June 23rd, 1855: 19-year-old pregnant slave Celia deals a fatal blow to Robert Newsom as she defends herself against sexual assault on his Missouri farm.

Newsom purchased the 14-year-old girl during the summer of 1850. Shortly after returning home with Celia, Newsom raped her. Over the next five years, Newsom repeatedly demanded sex from the teenager. Celia gave birth to two children between 1851 and 1855, the second being the son of Newsom.

Around this time, she developed a love relationship with a man named George, also a slave on Newsom's compound. She became pregnant in late winter of 1855. George insisted that Celia end the sexual exploitation perpetrated by Newsom and informed Celia that, according witness testimony in her trial, "he would have nothing more to do with her if she did not quit the old man." Celia reached out to two of Newsom's daughters asking their help in getting Newsom "to quit forcing her while she was sick." Celia begged Newsom to leave her alone, at least through her pregnancy, but the sexual assaults continued.

On June 23, 1855, Newsom told Celia "he was coming to her cabin that night." When Newsom attempted to force himself on her, Celia grabbed a stick in the cabin and struck Newsom twice over the head. He died of his injuries. Celia, in desperation, enlisted the help of fellow slaves on the property and burned the body in the cabin hearth. Celia eventually confessed to defending herself but repeatedly denied that "anyone assisted her...or abetted her in any way." In jail awaiting her execution, Celia delivered a stillborn child. Celia was hung at 2:30 P.M. on December 21st, 1855.

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October 29, 1984: 66-year-old Eleanor Bumpurs is killed by New York City police in her Bronx appartment. Officers are called to enforce a city-ordered eviction as Bumpurs is four months behind on her monthly rent of $98.65. Police break in when she refuses to open the door. Officer Stephen Sullivan shoots Bumpurs twice with a 12-gauge shotgun. He is found not guilty of second degree manslaughter.

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April 29th, 1997: a 19 year-old unidentified African American woman is held hostage and sexually assaulted by Chicago Police Officer Ernest Marsalis.

Marsalis kidnaps and and rapes a young black woman whose identity remains protected, holding her captive in his apartment after he detains her on a purported curfew violation. He is pressured to resign as a result of this attack and his prior record of abusing women while serving as a police officer. The city settled the ensuing lawsuit, awarding $625,000.00 to the 19-year-old black woman. Court documents show that at least 20 additional complaints were filed against Marsalis for improper behavior, two accusing him of rape. Marsalis is never prosecuted for any of his crimes and, after he quit the force, he filed a claim for unemployment benefits.

In the aftermath of the case, it comes to light that Marsalis' supervisors had identified him as a problem officer early on but felt powerless to do anything about it. "The Chicago Police Department had rejected Ernest Marsalis's application three times--first in 1985, after a drug screening detected morphine in his urine; then in 1987, after he failed to show up for the drug test. Though he was rejected again a few years later, in 1994 he got past the preliminary hurdles and his application moved forward" (http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/armed-and-dangerous/Content?oid=906325). Marsalis allegedly reapplied to be a police officer in 1999 but the department rejected him. Without a firing on his record, it's conceivable that another police department with lax screening processes could hire him.

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December 28th, 1998: police shoot and kill 19-year-old Tyisha Miller in Riverside, CA. Relatives of Miller call 9-1-1 when they find her comatose, shaking and foaming at the mouth, in a locked car with the engine running and the radio on. She has a .380 semi-automatic pistol in her lap. Four officers arrive at the scene within minutes and approach with guns drawn. After several unsuccessful attempts to get Miller to respond, they force entry into the vehicle. Miller allegedly sits up and grabs the gun in her lap as one officers attempts to remove it. The officers open fire 23 times, hitting Miller with at least 12 bullets, including four in the head. They claim that they were acting in self-defense.

The officers involved were fired but did not face prosecution due to "insufficient evidence." Though they were not reinstated, the decision to terminate their employment was found to be an "abuse of administrative discretion" and, as a result, they were eventually afforded full back-pay.

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1999: 32-year-old #SharandaJones is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole as a first-time nonviolent offender in Fort Worth, TX. A casualty of the drug war and inconsistent, discriminatory sentencing with regard to powder vs. crack cocaine, the latter of which was punished at one hundred times that of the former, Jones' sixteen years and 9 months behind bars become emblematic of the absurdity of draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Sharanda Jones expected to die behind bars but after much public pressure and work by her attorney, her sentence is commuted by President Obama. Due to her criminal record, she is no longer eligible for subsidized public housing, will struggle to find employment, and may be barred from voting and/or obtaining a driver's license based on where she resides.

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May 21, 1999: 54-year-old Margaret LaVerne Mitchell is shot to death in Los Angeles.

While on bicycle patrol, a police officer and his partner approach Mrs. Mitchell, a college educated ex-bank worker struggling with mental illness & living on the streets, to ask if the shopping cart she pushes is stolen. The officer claims that the 5-foot-1, 100-pound widow and grandmother lunged at him with a screwdriver and that he feared for his safety. Civilian reports contradict this, indicating instead that Mrs. Mitchell fled, pulling the cart behind her as she ran from officers before they shot her.

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June 4th, 1999: just weeks after getting engaged to be married, 26-year-old LaTanya Haggerty is shot and killed by Police Officer Serena Daniel in Chicago, IL. Haggerty sits in the passenger seat of her friend's car talking on her cell phone after she and her friend were pursued by police for 31 city blocks after a routine traffic stop escalates into a chase. Four officers ignore a sergeant's order to drop the pursuit and continue to follow the car. Officer Daniels allegedly "fears for her life" and opens fire after she spots a non-existent gun (Haggerty's cell phone), a detail which is not corroborated by any eye-witnesses nor the testimony of fellow officers at the scene. Another officer attempts to handcuff Haggerty, seemingly unaware or unconcerned that she has been shot. Haggerty dies at the scene.

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June 11th, 2002: 23-year-old Sophia Chante King is shot and killed by police at her Austin, TX home.

Ms. King survives years of domestic assault and various types of violence in her youth. In the months leading up to her death, the mother of two struggles with mental health and stops taking medications to manage her schizophrenia. Police make numerous visits to her residence as her mental health deteriorates.

On the morning of June 11th, police are called as Ms. King is playing loud music and throwing her belongings out of the front door of her home. When police arrive, she closes and locks her screen door and refuses to come out (as has become her custom during police visits). A neighbor overhears Ms. King express to an officer that she wanted to die, etc. On a previous visit she also makes mention of what psychiatrists call "suicidal ideation." Another neighbor of Ms. King's describes the situation: "Sophia wanted to die, and the police wanted to get rid of her." While police engage with Ms. King through her screen door, the new manager of the property where Ms. King resides slips around to the back of the unit to photograph the damage/destruction of property. Ms. King, a known paranoid schizophrenic not taking her medication, allegedly attacks the property manager with a kitchen knife. The cop, witnessing this, shoots Ms' King once in the chest, puncturing her lung and tearing into her heart. She dies at the scene.

The coroner is not called for approx. 1.5 hours after EMTs pronounce her dead. According to residents, Ms. King ends up on her back with her hands raised at her sides. She is left like this for three hours before her body is removed.

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December 22, 2002: 47-year-old trans woman Nizah Morris dies of a head injury after police reportedly offer her a courtesy ride in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Morris leaves a bar around 2 a.m. and collapses outside due to intoxication. Onlookers form a group of support as she is unable to stand without assistance. They wait for paramedics together for approx. 20 minutes. A police officer arrives, cancels the call for paramedics, and offers her a courtesy ride to a hospital. Ms. Morris declines and asks to be taken home. Witnesses at the scene help her into the police cruiser. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Morris is found lying on a sidewalk over 40 blocks away from her home and bleeding from the right side of her forehead. A 911 call is placed. A different officer arrives but does not call a supervisor or treat the event as a crime. Instead, he attempts to put a jacket over her face while she is still alive.

Ms. Morris is transported to a hospital in critical condition and dies two days later as the result of traumatic blows to her head. On Christmas Day, the Medical Examiner's office classifies Ms. Morris' death as a homicide. The Police Department refuses to accept this, classifying Ms. Morris' death as accidental and requesting a second opinion from a brain-injury specialist. The following day, Ms. Morris' mother—Roslyn Wilkins—is notified of her daughter's death by a detective who informs Ms. Wilkins, "He's dead." The detective is removed from the case after Ms. Wilkins complains. On Dec. 27, family members view photos of Ms. Morris' body and express concerns about evidence of defensive wounds on her hands.

On Dec. 31, the Philadelphia Inquirer publishes the first media account of Ms. Morris' death. She is referred to as a "prostitute" in the headline and a "male prostitute" in the body of the story. A well known and beloved local entertainer, Ms. Morris's funeral service is attended by more than 300 people.

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May 5, 2003: 21-year-old mother of two Kendra James is murdered by police officer Scott McCollister during a traffic stop in Portland, Oregon. Despite forensic evidence not adding up with Police accounts of the incident, local DA Mike Schrunk declines to pursue a public inquiry into James' death.

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May 16th, 2003: 57-year-old Alberta Spruill goes into cardiac arrest after police, acting on bad information about (non-existent) drugs and guns in her home, throw a concussion grenade into her New York apartment. Police break through her door with a battering ram executing a "no-knock" warrant. Ms. Spruill is dressing for work when the explosion goes off. A city employee of 29 years with a pre-existing heart condition, she is briefly handcuffed before police realize that they are in the wrong place. They call an ambulance for her but she dies of a heart attack on the way to the hospital.

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November 23rd, 2004: 33-year-old Malaika Brooks, who is seven months pregnant and driving her 11-year-old son to school in Seattle, is pulled over for speeding. The police say she is going 32 miles per hour in a school zone; the speed limit is 20.

Ms. Brooks says she will accept a ticket but will not sign it, which state law requires. Ms. Brooks is under the impression that signing is an acknowledgment of guilt and was not aware that refusing to sign was a crime. The two officers on the scene summon a sergeant, who instructs them to arrest Ms. Brooks. She will not not get out of her car.

Officer Juan M. Ornelas brandishes a Taser & pulls the trigger, allowing her to hear the sound of 50,000 volts of electricity. He asks Ms. Brooks if she knows what it is. She replies she does not, but informs Officer Ornelas that she needs to use the restroom and that she is pregnant. Ms. Brooks tells Officer Ornelas: "I’m less than 60 days from having my baby." The three men assess the situation and confer. “Well, don’t do it in her stomach,” one says. “Do it in her thigh.” Officer Ornelas twists Ms. Brooks’s arm behind her back. A colleague, Officer Donald M. Jones, applies the Taser to Ms. Brooks’s left thigh, causing her to cry out and honk the car’s horn. A half-minute later, Officer Jones applies the Taser again, now to Ms. Brooks’s left arm. He waits six seconds before pressing it into her neck. Ms. Brooks falls over, and the officers drag her into the street, laying her face down and cuffing her hands behind her back.

