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‘We, Too, Are Targets of Police Violence’

The women left out of national conversations about misconduct and reform
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High-profile incidents of alleged police misconduct have captured national attention in recent years, from the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown to the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in one 48-hour period last July. These black men are part of the demographic group whose cases the press most often covers, and in many ways rightly so: Black and brown men represent the majority of those affected by documented police-involved shootings. But there are other ways law enforcement unjustly exerts its power—and against other communities, too—that often slip below the national radar.

Recent efforts among activists have focused on elevating victims of police abuse who don’t receive nearly the same amount of attention, namely women of color and trans people. The #SayHerName movement, for example, is trying to raise the profiles of black women subjected to police violence or mistreatment: women like , who in 2015 died in police custody in Waller County, Texas; , the 15-year-old who a McKinney, Texas, cop slammed to the ground at a pool party in 2015;, who was shot and killed by an off-duty Chicago detective in 2012.

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