It’s been almost four years since Patrisse Khan-Cullors helped birth the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. Those three words gained national attention for demonstrations against police brutality and grew into a movement.

But progress has been slow, admits Khan-Cullors, a Los Angeles-based activist who co-founded the Black Lives Matter Network.

“The local is where the work is. If we’re looking at just the national, it’s pretty devastating. But if you zoom into cities, to towns, to rural areas, people are fighting back and people are winning,” she says, pointing to one example in Jackson, Miss., where voters recently elected a progressive new mayor in the Deep South.

Other Black Lives Matter activists around the country, who are part of a decentralized movement, are also focusing on local activism.

“We go to locations where people generally … don’t have to think about or don’t want to think about white supremacy and patriarchy and how that’s affecting black people,” says Mike Bento, an organizer with New York’s NYC Shut It Down, a group which considers itself part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Amid ‘Devastating’ Progress Nationally, Black Lives Matter Engages Local Causes

Photos: Hansi Lo Wang/NPR; Michael Radcliffe/NPR

#PaulONeal = No Conviction
#SamDuBose = No Conviction
#AltonSterling = No Conviction
#RaphaelBriscoe = No Conviction
#JessicaWilliams = No Conviction
#MarquintanSandlin = No Conviction
#KishaMichael = No Conviction
#OmarEdwards = No Conviction
#DonnellThompson = No Conviction
#DalvinHollins = No Conviction
#KajuanRaye = No Conviction
#WalterScott = No Conviction
#TerenceSterling = No Conviction
#WillardScott = No Conviction
#AlfredOlango = No Conviction
#KeithLamontScott = No Conviction
#GregoryFrazier = No Conviction
#DavidJoseph = No Conviction
#KevinMatthews = No Conviction
#LevoniaRiggins = No Conviction
#JosephMann = No Conviction
#JoshuaBeal = No Conviction
#SylvilleSmith = No Conviction
#JamarClark = No Conviction
#LarryBouie = No Conviction
#AaronBailey = No Conviction
#DariusRobinson = No Conviction
#BrendanHester = No Conviction
#TyreKing = No Conviction
#CarlWiliams = No Conviction

Please note that, for the vast majority of these victims, the more accurate description would be “No Charges”

New York attack: Eight killed by man driving truck

At least eight people have been killed in New York after the driver of a truck mowed down people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.

A man who emerged from the vehicle brandishing imitation guns was shot by a police officer and arrested. Police urged people to avoid the area as a major emergency services operation got under way.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was “a cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians”.

Mangled bicycles littered the scene of the attack. Retailer Home Depot confirmed that the truck had been rented from it.

One witness, identified as “Eugene,” told ABC Channel 7 that he saw a white pick-up truck driving fast down the cycle path alongside the West Side Highway, near Stuyvesant High School, at full speed and hitting a number of people. He also reported hearing about nine or 10 shots.

Another witness, who gave his name as “Frank”, told local TV network NY1 that he had seen a man running around an intersection and heard five to six gunshots.

“I saw he had something in his hand, but I couldn’t tell what it was. But they said that it was a gun…

"When the cops shot him, everybody started running away and it got a little bit crazy right there. So when I tried to look again, the guy was already down.”

Okay, I know we are all protesting the killing of unarmed black men, and it is wonderful that we are doing this. But I would like to add something to that: Hispanic males. An unarmed Mexican man named Ruben Garcia Villalpando, age 31, was murdered by a police officer. He was pulled over for a DWI. He came out with his hands up, he did everything you and I would do, yet, he was still murdered. I want everyone to protest this as much as you have for Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Harris. I want people to raise hell over this. I’m tired of my people getting killed by police and not getting nearly as much attention as other unarmed individuals. Black lives matter. So do Hispanic lives.

Has anyone in the media even slightly insinuated…that Justine’s actions should be carefully investigated?…Did she make the loud noise? Did she scare the cops with the wrong steps?…Or does her white skin prevent her from being blamed for her own tragic death
—  Born Free #therealbornfree 
Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Despite Yells Of 'He Can't Hear'
The police department's spokesperson said he didn't know whether officers heard witnesses yelling that the man was deaf and couldn't hear the officers' commands.