In the months that follow, Ms. Brooks gives birth to a healthy baby girl. She is also convicted of refusing to sign the ticket, a misdemeanor under state law, but not of resisting arrest. She sues the officers who left her with permanent scars. The officers win  a split decision from a 10-member panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, here in San Francisco. The majority said the officers had used excessive force but could not be sued because the law in question was not clear the year that the incident took place.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski dissented on the first point, saying Ms. Brooks had been “defiant” and “deaf to reason” and so had brought the incident upon herself. As for the officers, he said: “They deserve our praise, not the opprobrium of being declared constitutional violators. The City of Seattle should award them commendations for grace under fire." Another dissenter, Judge Barry G. Silverman, said “tasing was a humane way to force Brooks out of her car.” “There are only so many ways a person can be extracted from a vehicle against her will, and none of them is pretty,” he explained. “Fists, batons, chokeholds, tear gas and chemical spray all carry their own risks to suspects and officers alike.”

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August 18th, 2006: 19-year-old Chenese Loyal is arrested alongside six of her friends for defending herself against sexual assault in New York. NY.

From the African American Policy Forum's (AAFP) #SayHerName brief: "The New Jersey 7 are a group of 7 Black lesbian and gender-nonconforming [individuals] who were physically assaulted and threatened with rape by a man because they were lesbians, only to be arrested and charged by responding police officers with 'gang assault' when they defended themselves—an outcome which would be unimaginable were they a group of straight, gender-conforming, wealthy white women. Four of the women went to trial in the midst of a media circus characterizing them as a 'seething sapphic septet' and 'lesbian wolfpack.' The man who had ripped a handful of dreadlocks out of one woman’s head, burned another with a cigarette, and choked a third claimed to be a victim of a 'heterosexual hate crime.' They were found guilty and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison until a campaign for justice won an acquittal, new trials, and shorter sentences" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhernamereport). As noted above, Ms. Loyal is charged with Gang Assault in the 2nd degree, a Class C Felony with a mandatory minimum of 3.5 years. To avoid this she accepts a plea offer, a decision which severely restricts future access to housing and employment opportunities.

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August 18th, 2006: Khamysha Coates is arrested alongside six of her friends for defending herself against sexual assault in New York. NY.

From the African American Policy Forum's (AAFP) #SayHerName brief: "The New Jersey 7 are a group of 7 Black lesbian and gender-nonconforming [individuals] who were physically assaulted and threatened with rape by a man because they were lesbians, only to be arrested and charged by responding police officers with 'gang assault' when they defended themselves—an outcome which would be unimaginable were they a group of straight, gender-conforming, wealthy white women. Four of the women went to trial in the midst of a media circus characterizing them as a 'seething sapphic septet' and 'lesbian wolfpack.' The man who had ripped a handful of dreadlocks out of one woman’s head, burned another with a cigarette, and choked a third claimed to be a victim of a 'heterosexual hate crime.' They were found guilty and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison until a campaign for justice won an acquittal, new trials, and shorter sentences" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhernamereport). Ms. Coates is charged with the Class C Felony of Gang Assault in the 2nd degree which caries a mandatory minimum of 3.5 years. Like in the case of her friends #CheneseLoyal and #LaniaDaniels, she also accepts a plea offer to avoid incarceration. It includes probation and a felony on her record which greatly diminish future access to housing and employment opportunities.

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August 18th, 2006: 21-year-old Lania Daniels is arrested alongside six of her friends for defending herself against sexual assault in New York. NY.

From the African American Policy Forum's (AAFP) #SayHerName brief: "The New Jersey 7 are a group of 7 Black lesbian and gender-nonconforming [individuals] who were physically assaulted and threatened with rape by a man because they were lesbians, only to be arrested and charged by responding police officers with 'gang assault' when they defended themselves—an outcome which would be unimaginable were they a group of straight, gender-conforming, wealthy white women. Four of the women went to trial in the midst of a media circus characterizing them as a 'seething sapphic septet' and 'lesbian wolfpack.' The man who had ripped a handful of dreadlocks out of one woman’s head, burned another with a cigarette, and choked a third claimed to be a victim of a 'heterosexual hate crime.' They were found guilty and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison until a campaign for justice won an acquittal, new trials, and shorter sentences" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhernamereport). Ms. Daniels is also charged with the Class C Felony of Gang Assault in the 2nd degree. As noted in previous posts, this caries a mandatory minimum of 3.5 years. Like in the case of her friend #CheneseLoyal, she also accepts a plea offer which sharply limits future access to housing and employment opportunities.

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August 18th, 2006: 20-year-old Patreese Johnson is arrested alongside six of her friends for defending herself against sexual assault in New York. NY.

Dwayne Buckle sexually propositions Ms. Johnson, following and threatening her and her friends with insults and threars that included, "I'll f**ck you straight, sweetheart." From the African American Policy Forum's (AAFP) #SayHerName brief: "The New Jersey 7 are a group of 7 Black lesbian and gender-nonconforming [individuals] who were physically assaulted and threatened with rape by a man because they were lesbians, only to be arrested and charged by responding police officers with 'gang assault' when they defended themselves—an outcome which would be unimaginable were they a group of straight, gender-conforming, wealthy white women. Four of the women went to trial in the midst of a media circus characterizing them as a 'seething sapphic septet' and 'lesbian wolfpack.' The man who had ripped a handful of dreadlocks out of one woman’s head, burned another with a cigarette, and choked a third claimed to be a victim of a 'heterosexual hate crime.' They were found guilty and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison until a campaign for justice won an acquittal, new trials, and shorter sentences" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhernamereport). In addition to being charged with Gang Assault in the 2nd Degree, Ms. Johnson is also charged with 1st Degree Assault. She is incarcerated for seven years before she is released.

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August 18th, 2006: 24-year-old Renata Hill is arrested alongside six of her friends for defending herself against sexual assault in New York. NY.

From the African American Policy Forum's (AAFP) #SayHerName brief: "The New Jersey 7 are a group of 7 Black lesbian and gender-nonconforming [individuals] who were physically assaulted and threatened with rape by a man because they were lesbians, only to be arrested and charged by responding police officers with 'gang assault' when they defended themselves—an outcome which would be unimagina- ble were they a group of straight, gender-conforming, wealthy white women. Four of the women went to trial in the midst of a media circus characterizing them as a 'seething sapphic septet' and 'lesbian wolfpack.' The man who had ripped a handful of dreadlocks out of one woman’s head, burned another with a cigarette, and choked a third claimed to be a victim of a 'heterosexual hate crime.' They were found guilty and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison until a campaign for justice won an acquittal, new trials, and shorter sentences" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhernamereport). Ms. Hill, who is singled out for her appearance by attacker Dwayne Buckle, is shoved, tackled, and then choked by the man. The physical violence, instigated by Buckle, is caught on surveillance video and played during the ensuing trial. Despite this, Ms. Hill is sentenced to eight years. She released in April of 2010.

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August 18th, 2006: 20-year-old Terrain Dandridge is arrested alongside six of her friends when she defends her friend (and herself) against sexual assault in New York. NY.

From the African American Policy Forum's #SayHerName brief: "The New Jersey 7 are a group of 7 Black lesbian and gender-nonconforming [individuals] who were physically assaulted and threatened with rape by a man because they were lesbians, only to be arrested and charged by responding police officers with 'gang assault' when they defended themselves—an outcome which would be unimagina- ble were they a group of straight, gender-conforming, wealthy white women. Four of the women went to trial in the midst of a media circus characterizing them as a 'seething sapphic septet' and 'lesbian wolfpack.' The man who had ripped a handful of dreadlocks out of one woman’s head, burned another with a cigarette, and choked a third claimed to be a victim of a 'heterosexual hate crime.' They were found guilty and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison until a campaign for justice won an acquittal, new trials, and shorter sentences" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhernamereport). Ms. Dandridge serves two of the three and a half years of her sentence before all charges are dropped in a successful appeal.

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August 18th, 2006: 19-year-old Venice Brown is arrested alongside six of her friends for defending herself against sexual assault in New York. NY.

From the African American Policy Forum's (AAFP) #SayHerName brief: "The New Jersey 7 are a group of 7 Black lesbian and gender-nonconforming [individuals] who were physically assaulted and threatened with rape by a man because they were lesbians, only to be arrested and charged by responding police officers with 'gang assault' when they defended themselves—an outcome which would be unimaginable were they a group of straight, gender-conforming, wealthy white women. Four of the women went to trial in the midst of a media circus characterizing them as a 'seething sapphic septet' and 'lesbian wolfpack.' The man who had ripped a handful of dreadlocks out of one woman’s head, burned another with a cigarette, and choked a third claimed to be a victim of a 'heterosexual hate crime.' They were found guilty and sentenced to up to 11 years in prison until a campaign for justice won an acquittal, new trials, and shorter sentences" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhernamereport). Two or three male bystanders, described by the women as "good samaritans," intervene of their own accord on the women's behalf. The men are not arrested by police nor are they prosecuted for their involvement. Ms. Brown, in contrast, is charged with "Attempted Gang Assault," and sentenced to five years. In 2009, she accepts a plea deal for 26 months time served plus two years probation. The felony remains on her record.

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November 13th, 2006: 34-year-old Rekha Kalawattie Budhai is shot and killed in Dekalb County, GA after she threatens her ex-husband with a knife.

Ms. Kalawattie Budhai and her husband, Mr. Rickheeram are divorced on October 25th, 2006. The judge orders Ms. Budhai to have all of her belongings out of the residence by November 8th. On November 13th, Mr. Rickheeram returned home to find Ms. Budhai’s car in the garage and Ms. Budhai in the house fixing a bagel. Mr. Rickheeram asked Ms. Budhai what she was doing and she responded that she did not have anywhere to go.

In the ensuing emotional crisis and altercation, Ms. Budhai threatens her ex-husband with knife which prompts him to call police. When officers arrive, Ms. Budhai resists orders to drop her knife and flees home to a neighboring residence. Ms. Budhai says she is not supposed to be [at] her husband’s house and that she isn’t going to jail. Ms. Budhai also tells the officers she had been abused by her husband. Multiple witnesses report hearing Ms. Budhai tell police to “shoot me, shoot me.” According to law enforcement, Ms. Budhai likely knew that she would go to jail for violation of her bond conditions if she put down the knife and surrendered to the officers. In court proceedings after her death, the Special Purpose Grand Jury claims that Ms. Budhai's death seems to be a "suicide by cop" incident.

Officers testify that according to the 21-foot knife rule, all three officers were at distances that authorized them to draw their weapons once they enter the second residence and observed Ms. Budhai with the knife. They shoot her there and she dies at the scene. Multiple law enforcement officials testify that Ms. Budhai might still be alive if officers had used stun guns rather than live ammunition. At that time in Dekalb County, only Sergeants are authorized to carry Tasers. There were no Sergeants at the scene.

