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5 Latinos Killed by US Cops This Week—And Media Ignored It

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While international media floods to cover the killing of white people and cops, the deaths of Latinos often go unnoticed.

As the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling occupy the news waves, the death of five Latinos this week slipped by.

Vinson Ramos, Melissa Ventura, Anthony Nuñez, Pedro Villanueva and Raul Saavedra-Vargas were shot and killed by cops since Sunday, but only local media picked up the story.

“We’re being targeted,” Gloria Hernandez, an organizer against police brutality in Fresno, told teleSUR.

She has been compiling her own database of police killings in Fresno—she began with the San Joaquin Valley but the list got unwieldy—and has counted that from 2000 to 2014, over 80 percent of victims were Latino. One of the police officers killed five people without an indictment; many killed up to four. Hernandez said that she couldn’t rely on media reports or support from nonprofits like the ACLU, so she went straight to the police for her numbers.

Fresno, a hub for migrant farm workers, is about half Latino. While Latino, Black and Asian activists are organizing solidarity events in the aftermath of the Dallas shooting, Hernandez said that international media only came to report on the police killing of two white people.

“The media never focused on Latinos,” she said. “We’re not attractive—Latinos—right?”

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