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Study Shows Black Millennials Face More Police Violence

A University of Chicago study reveals a majority of black millennials faced police violence in their lifetime. 

A study published by the Black Youth Project at the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago shows that millennials encountered instances of police violence long before the deaths of Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown brought this ongoing issue into the limelight.

“Black Millennials in America,” is a 10-year project, dedicated to understanding the challenges and opportunities faced by young people of color in the United States. A 2009 Mobilization and Change survey, complied from the project, indicated 54.5 percent of African American millennials personally experienced and or knew someone who faced police harassment or violence. 1 in 3 White Americans, 1 in 4 Latinos and 28 percent of Asian Americans also agreed they experienced and or knew someone who experienced police violence. 

Despite the large claims in police violence, a majority of all races still believe police in their neighborhoods are "there to protect you." This survey includes 71 percent of African Americans, 76 percent of Hispanics, and 89 percent of Asians in the 18 to 29 year old category. 

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