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November 21st, 2006: 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston is shot and killed in her home by undercover police officers during a "botched" drug raid in Atlanta, GA. "When officers arrived unannounced at her home and attempted to enter [using a no-knock warrant] Johnston fired a shot in self-defense. It went through the screen door but it hit no one. In response, the police opened fire and released 39 bullets, several of which hit Johnston. Afterward, the three Atlanta police officers tried to cover up the fact that the incident was based on an inaccurate report of drug activity in Johnston’s home. One officer planted marijuana in Johnston’s house and cocaine in the evidence file. All three officers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 5 to 10 years for conspiracy to violate civil rights resulting in death. Two of the officers were further charged with voluntary manslaughter and making false statements. The city of Atlanta paid a $4.8 million settlement to Johnston’s family" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhernamereport).

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March 28, 2007: 6-year-old kindergarten student Desre'e Watson is arrested for a temper tantrum at Avon Elementary School in Avon Park, Fla.  School officials calls the local police to subdue the kindergartner. Desre'e attempts to resist officers by crawling under a table. Officers pull her out, cuff her, put her in a police cruiser, and drive her to the county jail. Police Chief Frank Mercurio offers the following by way of justificaton: "when there is an outburst of violence, we have a duty to protect and make that school a safe environment for the students, staff and faculty. That's why, at this point, the person was arrested regardless what the age." Desre'e, a 50-pound child, is charged with a felony and two misdemeanors.

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January 4th, 2008: A SWAT team arrives in the early evening at the home of Tarika Wilson on the Southside of Lima, Ohio to arrest her companion, Anthony Terry. According to eye witnesses, Officers bash in the front door and enter with guns drawn. Police open fire moments later, killing Ms. Wilson and shooting her 14-month-old infant son, Sincere, in the left shoulder and hand.

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November 9th, 2008: Officers respond to the shooting death of 40-year-old trans woman Duanna Johnson in North Memphis, TN.

During the previous summer, a video of former Police Officers verbally and physically abusing Ms. Johnson in a jail holding area is released to the media. Ms. Johnson receives national press when she goes public about her experience of brutality at the hands of Memphis police. The video leads to the eventual firing of Officers McRae and James Swain. It also sparks the formation of Stop Police Brutality Memphis, a coalition of human rights activists who decide to not only respond to the beating of Ms. Johnson, but also to "address the culture of violence and secrecy that permits the brutalization of Memphis' citizens by officers on our police force." Officers find Ms. Johnson's body after responding to a shooting call in North Memphis. Investigators report that three men are seen near the crime scene before the officers arrive. Despite this, police officials claim they have no suspects, make no arrests and do not have a motive for the killing.

In the wake of her death, the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center puts out a call for the investigation and prosecution of Ms. Johnson's murder, stating that “Duanna bravely confronted the Memphis Police Department officers who brutalized her while she was in police custody. At great personal cost, Duanna was the public face of our community’s campaign against racism, homophobia, and transphobia. There was no justice for Duanna Johnson in life."

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November 26th, 2008: FBI Agents raid the home of Artesia West and her 20-year-old daughter Laquisha Turner as part of a mistaken drug and gang sweep. They are looking for Ms. West’s son but he does not live at Ms. West's Richmond, California home.

Ms. West grants agents access to her home for them to search. She attempts to ask them to be careful around her daughter who is wheelchair-bound. FBI agents barge through and do not allow Ms. West to complete her request, “coming in the side door shooting things” as she describes. Two years earlier, Laquisha Turner had been struck by a bullet during a drive-by shooting. She was left quadriplegic as the result of her injuries.

Agents deploy flash grenades and scream at Ms. Turner to “get down.” Turner repeatedly tells them, ‘I can’t get down.’” The flash grenades produce large plumes of smoke designed to distract and disorient targets, making them easier to subdue. Agents detain and question Ms. West while they search her apartment, leaving Ms.Turner in the same room where they had set off the grenades. Ms. Turner is forced to sit and inhale the smoke as she is unable to move her wheelchair. She becomes ill soon after the raid and is hospitalized as a result. She dies a month later.

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September 17, 2009: 24-year-old Mitrice Richardson goes missing after she is released from a Malibu, CA jail around midnight with no belongings or means of transport an despite exhibiting signs of mental illness.

On the night before her disappearance, Ms. Richardson stops to dine at a restaurant in Malibu. The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. from the Malibu/Lost Hills Station is called when she is unable to pay her bill and exhibits "bizarre" behavior. Officers administer a sobriety test and determine that she is not under the influence of any substance. Ms. Richardson calls her great-grandmother who offers to pay her $89 tab. The restaurant manager asserts that the charge requires a signature and refuses to accept her card over the phone. Ms. Richardson is arrested on "suspicion of not paying for the meal" and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Her phone, purse, and money are left in her car which is impounded after her arrest.


Ms. Richardson reportedly attempts to call her great-grandmother, the only number she has memorized, multiple times from jail but does not reach her. Ms. Richardson's mother discovers that her daughter is in jail and calls the station with grave concerns about Mitrice's mental health. Staff assure her that Mitrice will not be released until the following morning so her mother can pick her up. Despite this, Ms. Richardson is released just after midnight, 40 miles from home with no cell phone, no money, and no transportation.
She is spotted a few hours after her release wandering in the backyard of retired KTLA reporter Bill Smith. Following her disappearance, law enforcement and the coroner's office make a series of alarming missteps and outright obstructions, chronicled here: http://www.lamag.com/longform/what-happened-to-mitrice-richardson/. Her partially mummified remains are found 11 months later in Dark Canyon, approx. 2 mi from the last place she was seen alive.
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Sept. 18, 2009: 26-year-old Mother and Morgan State University graduate Starr Brown is pregnant when she is assaulted by police in front of her East Baltimore residence.

Brown is walking home with her young daughter when she witnesses a group of girls attack two other young women in front of her house. Brown goes inside with her child to avoid the fighting. Neighbors call 911 but the attackers flee when Officers Karen Crisafulli and Andrew Galletti arrive. Brown overhears officers yelling at the victims and comes outside to urge that officers chase the attackers who had fled. An argument starts and Galletti lunges at Brown. She grabs the iron railing, but Galletti wraps his arm around Brown's neck. She screams that she is pregnant, but Galletti responds, “[We] hear it all the time.” They slam her on the ground, scraping the skin off of part of her face. She later recounts, " they tossed me like a rag doll. He had his knee on my back and neck. She had her knee on my back trying to put handcuffs on me.” The officers arrest her for obstruction, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault. She fights the charges in District Court in March 2010.

Officers attempt to minimize the incident and Brown’s injuries, telling the judge that her screams drew a crowd and she refused to go back in her house. Crisafulli admits that bystanders had told officers that Brown was pregnant. The testimony of two witnesses confirm Brown’s version of events and the judge acquits her of all criminal charges. She sues in April 2010 and settles the case in March 2011 for $125,000.

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March 4, 2010: 23-year-old Ahjah Dixon is killed while in police custody at the Corsicana Justice Center in Texas.

A former student at Navarro Community College in Corsicana, TX, Ahjah was a theater Major at Duke Ellington school for the arts in DC and at Pace University in NY. Ahjah was a chess master who played chess for four years at the chess forum in lower Manhattan.
An autopsy report reveals that Ahjah had been beaten, with bruises and contusions (lacerated lip, bruises on her upper and lower torso, face and many other parts of her body). This has yet to be explained by local law enforcement.

Isthyme Robinson, Ahjah’s mother, has attempted to get information from Corsicana, Texas since 2012 regarding the death of her daughter. She has petitioned the Dallas Corner’s office for autopsy pictures and video footage which would reveal the nature of her body at the time of her death. Her requests have been ignored. Ms. Robinson describes the emotional devastation of the death of Ahjah as well as the loss of her first born son, Jasun Dixon, who also had a fatal encounter with police, in this way: "Having lost two children to police brutality has been a long walk of loneliness, alienation coupled with grief, indescribable pain, too intense to describe in any words in the human language. After four years, no action has been taken by the Justice Department regarding my request. There is only one thing in the world worse than the loss of your own child and that is the lack of justice for such unthinkable loss."

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May 16th, 2010: 7-year-old Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley-Jones is shot and killed in her sleep by police officer Joseph Weekely during a raid on her grandmother's home in Detroit, Michigan.

Six officers of the Special Response Team (Detroit's SWAT) arrive at the door of Ms. Mertilla Jones' home to execute a no-knock warrant with guns drawn. They are followed by a television crew from A&E filming an episode of The First 48. Thirty-four hours earlier, 17-year-old Je'Rean Blake Nobles had been shot outside a liquor store nearby and an informant had identified a man named Chauncey Owens as the shooter. The informant provided Ms. Jones' address as Mr. Owens apparently lived in the unit above her apartment.

The SWAT team first throws a flash-bang grenade through the window of the lower unit and then kicks open its unlocked wooden door. The grenade lands close enough to burn Aiyana's blanket. Officer Joseph Weekley then leads the team to burst into the house and fires a single shot which strikes Aiyana in the head. In the aftermath of the botched raid, Weekly feeds press the story that he pulled the trigger accidentally during a struggle with Ms. Jones. In contrast, Aiyana's grandmother reports that she reached out to protect her granddaughter when Weekley shot her. Another officer corroborates Ms. Jones' version of events, later testifying that there was no struggle over Weekley's weapon. Although Officer Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter and two lesser charges, juries fail to reach verdicts and the charges are eventually dropped in January 2015. He returns to work in April, 2015.

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January 22nd, 2011: 32-year-old mother-of-four Latricka Sloan is killed when officers perform a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver after she makes a u-turn away from a police checkpoint in Decatur County, GA.

Ms. Sloan is driving her Chevrolet Impala towards a road check around 10:00pm when she makes a U-turn to avoid the blockade. She attempts to drive back towards her home but state troopers spot this and pursue her. When they catch up to Ms Sloan, one officer performs a PIT maneuver to stop her vehicle. The car spins around and flips into a drainage ditch. A witness reports that Ms. Sloan is not traveling fast when this occurs. The witness believed that the officer was going to pass Sloan’s car but instead hit her vehicle. Ms. Sloan is killed in the crash.

It isn't initially clear why Ms. Sloan avoids the road block. After the crash, it is determined that Ms. Sloan was not licensed to drive in Georgia and her Florida license had been revoked. The only reported violations on Sloan’s records were traffic citations. Ms. Sloan's daughter, who spoke with her approximately 30 minutes prior to her death, remembers her mother as "a loving, caring person" who, in her words, stood behind her kids 100%.

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Feb. 19th, 2011: 51-year-old Cheryl Blount-Burton is killed in a car crash by Officer #KristinaHambie in DeKalb County, GA.

