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Keith Lamont Scott's Disability May Have Gotten Him Killed, And He's Not The Only One

Last week in Charlotte, North Carolina, police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, a Black man with a disability. This happens with gut-wrenching frequency. It happened again this week in El Cajon, California, where police shot and killed Alfred Olango, a Black man with mental illness. Yet disability is often overlooked as a factor in police killings and use of force. A recent widely cited report on the issue estimates that up to one half of all use of force incidents involve individuals with disabilities, noting that "[d]isability is the missing word in media coverage of police misuse of force.
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