Getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America

About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers. That makes them 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops.

A study published in the Lancet last year found that police killings of unarmed black men were associated with an increase in mental health problems such as depression and emotional issues for black people living in the state where the killing took place.

Many young men are living in a state of constant fear can lead to chronic stress.  Many parents have to have the talk ” a conversation that many African American parents have with their children — especially boys — about how to interact with police to avoid being harmed”.

Amina Khan
The Los Angeles Times
August 2019

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