Officer Hambie drives her police cruiser 74 mph in a 35 mph zone when she slams into the car carrying Ms. Blount-Burton and her companion #ShelleyScottAmos. Officer Hambie is on duty at the time of the accident but she is not on an emergency call and does not have her blue lights on. She is on her way to lunch. The women, who had been best friends of 20 years, had just left an Avondale Estates thrift store where they had been shopping. Their car is smashed against an electric pole. Both women die in the wreckage at the scene. Police attempt to blame Blount-Burton for the crash, advancing the false narrative that Blount-Burton ran a red light and struck the police car. There is even a ticket given for running a red light at the time of the accident. Despite this, the families of the victims press for more information. They hire their own accident re-constructionist and obtain data from the patrol unit's box which confirms that the patrol car was speeding despite there being no emergency for the officer to respond to.

Officer Hambie is indicted seven months after the incident, but does not go to trial for another four years. During the trial, family members of the deceased point out that Hambie, who had a 5-year-old daughter in 2011, had been able to be out and enjoy life since the accident. Between her indictment and her sentencing on Feb. 5th, 2015, Hambie has two more children, a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old. She uses her children to ask for a lighter sentence. Devron Cunningham, Amos’ eldest son, is in court when Hambie asks for the plea deal. He describes how she pleads for leniency on the stand without offering an apology to either victim's family.  Hambie is given a 10 year sentence with only three to serve.

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Feb. 19th, 2011: Officer Kristina Hambie kills 56-year-old Shelley Scott-Amos and 51-year-old Cheryl Blount-Burton in a car crash in DeKalb County, GA.

Officer Hambie drives her police cruiser 74 mph in a 35 mph zone when she slams into the car carrying #ShelleyScottAmos and her companion #CherylBlountBurton. Officer Hambie is on duty at the time of the accident but she is not on an emergency call and does not have her blue lights on. She is on her way to lunch. The women, who had been best friends of 20 years, had just left an Avondale Estates thrift store where they had been shopping. Their car is smashed against an electric pole. Both women die in the wreckage at the scene. Police attempt to blame Blount-Burton for the crash, advancing the false narrative that Blount-Burton ran a red light and struck the police car. There is even a ticket given for running a red light at the time of the accident. Despite this, the families of the victims press for more information. They hire their own accident re-constructionist and obtain data from the patrol unit's box which confirms that the patrol car was speeding despite there being no emergency for the officer to respond to.

Officer Hambie is indicted seven months after the incident, but does not go to trial for another four years. During the trial, family members of the deceased point out that Hambie, who had a 5-year-old daughter in 2011, had been able to be out and enjoy life since the accident. Between her indictment and her sentencing on Feb. 5th, 2015, Hambie has two more children, a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old. Hambie is given a 10 year sentence with only three to serve. The attorney who represented the families in the suit describes it this way: two women died and one woman is leaving her children to go to prison. "There are no winners here."

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Feb. 19th, 2011: 56-year-old Shelley Scott-Amos is killed in a car crash by Officer #KristinaHambie in DeKalb County, GA.

Officer Hambie drives her police cruiser 74 mph in a 35 mph zone when she slams into the car carrying Mrs. Scott-Amos and her companion #CherylBlountBurton. Officer Hambie is on duty at the time of the accident but she is not on an emergency call and does not have her blue lights on. She is on her way to lunch. The women, who had been best friends of 20 years, had just left an Avondale Estates thrift store where they had been shopping. Their car is smashed against an electric pole. Both women die in the wreckage at the scene. Police attempt to blame Blount-Burton for the crash, advancing the false narrative that Blount-Burton ran a red light and struck the police car. There is even a ticket given for running a red light at the time of the accident. Despite this, the families of the victims press for more information. They hire their own accident re-constructionist and obtain data from the patrol unit's box which confirms that the patrol car was speeding despite there being no emergency for the officer to respond to.

Officer Hambie is indicted seven months after the incident, but does not go to trial for another four years. During the trial, family members of the deceased point out that Hambie, who had a 5-year-old daughter in 2011, had been able to be out and enjoy life since the accident. Between her indictment and her sentencing on Feb. 5th, 2015, Hambie has two more children, a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old. She uses her children to ask for a lighter sentence. Devron Cunningham, Amos’ eldest son, is in court when Hambie asks for the plea deal. He describes how she pleads for leniency on the stand without offering an apology to either victim's family. Hambie is given a 10 year sentence with only three to serve.

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March 14th, 2011: 17-year-old Derrinesha Clay is shot and killed by Officer Brian Rendon while attempting to rob a bank.
A troubled teen who may have been bipolar, Clay is supposed to be living with her mother's godsister, but runs away.
Bank surveillance cameras show Clay alone, wandering around inside the bank around 3:30 a.m. Rendon and two other officers respond to the bank alarm and enter through a broken window. They eventually find the 5-foot-4, 120 pound girl hiding in a storage closet. Rendon pulls her out by her coat into a small room. She is holding a pair of scissors. He and another officer force her to the floor. At this point, Officer Jillian Johnson says Clay is frantic, shaking and repeating, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry." Police officers allege that once the scissors are removed the teen takes out a serrated steak knife and swipes at them. Rendon shoots the girl in the stomach. She is on her knees and no longer resisting when he shoots her again in the head.

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January 23rd, 2012: 43-year-old grandmother Beverly Kirk is killed by Officer Bryan Crenshaw when he slams into her with his police cruiser in Dallas, TX.

Ms. Kirk leaves her daughter's home at 3 a.m. and attempts to cross a street. Officer Crenshaw is following an ambulance, which has its lights and siren activated. Officer Crenshaw, who was responding to the same call, is not running lights or sirens. The speed limit at the crash site is 35 miles an hour. Police decline to release information about the speed of patrol car in the aftermath of the collision but witnesses claim that the car is speeding when it strikes Ms. Kirk.

In a statement following the incident, a Dallas police spokesperson says, “the officer did not have his lights and sirens activated because it is not required for this particular call assignment." In 2008, 10-year-old #ColeBerardi was killed when he tries to cross the street on his bicycle in front of a speeding police car. At the time, Police Chief Kunkle responded to the incident by requiring police to use lights and sirens whenever driving over the speed limit. That policy does not continue under the following Police Chief who presides over the DPD at the time of Ms. Kirk's death. Police initially withhold the name of officer Crenshaw. It is policy to release an officer's name only if and when it is determined that a crime has been committed and an officer is under investigation.

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March 15th, 2012: 30-year-old Shereese Francis is suffocated to death in her Jamaica, Queens home by law enforcement attempting to restrain her. They have been called to the home by her family, who has requested medical attention. Four police officers pursued Francis throughout her home, finally cornering her in a basement bedroom where they subdued her with handcuffs face down on a bed. Her sister Shauna, who witnessed the incident with her mother Eleen, noted that she could see Shereese was struggling to breathe before she went into cardiac arrest. Emergency medical technitians were unable to revive her.

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March 21st, 2012: Rekia Boyd was 22 when she was shot and killed by Dante Servin, an off-duty Chicago police detective. "Dante Servin, the off-duty officer who killed Boyd, was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2015 because the judge thought he should be facing more severe charges... Servin, the officer who shot Boyd, explained in the film that he believes police need to have a certain mindset to be effective at their jobs. 'As police, you have to have a hunter mentality ― in that you have to to be out there, you have to be the predator, you have to hunt crime,' Servin said. 'You have to think like a predator to catch the predators. To be a good policeman, you have to think like that'” (HuffPost).

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April 13th, 2012: Six-year-old kindergartner Salecia Johnson is arrested by Milledgeville, GA police at Creekside Elementary school for throwing a tantrum. School administration calls the police when Salecia cannot be calmed. When an officer tries to subdue her in the principal’s office, Salecia resists and is handcuffed. The child is charged with assault and damage to property. She is also suspended for the remainder of the school year. She is transported to the police station where she is picked up up by her aunt.

Milledgeville Chief of Police Dray Swicord defends law enforcement's actions, stating, “Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that rule.” The traumatic event leaves her with night terrors and a police record.

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June 5th, 2012: 30-year-old Tiffany Rent is eight months pregnant when she is tasered by Chicago Police in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood during a parking dispute.

Rent temporarily parks in a handicapped parking space at a local Walgreens to calm her young daughter. CPD officers pull up and surround her vehicle, preventing her from leaving. Rent tries to explain to CPD officers why she had pulled into the handicapped spot, and that she had intended to leave quickly. CPD officers write her a $200 ticket which she promptly rips up and throws to the ground in protest. CPD officers taser Rent through the window of her car and later deny knowledge of her pregnancy despite Rent informing them two to three times that she is carrying a child. She and her partner (who was in her vehicle at the time) are both charged with resisting arrest and simple assault.

According to doctors, Rent was in the midst of a "high risk" pregnancy due to having lost two babies prior. She recounts that officers laughed at her and stated that they were, in fact, aware that she was pregnant. She recalls: "one of the officers said I deserve it." Another mocked her, advising her to "go get Jesse Jackson."

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June 14th, 2012: 23-year-old Shantel Davis is shot by Officer David Guida in Brooklyn as she attempts to leave the scene of a crash.

Plain clothes officers Detective Phillip Atkins and Daniel Guida pursue Davis in their unmarked vehicle after they notice her run a red light. They chase her through several traffic lights until Davis crashes the vehicle. Davis tries to flee the scene but, after a brief struggle with Officer Guida, he shoots her once in chest. She dies of her wound. She is unarmed.

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July 22, 2012: 35-year-old Alesia Thomas is handcuffed while a veteran police officer hits and kicks her as she is shoved into the back of a squad car in South Los Angeles.

Th incident begins when Thomas leaves her two young children at the LAPD's Southeast station because she feels that she cannot care for them. Officers then pursue Thomas' to her home to try to arrest her on suspicion of child endangerment. Two patrol car cameras capture video of Officer Mary O’Callaghan jabbing at Thomas' throat with an open hand. Later, O'Callaghan repeatedly jams her boot into the Thomas' crotch. Throughout the recording, Thomas gasps for air and asks for an ambulance, repeatedly stating, “I can't move,” and at one point, “I can't breathe.” Minutes later, she loses consciousness. She dies at a hospital.

Although O'Callaghan was charged with assault, she was not charged with Thomas' death.

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October 13th, 2012: 26-year-old Erica Collins is shot and killed by police Officer Matthew Latzy when he responds to domestic dispute involving Ms. Collins and her sister in Cincinnati, OH. Officer Matthew Latzy responds to a 911 call at Ms. Collins' home in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Cincinnati. Collins is threatening to slash her sister's tires with a butcher knife. Officer Latzy tells Collins to drop the knife but she refuses. Ms. Collins stands up to face the officer's commands and is quickly shot twice - once in the head and once in the chest. She dies at the scene.

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Nov. 29, 2012: 30-year-old Malissa Williams is shot two dozen times while riding as a passenger in a car in Cleveland, Ohio.

