December 4, 2017

Native Americans deserve more attention in the police violence conversation

Author: Olugbenga Ajilore

The issue of officer-involved shootings has entered mainstream discourse, but it has focused on the African American population, largely because of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. But Native Americans suffer from police violence at an equal or even higher rate. Pero was a member of the Bad River Chippewa tribe, and the shooting occurred on the Bad River reservation. The Pero case was the latest of at least 19 Native Americans shot or tasered by police in 2017. But these incidents rarely make it into headlines. We must pay attention to police violence  against this neglected community and criminal justice, not just during Native American Heritage Month.