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Black Men Face The Highest Risk Of Death By Police In America

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Protesters across the U.S. are descending on city streets to demand justice and systemic change when it comes to racial injustice at the hands of police officers.

Black males are nearly 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than their white counterparts in the U.S. George Floyd is one of the most recent men to become part of this statistic and the driving force behind nationwide outrage over the way people of color are treated by law enforcement in America.

Wednesday marked the fifth straight day in San Antonio of racial injustice protests in honor of Floyd, an African American male whose last minutes of life were captured in a now-viral video.

Laying facedown on the ground, Floyd is heard saying "I can't breathe" as a Minneapolis police officer forcibly restrains him with a knee to the neck for more than 8 minutes. 

Similar situations have occurred for decades in cities across the U.S., with white officers perpetrating violence against unarmed black men and women.

How common is police brutality in communities of color? Why do police disproportionately victimize black men?

How has the militarization of police departments contributed to the use of force on black Americans? What role does department culture play?

What reforms are needed to achieve racial equity for encounters with law enforcement? 

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*This interview was recorded  on Thursday, June 4.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.