A police officer mistakes an engine backfiring for gun shots and initiates a 25-minute high speed chase of driver Timothy Russel and companion Williams. As many as 62 police cars join the pursuit at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour through the streets of Cleveland. The chase ends with Williams and Russel cornered in a school parking with 13 officers firing 137 rounds at the vehicle. Twenty-three bullets strike Russell and twenty-four hit Williams. They are both killed. The city settles a wrongful death lawsuit for $3 million and six officers are indicted in the case: five supervisors are charged with dereliction of duty. Brelo, who fired 49 shots at the vehicle, 15 of them from atop the hood, is acquitted of two counts of manslaughter in May 2015. The decision was reached not by a jury, but by Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O'Donnell alone. He gave several reasons for his verdict:

1) The officers' first round of gunfire was permissible because they had reason to believe they and the public were at risk.
2) Brelo's second round was permissible because a reasonable police officer could decide that, even after the 100 shots, the threat might not have been over in part because the pair might still have been moving.
3) While evidence showed Brelo's gunfire caused at least one wound each to Russell and Williams that would have killed either of them, the pair also suffered other lethal wounds, probably from other officers' guns.
4) Since evidence doesn't prove Brelo's shots were the ones that killed the pair, he can't be found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
5) Brelo is also not guilty of the lesser charge of felonious assault because it wasn't necessarily clear the threat was over.

Russel and Williams are both unarmed.


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Dec. 2, 2012: 16-year-old Darnisha Harris is shot and killed by Officer Travis Guillot while driving in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

Guillot and two other officers respond to a 911 call about an outdoor fight. Police contend that they spot the young girl driving erratically, hitting her 2005 Toyota Corolla into the front of a police car. According to police account which is the only narrative that is widely available, the teenager then puts her car in reverse, striking a parked car on the road before driving forward again through a ditch and striking a bystander and another parked car. The bystander suffered moderate injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital. Guillot shoots Ms. Harris twice. It is unclear whether the teen's car was moving when the officer fired. Guillot was previously accused of misconduct while working at three different law enforcement agencies. The incidents include shooting a dog while on patrol, allegedly fondling female inmates and alleged improper treatment of an inmate who died of cocaine intoxication while in custody. A lawsuit regarding the latter allegation was settled out of court.

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December 10th, 2012: Off-duty deputy Louis Campbell shoots and kills 27-year-old Shelly Frey in Houston, TX after he suspects the mother of two is shoplifting.

Frey is shopping in Walmart with two friends when Campbell approaches the trio about stealing merchandise. The ladies flee into the parking lot where Campbell pursues them. Frey gets into her car with two young children in the back to speed away and Campbell follows, firing his weapon and striking Frey in the neck.
She is unarmed.

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January 3rd, 2013: 21-year-old Amber Nashay Carter is killed in a car crash after a police officer attempts to pull her over on a highway in Greensboro, N.C.

Corporal J.L. Barber is driving in front of a black Cadillac motoring at 51 mph in a 60 mph zone. Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller explains that despite Ms. Carter not having violated any laws or doing anything to warrant being pulled over, that she is targeted because "evasive maneuvers (can be) indicators of drug trafficking often times on the highway. It’s something we see and something we train for.” He goes on to describe Ms. Carter's driving as "suspicious" because she refused to pass the officer. The pursuit, caught on the Cpl. Barber's dash cam, shows him maneuvering behind Ms. Carter and turning his lights on in an attempt to pull her over. Ms. Carter refuses to stop and speeds through three red lights, exiting the interstate and fatally crashing her car. After her death, it's discovered that Ms. Carter drove with an expired license which may have contributed to her attempt to escape.

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January 24th, 2013: 60-year-old Barbara Lassere is killed by police after being stopped for driving with a broken headlight.

Police claim that Ms. Lassere not only refuses to get out of her vehicle during the traffic stop, she then waives a gun and drives off. That gun is later recovered at the scene and entered as evidence despite family testifying that Ms. Lassere had never been known to carry a gun. Family members describe Ms. Lassere as being “terrified of police officers." They offer this as context for why Ms. Lassere chose to drive away after being stopped alone, in the middle of the night. Ms. Lassere drives a short distance to her house where she pulls into the driveway. According to testimony in a lawsuit brought against officers involved: “Back-up was called and numerous other employees of the St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff arrived, with multiple cars, canines and riot gear.” Ms. Lassere becomes increasingly confused and frightened as she is surrounded by flashing lights, guns, and dogs, She attempts to respond to numerous conflicting and shouted demands, putting her hands on the steering wheel, outside the driver’s side window and up in the air in front of her. Deputies testify that they hear a “single muffled shot.” This, in fact, coincides with one of the deputies breaking out the rear passenger car window directly behind Ms. Lassere’s head. Ms. Lessere jumps, startled by this, and a woman deputy to whom she’d been talking yells out gun. Another deputy fires several shots into Ms. Lassere, killing her. She is shot without provocation. She dies on the scene. Investigators never test Ms. Lassere's hands for gunpowder residue, nor her gun to see if she had fired it. No officers were hit, and no bullets or casings were recovered from the scene.

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Feb. 12, 2013: 41-year-old Kayla Moore was in her Berkeley, CA apartment when police responded to a disturbance call there. She asphyxiated during a struggle as officers tried to detain her. The Alameda County coroner’s office ruled her death an accident.

Her family's wrongful death lawsuit asserts that police had no cause to arrest Moore and used unreasonable force during the arrest. The trial is set to begin on Monday October 17th, 2016 at the Philip Burton Federal Building in SF. The Justice 4 Kayla Moore coalition has planned an action/gathering to pack the courtroom & show support for Kayla's family. More info: @Justice4KaylaMoore on FB and Twitter.

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May 5th, 2013: Overhead cameras record Officers Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham brutally beating Keyarika Diggles inside Jasper City Jail in Texas.

Officers grab Diggles by the hair, slam her face onto a counter and pin her to the floor before dragging her by the feet into a holding cell. Diggles spends hours there, in the dark, before being strip-searched by police dispatcher Lindsey Davenport. Officers Cunningham and Grissom arrested Diggles at her home earlier that morning for a partially unpaid traffic ticket. A single mother of two, Diggles had struggled to pay down her debt in monthly installments. She owed $100 at the time Grissom and Cunningham came to her doorstep. It remains unclear why officers chose to arrest her that day. Though Diggles received a financial settlement from the city and the police involved were fired from the force, the former officers did not face criminal charges for assaulting her.

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July 21st, 2013: 37-year-old mother Kyam Livingston dies in a crowded cell at the Central Booking Jail in Brooklyn after her pleas for help are ignored for hours by law enforcement.

Police at Central Booking disregard Livingston's complaints of stomach pains and diarrhea. As her condition deteriorates, other inmates begin to bang on the bars calling for help, but police reply that inmates should "shut up before we lose your paper work and you won’t be seen by a judge." There are 15 women in the cell. Inmates eventually clear a bench for Livingston to lie on a she begin to convulse. By the time Emergency Medical Services are finally called, Livingston has been dead for 20 minutes.

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August 27th, 2013: 21-year-old Brenda Hardaway is five months pregnant when she is assaulted by police at her home in Rochester, New York.

Officers are called to assist with a family dispute. While intervening in the arrest of her 16-year-old brother, Hardaway is pinned facedown on the hood of a car by officer Lucas Krull. He punches her on the back of the head and tosses her to the ground. A short portion of Krull's attack is caught on video where Hardaway is shown telling the officers she is pregnant. A year later, Hardaway pleads guilty to second-degree assault for injuring Krull during his attack on her, and is sentenced to six months in jail, and five years of probation. She had already spent two and a half months in jail after her arrest; the remainder of her sentence was two additional months. According to Supreme Court Justice Francis Affronti, Hardaway showed a "total and complete disrespect for authority."

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October 3, 2013: 34-year-old Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist and mother from Stamford, Connecticut, attempts to drive through a White House security checkpoint. She strikes a U.S. Secret Service officer and is chased by the Secret Service to the United States Capitol where she is fatally shot by law enforcement officers.  Carey's infant daughter was found physically unharmed in the backseat.

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November 2, 2013: 19-year-old Renisha McBride crashes her car in the early morning in Detroit and walks approx. three hours to a neighborhood in Dearborn Heights looking for help. Theodore Wafer answers her knock on his front door with a shotgun blast, assuming McBride is a thief breaking into his home.

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February 16th, 2014: 47-year-old mother #YvetteSmith is shot to death in her home by Deputy Daniel Willis with his .223 caliber rifle after opening her front door for police officers in Astrop County, TX. Just after midnight, two sheriff’s deputies are dispatched to a domestic disturbance at the home of Willie Thomas and his live-in girlfriend, Ms. Smith. The 9-1-1 caller alleges that two males are arguing in the presence of a gun. Officers attempt to justify the shooting by alleging that Ms. Smith threatened them with a gun. No evidence corroborates this story.

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March 9th, 2014: 22-year-old Gabriella "Gabby" Nevarez is shot and killed by Sacramento County police officers after ramming her grandmother’s vehicle into a Citrus Heights Police Department car. Nevarez, who according to family may have struggled with mental illness, had just gotten into a disagreement with her grandmother who called 911 to report the stolen her vehicle. Officers fired at least 14 shots into the vehicle. Nevarez died at the scene.

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July 13th, 2014: 50-year-old grandmother Denise Stewart is dragged from her apartment and left topless in a public hallway by a dozen officers responding to a call in Brooklyn, NY.

Ms. Stewart, who uses an oxygen tank and suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, is getting out of the shower when she answers the door in a towel. Police officers claim that they have been called to investigate an accusation of child abuse. A neighbor’s cell phone records as Ms. Stewart is pulled from her doorway and her towel falls, leaving her exposed with only underwear. Stewart’s older son, Kirkland, and daughter, Diamond, try to intervene and are both arrested as well. Ms. Stewart’s 12-year-old daughter is also taken into custody. Police allege that the 12-year-old has injuries on her face and that she claims that her mother and sister hit her with a belt. The 12-year-old daughter later resists leaving the apartment and is arrested, allegedly kicking out a police van window and inuring an officer in the process. The 12-year-old is charged with criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and assaulting a police officer. Ms. Stewart later goes to trial in Brooklyn Criminal Court on charges of assaulting an officer. She is also charged with assaulting her daughter. The circumstances around the arrest are disputed by Ms. Stewart and her attorney, Amy Rameau, who assert that the disturbance call originates from a different unit on an upper floor, and that police respond to the wrong apartment. Rameau adds that the city's Administration for Children's Services were called to investigate but did not find any evidence of neglect, nor injuries to the 12-year-old as police claim. Two and a half years lapse before Ms. Stewart is acquitted.

