In a recent interview with Democracy Now!, Morehouse professor and television host Marc Lamont Hill explained why most of the solutions to ending police brutality won’t work. According to Hill, this isn’t just an issue of policy, it is an issue of white supremacy.
President Obama gave remarks following the shooting of 12 Dallas police officers, 5 of whom were killed. Speaking from the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, he declared that there is “no possible justification for these kinds of attacks, or any violence against law enforcement.”
Last night, twelve police officers were shot and five of those were killed after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas. The officers were killed by sniper fire around 9PM on Thursday night. Police Chief David Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings held a press conference to discuss the shootings.
A peaceful protest was being held for the killing of Alton Sterling before shooting targeted 12 police officers in the area, five of which have died as well as two civilian injuries. According to CNN, three suspects are in custody while one was killed by a bomb during an attempt to apprehend.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,”Dallas Police Chief David Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
There have been varied reactions to the footage of both Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man who was shot and killed while police had him pinned down to the ground in Lousiana, and Philando Castile, a 32-year-old man who was shot four times in the chest at a routine traffic stop. One Ohio police officer named Nakia Jones posted a video response that is going viral.
[Note: Due to it’s graphic, traumatic nature, we will not be sharing the video of Philando Castile’s death or any similar in nature.]
The image of Philando Castile’s body slowly swaying from side to side with a seat-belt seemingly the only thing keeping him in his seat is an image many will never forget. Unlike Alton Sterling, whose actual shooting was captured on film, the footage of Castile’s interaction with St. Anthony, Minnesota police started after he was shot.
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Alton Sterling, 37, was shot by Baton Rouge, LA police officers outside of a convenience store he was selling music in front of early Tuesday morning.
Video taken by witnesses show Sterling being stunned and thrashed around by officers, pinned to the ground and having a gun pointed at him after an officer yells, “He’s got a gun!” Immediately afterwards, officers opened fire shooting him multiple times in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene with gunshot wounds to his chest and back.
North Carolina is working diligently to join Texas and Florida as states that have massive “You’re Not Welcome” signs hanging on their borders. If the controversial bathroom bill or testing welfare applicants for drug use wasn’t enough, state legislators are now working to pass a bill that will completely remove access to police body cameras.
The McKinney, Texas cop who tackled and assaulted a teenage black girl in a viral video last June will not be charged with a crime, citing a lack of evidence.
Despite the fact that thousands of people, near and far, bore witness to the officer’s unhinged cruelty to a young black girl, our broken justice system once again chooses not to act and signals that black women’s lives do not matter.
Trigger warning: This story details police violence against a teenage Black woman. There are links to videos of the physically violent arrest.
A recent video posted to Facebook showed the brutal arrest of a 18-year-old woman, identified by local news media as Genele Laird, outside of the East Towne Mall in Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday, according to WKOW – 27 News. Now, the community and others who love her are demanding answers from local police authorities as to why she was forcefully and violently arrested.