Dylan Roof, Charleston, North Carolina- it must be nice to be white in police custody, you get a free meal paid for with tax dollars of the people you murdered mid-prayer.
Tamir Rice, Cleveland, Ohio- shot fatally and murdered by police on the PLAYGROUND for having a TOY gun. The victim was 12 years old.
Eric Garner, Staten Island, New York City- police put in violent chokehold resulting in death for suspicion of selling cigarettes
Freddie Gray, Baltimore, Maryland- injured by police resulting in death via spinal cord injury while in police custody bc of cop’s racist suspicions (that he was carrying a switchblade, WHICH HE WAS NOT) he was dragged paralyzed and denied CPR by police-negligence is an understatement here
Trayvon Martin, Miami Gardens, Florida- murdered for wearing a hoodie while a minor, Zimmerman (man with violent legal past) not charged
Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri- murdered by cop Darren Wilson for suspicion of petty theft, WHILE HIS HANDS WERE UP IN SUBMISSION
Anthony Hill Chamblee, Georgia- fatally shot by cop for being mentally ill in apartment complex and knocking on doors
Tony Robinson, Madison, Wisconsin- fatally shot by cop for obstructing traffic, the victim was an unarmed teenager
Charly Leundeu Keunang aka Africa, Los Angeles, California- fatally shot by police for being homeless and mentally ill. He was well-loved by the community despite being homeless.
Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Pasco, Washington- shot 17 times by two police officers for being mentally ill and throwing rocks at cars.
Jessica Hernandez, Denver, Colorado -fatally shot for driving a stolen car. she was a teenager with four other passengers in the car.
Kevin Davis, Decatur, Georgia- called police because girlfriend had been stabbed. Instead of doing their job, the police broke into Davis’ home, then killed his dog, then fatally shot Mr. Davis.
Dennis Grigsby Texarkana, Texas - murdered by fatal gunfire for approaching an officer with a spoon, victim was mentally ill.
Akai Gurley, Brooklyn, New York- killed in an unlit stairwell of his OWN home for no reason, other than being black.
Ezell Ford, Los Angeles California- shot fatally for walking down the street and being mentally ill.
John Crawford III, Beaver Creek, Ohio- shot fatally for shopping at Walmart.
BLACK LIVES MATTER. MINORITY LIVES MATTER. THS COUNTRY IS BUILT OFF THE BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, and BACKS OF THESE PEOPLE. POLICE BRUTALITY IS TARGETED AT MINORITIES AND PRIMARILY AT AFRICAN AMERICANS. WE MUST ADMIT AND RECOGNIZE THE PROBLEM BEFORE WE CAN REBUILD.
YES IT IS ALSO ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS AND GUN CONTROL BUT THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO CHANGE IS THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT EACHOTHER AND THEY WAY WE TREAT EACHOTHER.
“We gotta make a change…
It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
and let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.” -TUPAC, 1998
Let us not be the inheritors of a cruel, racist, ignorant and violent future.
LET US BREAK FREE FROM THE CHAINS OF MEDIEVAL, ARCHAIC THINKING AND RISE UP. REGARDLESS OF YOUR PAST OR YOUR RACE OR YOUR INCOME, THIS IS ALSO YOUR FIGHT –SPEAK UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.