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June 18th, 2014: 57-year-old grandmother Jannie Ligons is sexually assaulted by police officer Daniel Holtzclaw in Oklahoma CIty, Oklahoma.

Ms. Ligons is pulled over while driving home from a night with friends. She states that she had done nothing wrong when Officer Holtzclaw, a former college football player, forces her to perform oral sex. He is arrested two months later following allegations that he forced at least 13 women, all of whom are black, to perform various sex acts while on duty. Holtzclaw was under investigation by the Oklahoma City police sex crimes unit six weeks before his final crime. Half of the women are assaulted while he is under investigation. The victims range from ages 17 to 58. Ms. Ligons differs from other victims in that she does not have any outstanding warrants or convictions. During his trial it comes to light that Holtzclaw systematically singled out vulnerable women with a criminal history, threatening to arrest them if they did not comply. "All I could see was my life flash before my eyes and his gun in his holster on his right side," says Ms. Ligons. Despite defense attorneys eliminating all eligible black jurors during the selection process, Holtzclaw is found guilty of 18 of the 36 counts against him and is sentenced to 263 years in prison. "Holtzclaw's case is examined as part of a yearlong AP investigation that revealed about 1,000 officers nationwide had lost their licenses for sex crimes or other sexual misconduct over a six-year period. The AP's finding is undoubtedly an under count, since not every state has a process for banning problem officers from re-entering law enforcement, and states that do vary greatly in how they report and prosecute wrongdoers" (from here).

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July 1st, 2014: California Highway Patrol officer Daniel Andrew detains 51-year-old grandmother Marlene Pinnock as she walks on a busy Los Angeles freeway. A passerby records the encounter, documenting how Pinnock is brutally attacked and punched at least nine times during the arrest. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says in a statement that the Officer acted within the law by resorting to force to stop Marlene Pinnock from entering traffic. Though Pinnock receives a large financial settlement and the officer resigns, no criminal charges are filed.

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July 26th, 2014: 27-year-old Rosann Miller is seven months pregnant when an NYPD officer puts her in an illegal chokehold. Cops accuse her and her family of grilling on the sidewalk.

Officers showed up at her East New York home where they approach Miller’s husband, Moses, grilling on a public sidewalk. They instruct him to relocate to the back yard. Mr. Miller refuses to hand over his ID and begins to walk away when officers try to grab him to place him under arrest. Mrs. Miller and her brother, John, attempt to prevent cops from detaining Mr. Miller. A cellphone video captured by a bystander shows the soon-to-be mother resisting an officer’s attempt to cuff her and the officer’s left arm around her neck as her 7-year-old watches. At least one of the officers calls Miller’s husband a "nigger." Following the encounter, Mrs. Miller was given a summons for disorderly conduct. Her brother John is charged with obstruction of justice and harassment. Her husband, Moses Miller was charged with resisting arrest. NYPD guidelines prohibit the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers. This incident occurs less than ten days after the widely publicized chokehold death of Eric Garner on July 17th in Staten Island.

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August 14, 2014: 50-year-old Michelle Cusseaux is killed by Phoenix police officer Sgt. Percy Dupra. Dupra had been called to help transport Cusseaux to a mental health facility. This occured less than a week after Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson.

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October 1st, 2014: 36-year-old Latandra Elligton dies after writing a harrowing letter about life in prison to her family.

On Sept. 21, Latandra Ellington pens a letter to her aunt about prison officer "Sgt. Q" who threatens to beat and murder her. She describes how the officer flips his badge around to obscure his name: "Auntie, no one knows how to spell or say this man’s name. But he goes by Sgt. Q and he works the B Shift a.m." Ellington's aunt calls the Lowell Correctional Institution in Florida on Sept. 30th and talks to an officer who says he will "look after" Ellington. The next day, Ellington—who had seven months left to serve—dies of blunt-force trauma to her stomach consistent with kicking and punching.

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October 2nd, 2014: 39-year-old Tracy Wade is shot and killed after an eight-hour standoff with police at her home in Okolona, Kentucky.
A warrant is issued for Wade's arrest on two probation violations a week prior to her death. Sgt. Eric Culver, Sgt. Paul Humphrey, Officer Brad Harris and Detective Michael Simpson attempt to serve the arrest warrant when Wade resists and indicates she has a weapon and a small child inside her home. Eight hours pass. Just before 11 p.m., officers force entry into her home and open fire. Wade's 18-month-old son is present. Wade is taken to University Hospital where she dies soon after.

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October 6th, 2014: 37-year-old mother Iretha Lilly dies after being tasered by officers during a court hearing in Waco, TX for "uncooperative" behavior.

Ms. Lilly becomes agitated during a proceeding for a shop-lifting charge at the McLennan County Courthouse. Judge Ralph Strother orders Lilly to serve 100 days at the county jail as part of a plea deal. Ms. Lilly's lawyer Paula Allen requests to delay jail time because of Lilly’s children. When Ms. Lilly's court-ordered drug test comes back with positive results, Judge Strother accuses Ms. Lilly of being a "flight risk" and orders her to be transferred to jail. Ms. Lilly resists. Chief McLennan County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cawthon claims only one Taser is used, though multiple deputies are involved in detaining her. Military and law enforcement rated weapons mete out between a 50,000 to 1,000,000 volt per charge. Deputy Cawthon claims he does not know how many times Ms. Lilly is shocked. Ms. Lilly complains of chest pains in a jail cell, approximately an hour before her death. Medical staff at the jail perform two EKG scans but do not recommend to transport her to a local hospital for treatment. It is only when she is found unresponsive around 7pm that she is taken to Providence by ambulance, where she is pronounced dead. Sheriff Parnell McNamara cites HIPAA laws to avoid releasing any information regarding what was found in her medical exam or EKG.

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11/2/2014: 18-year-old teenager Sheneque Proctor is found dead in a jail cell in Bessemer, Alabama less than 24 hours after her arrest.
A recent high school graduate and mother of a 5-month-old son, Proctor is arrested in the early afternoon of November 1st at a hotel party with friends. As many as six officers work in tandem to detain her. She later complains to relatives that at least three of them were especially rough. She is pepper sprayed and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Proctor calls her family for help but her mother cannot afford to post the $235 bail. Proctor is periodically checked on throughout her jail stay. Around 3AM guards note that she is snoring particularly loudly. Some reports suggest that this may be related to her existing problems with asthma. Less than two hours later she is dead.

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November 9th, 2014: 40-year-old Aura Rosser is killed by Officer David Ried in Ann Arbor, Michigan when police respond to a 911 call about a domestic dispute. Police claim Rosser "confronted" them with a knife. Basing his decision on an investigation conducted by Michigan State Police themselves, County Prosecutor Brian Mackie announces that Officer Ried acted in lawful self-defense. No charges are brought against him.

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November 13th, 2014: Police kill 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson outside of her family's home in Cleveland, Ohio during a mental health episode. Her family members, including her 16-year-old daughter, watch as Detective Scott Aldridge and his partner Brian Meyers slam her to the ground and handcuff her. She loses consciousness but officers do not perform first aid. She never wakes up. Tamir Rice, who's story quickly overshadows Anderson's, is killed in Cleveland just 10 days later.

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November 14th, 2014: 33-year-old Shonda Mikelson is killed by Boyceville, WI police when she displays a replica handgun and rifle to a plain clothes officer. The officer fires his gun and strikes Ms. Mikelson in the chest. The officer is not injured and goes on "standard" administrative leave following the incident.

The vast majority of news articles written about Ms. Mickelson's death focus primarily on an unrelated police investigation of allegations that Ms. Mikelson embezzled large sums of money from the construction firm where she worked as an Office Manager (through company credit cards and "unauthorized overtime"). There is little to no information about the police shooting that resulted in her death. Despite claims that the Barron County sheriff's office is investigating the incident that led to police shooting and killing her, Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson claims that "sadly, we'll never know what [Ms. Mikelson] was thinking or what transpired." There is only one image readily available of Ms. Mikelson online. It is too small and of too poor quality to use as reference for a recognizable portrait.

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January 26th, 2015: Charlena Michelle Cooks is 8-months-pregnant when officers assault her for refusing to provide identification in Barstow, CA.

An argument develops between a female employee and Ms. Cooks after she drops her second-grader off at elementary school. The school employee calls the police because she does not like how Ms. Cooks is driving, alleging that Ms. Cooks came out of her vehicle to bang on her window and scare her.

One of the two officers that responds finds that no "crime" has been committed but opts to follows up with Ms. Cooks to investigate anyway. Ms. Cooks confirms that the employee did not like her driving but denies the other allegations. The female employee is allowed to give her version of events without interruption. She is not asked for identification. Ms. Cooks, in contrast, is interrupted while attempting to explain what happened and asked to provide ID. She refuses. The officer contends that he has legal right to ask. Ms. Cooks responds that she intends to investigate whether or not that is true and calls her partner to do so. The officer informs Ms. Cook that she has two minutes to do so. Less than 30 seconds later, officers slam Ms. Cooks to the ground, pinning her face down. She screams that she is pregnant and pleads for them to stop. An officer's body camera records as he handcuffs her and charges her with resisting arrest. In the months that follow, a judge dismisses her charges. Ms. Cooks reports that despite this, at least one of the officers involved has driven by her home on more than one occasion to intimidate her. A week prior to the ACLU reaches a settlement with two brothers, also from Barstow, that nets each $15,000.00 and requires the local police department to issue a memo stating citizens are not required to identify themselves, with the exception of drivers questioned during traffic stops.

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February 8, 2015: 37-year-old mother #NatashaMcKenna is prounced dead when she is removed from life support after five days in the Inova Fairfax Hospital in VA.

McKenna was held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center by the local County police and sheriff. Her death is captured on film as half a dozen officers try to restrain her (a petite woman standing at 5'4" and weighing 130 lbs) to attempt to transfer her to another facility. She is tasered four times while she is handcuffs and legs shackles. Less than 20 minutes into the encounter, McKenna suffers a cardiac arrest and loses consciousness. She never wakes up. No criminal charges are brought against the deputies involved as the Virginia medical examiner's office officially declares her death an "accident."

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February 19th, 2015: Officer Anthony Holzhauer fires two shots at 20-year-old Janisha Fonville during a domestic dispute in Charlotte, NC. Witnesses state that the approx. 5 ft. tall Fonville posed no immediate threat and that officers should not have resorted to the use of lethal force. No charges are brought against Holzhauer as the DA concludes that the officer acted lawfully.

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March 8th, 2015: 43-year-old Monique Jenee Deckard is killed by police after they arrive at her Anaheim, CA home to investigate a stabbing at a local laundromat.

