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Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, dragged out of her car and later died in jail. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, dragged out of her car and later died in jail. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)
"Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color" by Andrea Ritchie. (Courtesy Nicholas DiSabatino, Beacon Press)
"Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color" by Andrea Ritchie. (Courtesy Nicholas DiSabatino, Beacon Press)

Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice ... They are some of the black men who were killed by police, or died while in police custody.

But as police violence against black men and men of color has come into the national spotlight, we seldom hear how women of color are affected by police violence and sexual abuse.

Women like Sandra Bland, Alesia Thomas, Rosann Miller and Dajerria Becton.

But these aren't household names. And police violence against women is far from a new phenomenon. Why then, aren't we hearing the names of women who are targets of police violence? Or women who are victims of sexual abuse at the hands of police officers?

It's a question that New York attorney Andrea Ritchie set out to change in her new book, "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color."

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Andrea Ritchie, New York police misconduct attorney and author of "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color." She tweets @dreanyc123.

Andrea Ritchie will be speaking about her book at the Cabral Center at Northeastern University tonight, and at the Harvard Bookstore tomorrow in conversation with Paul Butler, author of "Chokehold."

This segment aired on November 29, 2017.

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