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Janine Davis

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Police killings are far more common in the United States than in any other country.

Most would think the leading cause of death for young men would be suicide, drug overdose, etc.

Yet, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that young American men, especially a young black man are at a high risk of being killed by a police officer.

For a black man, the risk of being killed by a police officer is about 2.5 times higher than that of a white man.

The study found that shootings, chokeholds, and other uses of force by police officers, whether warranted or not, are now the sixth-highest cause of death for males between the ages of 25 and 29.

The study does not differentiate between police killings that are determined justified and those that were not.

Police killings are far more common in the United States than in any other country. One of the prime factors of this is due to the high rate of gun ownership in America.

Alex Vitale of Brooklyn College believes police are the first responders for mental health issues – due to inadequate community-based mental health services.

According to The Post, 20% of people fatally shot by the police this year alone had documented mental health issues.