Earlier that day, relatives of Ms. Deckard call the APD to request a welfare check on Ms. Deckard. Family members are concerned about her due to Ms. Deckard's history of mental illness and their unsuccessful attempts to contact her. Relatives resort to calling Anaheim police to report Ms. Deckard's unusual behavior and to request assistance. Officers respond to her residence but do not locate her.
Two hours later, Ms. Deckard is accused of stabbing a woman at a local laundromat and then returning home to her apartment. The woman who is stabbed survives. Officers circle back to Ms. Deckard's residence, this time to investigate the attack. Ms. Deckard indicates that she does not intend to come out and opts to speak to officers through her closed apartment door. An Anaheim Police Tactical Negotiator is requested to the scene. According to police accounts, Ms. Deckard emerges from the apartment armed with two knives before the negotiator arrives. There are at least a half dozen officers on the scene, an unknown number of whom open fire and strike Ms. Deckard with an unknown number of shots. She is transported to a local hospital where she dies of her injuries shortly after her arrival. At least one eye-witness gives testimony which contradicts the official police account of Ms. Deckard's death. The incident is captured on police body cameras from the scene but has yet to be released.

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March 28th, 2015: 26-year-old mother of three is shot and killed by police officer Roger Garcia in Oxnard, California.

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March 30th, 2015: 27-year-old Mya Hall is shot and killed after mistakenly driving through a NSA headquarters security checkpoint in Baltimore, MD. A trans woman of color, the violence continues after her death as she and the friend that she drove with are repeatedly referred to as two “men dressed as women” by most media outlets. Expertly broken down here.

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April 30th, 2015: Atlanta police officers Jeffery Cook and Omar Thyme detain 26-year-old mother of two Alexia Christian for possession of a stolen vehicle. Officers handcuff Christian (both her wrists & behind her back) and transfer her to the rear of their patrol car. Minutes later, after a police shoot out, Christian is dead.

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May 15th, 2015: Nicola Robinson is 8-months-pregnant when a law enforcement officer assaults her outside of her Chicago home.

Ms. Robinson observes a foot chase involving several officers and an individual suspected of dealing drugs. Police are unable to catch up with the man and he gets away. Ms. Robinson laughs when she witnesses the individual escape along with other bystanders. An officer then approaches her, shoves her, and then punches her hard in the right side of her stomach. She is holding her one-year-old son at the time. Ms. Robinson's sister witnesses the assault, which is also recorded on her apartment complex's video surveillance system. In addition to the physical violence, the officer verbally abuses Ms. Robinson, calling her a "black bitch"  who should be grateful that he didn't hit hard enough to cause a miscarriage. Ms. Robinson spends five hours at a nearby hospital following the attack until she is cleared to return home.

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June 5th, 2015: 15-year-old #DajerriaBecton is invited to a pool party in Craig Ranch North Community Pool in mcKinney, TX. While complying w/ Corporal Eric Casebolt's orders to immediately vacate the premises (despite her belongings being inside the facility) he slams her to the ground, kneels on her back, and pulls her hair. He draws a gun on fellow black party-goers, as well. She and her friends are not involved with argument that breaks out at the pool between a white mom yelling racial comments such as, “Go back to your plantation” and “Go back to your Section 8 housing” at one of the Black teens. The event is caught on video and shared widely on social media.

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June 15th, 2015: 26-year-old elementary school teacher Breaion King is slammed to the ground twice during an arrest for driving 15 mi over the speed limit during her lunch hour in Austin, Texas.

Police dash-cam video shows one of the officers throwing Ms. King to the ground during a traffic stop. A second video taken from inside the police car after Ms. King is arrested records another officer suggesting that black people have "violent tendencies" and that’s "why a lot of white people are afraid of them." “Ninety-nine percent of the time, when you hear about stuff like that, it is the black community that is being violent," Officer Spradlin says. "That’s why a lot of the white people are afraid, and I don’t blame them." Less than 10 seconds elapses between Officer’s Richter’s first request for Ms. King to put her legs in the car and his decision to rip her out of the vehicle forcefully. Officer Richter is seen on video throwing Ms. King, who weighs less than 120 lbs, to the ground twice as she yells, “Oh my God, why are you doing this to me?” In the aftermath, Ms. King shares with reporters that she was "genuinely fearful" for her life during the incident and that she "literally didn't understand what was happening." She claims that she has "become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me." One of Ms. King’s attorneys, Erica Grigg, states that her client was terrified and ashamed of what had happened. “She was just so embarrassed and horrified and scared quite frankly to come forward and complain,” Grigg says. Grigg goes on to state: “I was heartbroken because I looked at that video and thought that would never happen to me as a white woman ... It’s what I believe; I don’t think it would’ve escalated the way it did had she been white.”

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July 10th, 2015: 28-year-old Sandra Bland is arrested by Officer Brian Encina after failing to signal while changing lanes. She is found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas less than 72 hours later.

More here: https://www.thenation.com/article/what-happened-to-sandra-bland/

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July 14, 2015: 18-year-old Kindra Chapman is found dead in a Homewood, AL jail cell after she is arrested and accused of robbery.

On the night of Ms. Chapman's arrest, police are called to investigate a report of a person with a gun, a call that is later changed to attempted robbery. A description is released to officers who later arrest Ms. Chapman at a nearby apartment complex. Ms. Chapman is taken back to the original location, where police claim that would-be victim identifies Ms. Chapman as the person who tried to rob him of his iPhone. Ms. Chapman is booked into the Homewood City Jail just after 6pm that evening on a first-degree robbery charge. She has access to a telephone to call for help with making bail but is unable to contact anyone. After booking, Ms. Chapman is placed into a cell while officers transport several other inmates from the jail to the Homewood Municipal Court for hearings. Video from the cell shows Ms. Chapman appearing highly agitated. She remains in the cell alone until she is discovered just before 7:45 p.m., allegedly having made a noose with a bed sheet. She is transported to a local hospital where she is pronounced dead at 8:36 p.m.

Days after her death, six Black Lives Matter protesters are arrested in Homewood after gathering outside the city jail in protest. Four women and two men are taken into custody after they block traffic on Highway U.S. 31, refusing to move. One of the six is tasered by police. Activists and news media compare Ms. Chapman's death to that of #SandraBland, the 28-year-old woman found dead in a Texas jail one week prior.

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July 22, 2015: 50-year-old Joyce Curnell is found dead in her cell 27 hours after she is arrested at Roper Hospital.

Curnell had been taken by ambulance to the hospital from her home after complaining of nausea and vomiting. She is diagnosed with gastroenteritis in the emergency room. A bench warrant for unpaid court fines is discovered at some point during her hospital stay and law enforcement is called. She is taken out of the hospital and delivered to the Charleston County Jail in South Carolina. Curnell is placed in a housing unit instead of being taken to the jail’s medical facility. She is given a trash bag to vomit into because she is too weak to visit the restroom. She is too ill to eat breakfast or call for help the following morning. She is not given water or intravenous fluids. Curnell was placed on a payment plan in April 2012 to pay 2,193.90 in fines related to a shoplifting case. She and an acquaintance had stolen $20 worth of candy bars and beer from a neighborhood convenience store. Curnell scraped together funds to make regular installments, sometimes as little as $25 a month, until January 2013 when she submitted one final payment of $20. She still owed $1,148.90 when a warrant was issued in August 2014.

A local doctor told Curnell’s family that her death could likely have been prevented if she had been properly treated for dehydration and the irritation of her stomach and intestines. Dr. Maria Gibson of Medical University Hospital explains: “simply put: Ms. Curnell died because she was deprived of water.”

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July 26th, 2015: 37-year-old Ralkina Jones is found dead early Sunday morning in a Cleveland Heights, Ohio jail cell.

Ms. Jones is arrested the preceding Friday for an altercation with her ex-husband. He declines to press charges. After being booked, Ms. Jones informs officers that she suffers from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which causes lightheadedness and fainting upon standing up, and that she is taking medication for seizures, ADHD, and depression. She also states that she has sustained a brain injury as a result of abuse from her ex-husband, the man who Ms. Jones is accused of assaulting the night of her arrest. Family members report that Ms. Jones suffered from a heart murmur as well. She is given prescription medication, but on Saturday evening a staff member of the jail notices that Ms. Jones appears lethargic. She is taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment but is returned to jail later that same evening. Paramedics are called to check her vitals just after midnight, now Sunday morning, but everything is reported as normal. Ms. Jones is allegedly monitored throughout the night during routine jail checks. Despite this, she is found unresponsive in her cell bed just after 7am on Sunday. Police body camera footage records Ms. Jones stating "I don't want to die in your cell" approximately 15 hours before her body is found.

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July 28th, 2015: 42-year-old mother Raynette Turner is found dead in a jail cell in Mount Vernon, NY following her arrest for petty larceny.

According to Police officials, Ms.Turner is taken into custody 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon after she is accused of shoplifting from a local wholesale food store. She is put in a holding cell to await charges after her arrest. While in jail, Ms. Turner is taken by ambulance to Montefiore Mount Vernon hospital Sunday evening after complaining that she does not feel well. She is treated for high blood pressure and returned by ambulance to the cell a few hours later. Police officials claim that cell blocks are monitored by video and checked hourly. According to police accounts, Ms. Turner is last seen awake the following Tuesday between noon and 1 p.m. She is found dead at 2 p.m. when officers try to wake her for her arraignment. "After incidents like this you should have the local governments that operate holding cells question the wisdom of holding people arrested for minor crimes over the weekend,” states Corey Stoughton, a senior staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union. He continues, “you have to ask why someone accused of petty theft has to spend three days in jail before even seeing a judge.” Osvaldo Gonzalez, attorney for Ms. Turner's husband, describes the situation: “We know she was requesting medical treatment and it seems that, at some level, the system and the protocols that the city was following failed.” Gonzales asserts that supervisors of holding cells should have the same responsibility as prisons to provide adequate medical and mental health care. A spokeswoman for the Montefiore Mount Vernon care facility claims that they see inmates from Mount Vernon on a case-by-case basis but that they have no formal agreement with the city to care for people held in the jail.

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August 12th, 2015: 30-year-old Redel Jones is shot and killed after police alledge that she commited a robbery in Los Angeles, CA.

According to LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar, police receive a call about a pharmacy robbery just before 2pm. Pharmacy employees state the suspect is a woman who is carrying a large knife. The woman purportedly hands a note to a cashier demanding money and then leaves with a cash-filled envelope. Officers search the area and find Ms. Jones, (who they claim fits the description of the suspect) about 20 minutes later in a nearby alley. The officers shoot and kill Ms. Jones in the ensuing pursuit. Aguilar initially reports that it is not clear why the officers choose to shoot her. An LAPD internal report states that officers are chasing Ms. Jones when she suddenly stops and turns towards them. According to the report, one of the officers uses his Taser which he claims does not have any affect on Ms. Jones. Armed with a knife, she allegedly advances toward one of the officers when they open fire. No other individuals are injured during the robbery or the shooting.

