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1M                                       Police Brutality against African Americans

 

The term police brutality is used to refer to various human rights violations by the police. It ranges from racial abuse which we’ve seen become more publicized in 2020. It also includes racial stereotypes and unlawful killings.

 

Timeline of police brutality (2016-2020) 

 July 17th, 2014 Eric Garner 

43-year-old Eric Garner was choked to death in Staten Island New York by an NYPD officer for illegally selling cigarettes. While in the chokehold Mr. Garner uttered “ I can’t breathe” 11 times.

 

August 9th, 2014- Micheal Brown

18-year-old Micheal Brown was shot & killed in Ferguson Missouri after an officer responding to reports that Brown who was unarmed had stolen a box of cigars from a convenience store. Brown was shot 6 times while on his knees with his hands raised.

 

November 22nd, 2014-Tamir Rice

12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot & killed by a Cleavland Ohio police officer after reports were made that a male who was “probably a juvenile” was pointing a “ probably fake gun” at passers by.

 

July 5th, 2016 Alton Sterling 

37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot twice at point-blank range in Baton Rouge Louisiana after the responding officers falsely claimed he had a gun after responding to a dispute at a shop.

 

July 6th, 2016- Philando Castile

32-year-old Philando Castile was killed in St Paul Minnesota after he was stopped for faulty brake light, he disclosed to officers that he had a firearm in the vehicle. Shortly after the officer made claims he began to reach for the gun & so he sot him. The whole encounter took 62 seconds.

 

 March 13th, 2020- Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT who was shot 8 times by police as she slept after police entered the wrong apartment in a no-knock warrant raid.

 

May 25th, 2020George Floyd 

Geroge Floyd was 46 years old who was killed in by Minneapolis during an arrest allegedly using a counterfeit 20 dollar bill. Officers knelled in Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes as he said he couldn’t breathe & cried out for his late mother.

 

Each person’s name was an African American whose life was cut short by the same people who were put into power to protect us. In each case, the officers WERE NOT CHARGED for the murders of these innocent kings & queens.


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