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Yale Study: People Of Color Killed By Police At Much Higher Rates Than Whites

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Researchers from Yale analyzed close to 5,000 cases of police shootings and found people of color have been killed by police significantly more than white people over the past five years.

According to the Yale study, Native Americans were killed by police at a rate three times that of white people. Black people were killed at over 2 and a half times the rate of white people, and Hispanics were killed at 1.3 times the rate of white people.

Dowin Boatright is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Yale. He says it is critical for fatal police shootings of people of color to be seen as a public health emergency.

The researchers say their finds indicate that systemic changes are needed.

Clare is a former news fellow with WSHU Public Radio.