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The rate of Hispanics killed by law enforcement officers has increased nearly 45% in the last decade, according to newly released data reviewed by Axios.

Latinos killed by law enforcement hit .26 per 100,000 residents in 2020, up from .18 in 2011.

New Mexico is the state with the largest percentage of Hispanic residents in the United States.

The state had a rate of 1.02 per 100,000 residents, which is more than twice the rate of any other state.

Colorado comes in with the second highest rate with .49.

Research says that Hispanics accounted for nearly 20% of all deaths in police custody between 2001 and 2020 and that their rate of fatal encounters was 1.33 times higher than the rate for non-Hispanic whites.

Latino men between the ages of 20 to 39 and those living in Western U.S. states have seen the greatest spikes in deaths caused by police.

More than 50,000 years of potential life among Hispanics were lost due to fatal police encounters across all ages, the study concluded. The researchers calculated this by subtracting the age of those killed from 80 (the assumed life expectancy) and then adding those figures for all of the people killed.

During this decade, the Latino population grew by 18.3%, while the number killed by police grew by 61.4%.

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