Today, I read a shocking statistic. According to a new report from the Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition, almost 600 people have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers since 2000. The youth advocacy organization looks into the use of lethal force among police in its report titled “Don’t Shoot to Kill.” Between January 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014, law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County contributed to the about one death a week. Apparently, police shootings aren’t new in the area.

Did police brutality just become an issue or has the media not focused on it until now? Those are the questions that I will try to answer as I continue following the issue of police brutality.

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