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Remember Corey Kanosh?

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If you don’t, you’re not alone.  I’d forgotten him.  And that’s sad fucked up.  I was looking up some statistics in the wee hours of this morning.  I simply wanted to know who law enforcement officers are killing.  I’d known this…and forgotten (perhaps intentionally at some point):  police kill a disproportionate number of Native Americans (i.e. 1.9% of all police killings occur in a population that makes up less than 1% of the total U.S. population).  This reminded me of Corey Kanosh.  He was 35 years old when he was fatally shot by a police officer on the Kanosh Paiute Indian Reservation in Utah in 2012.  I looked him up, wondering if any news or justice had been served since his murder.  I found this instead.   I don’t mean to distract from Ferguson but rather to generally highlight questions of law enforcement effectiveness, violence, and accountability among communities of color and socioeconomic inequality.  Reservations are vulnerable places with confused and complicated jurisdiction.

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