Tuesday, January 27, 2015

5 things that may surprise you about Native Americans' police encounters

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It's a familiar story: A police officer shoots and kills a person of color, and is later cleared. Community outrage and protests follow. While the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City grabbed national headlines and spawned the Black Lives Matter movement, Native Americans say they're also suffering from long-standing disparities in criminal justice, including police killings – far from the national spotlight.

In South Dakota, Native Americans told us police seem to target people driving license plates that begin with the number 6 – meaning they're registered to residents of a reservation – or that display images of native identity, such as bumper stickers with feathers on them. Some Native Americans in South Dakota said that they feel police target vehicles like this one that bear a license plate starting with the number 6, indicating that it's registered to an address on a reservation. Some Native Americans in South Dakota said that they feel police target vehicles like this one that bear a license plate starting with the number 6, indicating that it's registered to an address on a reservation.

America Tonight Two recent incidents involving white officers in the state have stoked suspicions. In August, a tribal police officer on the Pine Ridge Reservation repeatedly used a stun gun on 32-year-old Jeffrey Eagle Bull. Then, in the state capital Pierre, the parents of an 8-year-old Rosebud Sioux girl sued police after four officers surrounded the child and used a stun gun on her when she was threatening to harm herself.

But concerns about how police treat native communities aren't new.

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