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Police use of brutal force is now considered a top 10 of death for young American men - and you're at 2.5-times greater risk of being killed by a cop if you are a black man, a new study reveals.
The names of men like Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown have made headlines and became core to the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.
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But they're only three out of thousands who have died in encounters with police in the US in recent years.
Previous official statistics have placed police brutality below the top 10 causes of death for young US men, due largely to the way these deaths are coded by coroner's offices.
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In fact, police have been responsible for so many fatalities in recent years that encounters with cops are now the sixth leading cause of death - just behind cancer - for young American men, according to a new Rutgers University study.
'We've never had reliable federal data system that's tracked police-involved deaths,' said Rutgers criminal justice professor and lead study author, Dr Frank Edwards, who based the research on media reports, not flawed federal data.
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'It's important to emphasize that police violence is a threat to public health and police are responsible for...producing a lot of years of life lost.'
Just last week, court recordings detailed how yet another young American - Tony Timpa, 32 - was killed by police after the unarmed man called 911 during a schizophrenic episode.
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A day later, a New York Police Department judge recommended Garner's killer, Daniel Pantaleo, be fired.
Each year in the US, an average of about 1,100 people men and women are killed in encounters with the police, estimate the Rutgers researchers.
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Cops are the seventh leading cause of death for African American men of...
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