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Mountain West Region Has Highest Rate Of Fatal Encounters With Police

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The Mountain West News Bureau is reporting on a sobering fact: our region has the highest rate of fatal encounters with police in the U.S. Today, Idaho Matters shared two of the stories filed in this new five-part series on this issue, called "Elevated Risk." 

We heard from reporter Nate Hegyi about how the Mountain West's gun culture and high rate of mental health issues contribute to this problem. And reporter Savannah Maher investigates the high rate of fatal encounters Indigenous people in our region experience.  

Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!