women in to the mix, as was done in ’08, on DN, when an AA O supporter was “discussing” with a white feminist H supporter (both women) who was more oppressed, women or AAs, and it gets downright fractious ….

    So what should we make of the report that Sanders was heckled by BLM protesters, some of whom, at least, may have voted for O whose civil rights record was basically non-existent?

    Identity politics is doing, and has done, IMO, great violence to left politics – and, ironically, the victims of the violence are the “identities” themselves ….

  • PeaceDaisy

    Getting Bernie ‘s attention by Black Lives Matter was a tactic & it succeeded since B started to include their issue in his stump speech.

  • Aquifer

    I know – and now he has introduced “legislation” to deal with the private PIC – Sanders is an opportunist, as O was – what will get him votes – one might argue that it is a sign he can be “pressured”, but it is rather clear to me that what he “introduces” or speechifies on and what he will fight for are 2 different animals – as with O …

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