Diego,

I agree that the statistic is alarming (to say the least), but I also believe that Hispanic deaths at the hands of local and federal law-enforcement are not just drowned out, but somewhat normalized. We hear about mass graves at or near the border and deaths at the hands of federal authorities so often that I think most Americans, along with mass media, are desensitized to it much like society was about Black folks being victimized by police brutality. When Black Lives Matter came onto the scene people began to start paying attention to the plight of their community at the hands of what is essentially state-sanctioned-murder. The benefits of that movement have helped draw attention, not just to Black lives, but Brown lives and police brutality in general. We should be grateful for that movement and supportive of it. When I see our community organizations come together with theirs it gives me hope that we, as a nation, will start paying more attention to a system that is built on white supremacy. A system that in the modern-era passes those same ideologies of systemic oppression down to officers of color under the guise of an “us-versus-them” mentality; defined by a rhetorical “thin blue line”.

When they do things like that, they can easily convince officers of color to murder their own despite the fact that those officers don’t benefit from the same protections as their white counterparts. Make sense?

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