Police in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night fatally shot a deaf man who they say was advancing toward them with a metal pipe as witnesses yelled that the man was deaf and could not hear them.

It’s the fifth officer-involved shooting in the city this year, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Officers were responding to a hit-and-run accident around 8:15 p.m., Capt. Bo Mathews, the police department’s public information officer, told reporters Wednesday. A witness of the accident told police a vehicle involved went to a nearby address.

Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at the address and encountered 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez, who was on the porch holding a 2-foot metal pipe with a leather loop in his right hand. Lindsey called for backup and Sgt. Christopher Barnes arrived.

Police ordered Sanchez to drop the weapon and get on the ground, Mathews said. Both officers had weapons drawn — Lindsey had a Taser and Barnes a gun. Sanchez came off the porch and was walking toward Barnes.

“The witnesses also were yelling that this person, Mr. Sanchez, was deaf and could not hear. The officers didn’t know this at the time,” Mathews said.

Both officers fired their weapons at the same time when Sanchez was about 15 feet away from them; more than one shot was fired, the police captain said.

Emergency Medical Services Authority personnel pronounced Sanchez dead at the scene.


Georgia Tech Shooting Shows Schism Between LGBTQ Community and Police
After a 21-year-old was fatally shot by police in Atlanta, advocates say it's time for law enforcement to get training in dealing with trans people


The fatal shooting of a transgender student late Saturday evening rocked Georgia Tech – and left the LGBTQ community searching for answers. Scout Schultz, who identified as non-binary and used gender neutral pronouns, called 911 around 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 16th to report a suspicious figure on the Atlanta campus. Schultz, who was president of the school’s Pride Alliance, described the individual as “a white male, with long blond hair, a white t-shirt and blue jeans.” The scene that ensued is confusing and is being contested, but video shows that when officers arrived at the scene, there was no mystery figure. Instead, the 21-year-old undergrad appeared to be experiencing some sort of a breakdown. Some have referred to the incident as “suicide by cop.” Schultz yelled at law enforcement officials who responded to the emergency call, “Shoot me!” Police claimed that the student had a knife, but the object in Schultz’s hand was later identified as a multipurpose tool. The device’s blade was not extended during the incident. Police ordered Schultz to drop the weapon, to which the 21-year-old did not respond. As Schultz continued toward them, one of the officers fired. After protests rocked the university on Monday, a critical detail emerged. Officer Tyler Beck, who was identified by the Georgia Tech Police Department as the shooter in the video, did not undergo crisis intervention training (CIT) prior to the incident. The training teaches officers how to respond in situations involving mental health crises. Schultz, who had a history of depression and suicidal ideation, left three notes behind in their dorm room. Advocates argue that providing competent training in dealing with minority communities is vital in preventing tragedy. Schultz’s death is just the most recent in a series of lethal altercations between the trans community and law enforcement. Kayden Clarke was reportedly shot and killed in his Mesa, Arizona home after police responded to a domestic dispute in February 2015. The 24-year-old transgender man was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition that makes it difficult to read social cues. Ryan Hake, 23, was gunned down in Pennsylvania during a police altercation a year later. Lou Weaver, the transgender program coordinator for the LGBTQ organization Equality Texas, understands the mentality behind these shootings. He’s the son of a police officer and grew up surrounded by the culture of law enforcement. “Sometimes it’s life or death for you as a cop,” Weaver says. “When someone has a weapon that they won’t put down, what do you do?” What complicates things is that transgender people learn to be afraid of police as a result of what advocates claim is routine mistreatment by law enforcement. A 2011 survey from the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National LGBTQ Task Force found that more than a quarter of trans respondents report being discriminated against by police. These incidents, Weaver says, can range from misgendering to being called an anti-LGBTQ slur by police. “These are things that happen over and over again,” Weaver claims. “I’ve heard other stories where people are strip searched on the side of the road.” This ingrained fear often creates a perfect storm when officers interact with trans people. Weaver says that when cops sense that apprehension, it can trigger alarm bells. Why are transgender people afraid, a police officer might wonder, if they have nothing to hide…