A witness to Ms. Jone's death recounts a different version of events, stating that she could see from the side view mirror of her car that that Ms. Jones was clearly running from the officers when they shoot her. The witness tells a local newspaper that she is shaken by what she has seen. She says she does not understand why police choose to shoot Ms. Jones, even if she had robbed the pharmacy. LAPD investigators say they intend to speak with the witness to find out what she saw. Ms. Jones is the 25th person shot and the 13th person killed in LA by the police that year. The total number of deaths caused by the LAPD rests at 19 by the end of 2015, more than any other police force in the country.

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Sept. 5th, 2015: 28-year-old India Kager is killed by police in a hail of gunfire in Virginia Beach, VA. Kager and her partner Angelo Perry are shot to death in their vehicle by law enforcement officers less than three hours after they arrive into town. According to local police, Kager, who lived in Maryland, is fatally shot by mistake. Police fire 30 rounds into the car, narrowly missing Kager's four-month- old son Roman, who happens to be in the backseat. Six months after the shooting the VA State Attorney announces that the four SWAT officers involved in Kager's death will not be charged.

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October 26th, 2015: 16-year-old Shakara is slammed to the ground by Officer Ben Fields for refusing to leave her classroom in Columbia, South Carolina.

A School Resoure Officer responds when Shakara does not put her mobile phone away quickly enough during her algebra class. She refuses orders to leave class from both a teacher and a vice principal because “she thought it was an unfair punishment.” The assault, which is recorded by classmate #NiyaKenny, shows Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields, or "Officer Slam," hovering over Shakara before upending her desk and placing her in a chokehold. Officer Fields then knocks her to the floor and drags her across the classroom before she is handcuffed. The violence leaves the 16-year-old with a cast on her right arm, injuries to her neck and back and a carpet burn on her forehead. “She’s bruised and battered and hurt — physically and emotionally,” states her attorney Todd Rutherford. “She could have been left alone,” he continues, “She wasn’t yelling. She wasn’t disrupting the class. She wasn’t a threat to anyone.” 18-year-old Niya Kenny is also taken out of class by Fields. Though video footage of the attack leads to Officer Fields being fired, both girls still faced misdemeanor charges for “disturbing schools” which carry up to a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail. The charges against both girls are dropped on September 2nd, 2016 but former officer Ben Fields is not jailed and school administrators who were involved are not fired, counseled, or reprimanded. Both Shakara and Ms. Kenny move to other schools after Spring Valley students hold a demonstration in support of Fields. As she is a minor, Shakara is only identified by her first name. No clear photos of Shakara appear online other than stills from the video of her assault which goes viral after the attack.

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October 26th, 2015: 18-year-old Spring Valley High student Niya Kenny is arrested when she films School Resource Officer Ben Fields, A.K.A. "Officer Slam," violently arrest her classmate #Shakara in Columbia, South Carolina.

Ms. Kenny is arrested and charged with a misdemeanor crime when she films Officer Ben Fields violently slam her classmate down during their algebra class. The law says it is unlawful to “interfere with or to disturb in any way or in any place the students or teachers of any school or college in this State,” or to “loiter about such school or college premises,” or “to act in an obnoxious manner thereon,” or “to enter upon any school or college premises or loiter around the premises, except on business, without the permission of the principal or president in charge.” She is released from custody after posting $1,000 bail.

Current and former students report that former Officer Fields has a history of abusive behavior. He is sued in 2007 for excessive force, but a federal jury ruled in his favor. There is also a federal civil rights lawsuit involving Fields falsely accusing a black Spring Valley High School student of being in a gang, leading to the student's expulsion. As noted in the previous post, the charges against both girls are dropped on September 2nd, 2016 but former Officer Fields is not jailed and school administrators who were involved are not fired, counseled, or reprimanded. Following her arrest, Ms. Kenny is suspended. She and Shakara move to other schools after Spring Valley students hold a demonstration in support of Fields.

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January 11th, 2016: 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen dies alone in a Kentucky detention center after less than 24 hours in custody. "Formally declared a tragic accident resulting from a rare, and undiscovered, heart condition, McMillen ... was found dead after just one night at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center. However, in that one night she was tackled and pinned for over four minutes after she refused to take off her sweatshirt during a search. She was also placed in a cell alone and then largely forgotten about despite being notably unresponsive, a strong warning sign that something was not right. In the morning, Gynnya McMillen lay dead" (http://www.aapf.org/sayhername). It's unclear whether Ms. McMillen was placed in a cell alone or had been intentionally isolated in solitary confinement. Kentucky is 1 of 10 states that either have no limit or allow for indefinite solitary confinement for juveniles as a form of punishment (https://ebwiki.org/articles/gynnya-mcmillen). Following the girl's death, the State admits Gynnya should never have been incarcerated to begin with in May, 2016. In August, it comes to light that two former employees of the detention center, supervisors Reginald Windham and Victor Holt, "knowingly recorded false information" on room observation sheets 15 and 17 times, respectively, on the night of Jan. 10 and the next morning. A federal lawsuit is filed against jail staff and state officials in September. According the the suit, "surveillance video shows Windham staring through a window for 18 seconds, witnessing 'her last gasps and dying breaths and final uncontrollable movements and seizure.'" According to attorneys, Mr. Windham then turns around and walks away (https://ebwiki.org/articles/gynnya-mcmillen). Full footage of Ms. McMillen's incarceration and the events leading to her death has not been made public despite FOIA requests and a petition to the Governor of Kentucky.

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January 27th, 2016: 31-year-old Janet Wilson is shot and killed by Cpl. James Wade during a traffic stop in Dearborn, Michigan.
According to police accounts, Ms. Wilson attempts to hit two mall security guards with her Chevrolet SUV before she brings her vehicle to a stop, allowing officers including Cpl. Wade to exit their vehicles and approach her. Ms. Wilson has a history of mental illness and reportedly doesn’t take her medication regularly. Cpl. Wade positions himself at the right front passenger side of the vehicle with his gun drawn and pointed at Ms. Wilson. Within moments of approaching her vehicle, Wade discharges his firearm several times, striking Ms. Wilson repeatedly. Multiple witness accounts obtained from state police through a Freedom of Information Act request describe how Wade opens fire when Ms. Wilson begins to drive away. According to the $10M lawsuit for excessive force filed by her family, Ms. Wilson did not present an immediate threat of harm to Wade, his fellow officers, or the general public when she was killed.

State police, Dearborn officials, and the Wayne County Prosecutor's office refuse to release dash-cam footage of the incident, citing concerns that it would violate the privacy rights of a person who was arrested in the video. Police also claim that the footage is exempt from release because it is part of Wade's personnel file.

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February 12th, 2016: 32-year-old Sahlah Ridgeway is shot and killed by police in Syracuse, NY after she refuses to follow officer commands.
According to police reports, two uniformed officers respond to a 911 caller around 8:30 p.m. who reports drugs are being sold on the third floor of their apartment complex. Police arrived at the residence and split up. One Officer, Ettinger stays at the front of the building while fellow Officer Jeremy Decker runs to the rear. Officer Decker claims to encounter a group of people there, including a woman carrying a shotgun who is later identified as Ms. Ridgeway. Ms. Ridgeway flees toward the front of the building and Decker alerts Ettinger via radio. Police allege that Ettinger confronts Ms. Ridgeway and orders her to drop the weapon multiple times. Ettinger claims that Ms. Ridgeway does does not comply and he shoots and kills her as a result.

After her death, news and social media paint Ms. Ridgeway as a violent, thuggish drug dealer. Her family stresses during an interview following her death that this portrayal is inaccurate. "They're trying to portray my daughter as some kind of gangster. She's never been a gangster," Ms. Ridgeway's mother, Carsundra Ridgeway, states. "Sahlah isn't anything but a bunch of excitement. A little kid at heart. She loved to be around kids." In numerous Facebook posts before police kill her, Ms. Ridgeway shares openly about being biopolar, being treated at a local hospital, and having suicidal thoughts. She also shares about her love of music, about her search for work, and that she had just been hired to start a new job.

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February 21st, 2016: 31-year-old Kisha Michael, a single mother of three boys, is shot and killed when police open fire on her and her companion #MarquintanSandlin, a single father of four, in a vehicle in Inglewood, CA. Authorities initially allege that Ms. Michael is armed, but in later statements the mayor clarifies that she and her companion were unconscious when police attempted to confront them. Officers respond to a call reporting a vehicle that is stopped in an intersection in Inglewood around 3 a.m. Earlier the night before, Ms. Michael and her companion had each arranged childcare with family members to enjoy a night out. The pair was allegedly too intoxicated to drive and had fallen asleep in the vehicle. When officers arrive, they claim to observe Ms. Michael in possession of a gun. Her sister maintains that Ms. Michael had never owned a firearm.

The police cannot rouse the pair do they call the SWAT team and at least one armored car who orders Ms. Michael and Mr. Sandlin to exit the car through a megaphone. Police do not say what prompts their shooting but officers quickly open fire on Ms. Michael and Mr. Sandlin after the couple is reported to have woken up. Shell casings at the scene indicate military grade rifles are used. Mr. Sandlin is taken to a local hospital where he later dies from his injuries. Ms. Michael is pronounced dead at the scene.

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March 31st, 2016: 15-year-old Ashaunti Butler dies alongside two of her friends, #DominiqueBattle, 16 and #LaniyaMiller, 15, inside of a car that crashes and sinks into an overgrown pond at 4 a.m. in Pinellas County, Florida.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office claims that a gold Honda was reported stolen in St. Petersburg the night before the crash. According to the sheriff's office, the girls ask a stranger for a ride. The man stops around 8:30 p.m. at a Walmart and leaves the girls in the car with the keys. When he exits the store, the girls and the car are gone. According to police reports, A sheriff's sergeant spots the vehicle driving without its headlights in Clearwater, FL., the following morning around 3:30 a.m. Deputies pursue the car but without using their emergency lights. The car enters a cemetery, misses a bend in the road, and accelerates straight into the pond. Deputies claim that they cannot reach the car as it sinks and fills with water. All three girls drown inside. Police car dashcam shows officers at the scene discussing whether the teens are screaming as the car sinks: “They’re done,” a deputy said in the one-minute clip. “They’re done. They are 6-7, dude." “I thought I heard yelling,” another one said." There is no dashcam evidence that officers attempt to rescue the girls.

Together with her legal team, Laniya's mother Natasha Winker conducts her own investigation and discover inconsistencies in the police accounts of the incident. Family members also question why officers did not attempt to save the girls. Sherrif Gualtieri defends his deputies, asserting that the girls were not "good kids" and that the officers did everything by the book.
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March 31st, 2016: 16-year-old Domonique Battle dies alongside her two friends, #LaniyaMiller, 15, and #AshauntiButler, 15, inside of a car that crashes and sinks into an overgrown pond at 4 a.m. in Pinellas County, Florida.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office claims that a gold Honda was reported stolen in St. Petersburg the night before the crash. According to the sheriff's office, the girls ask a stranger for a ride. The man stops around 8:30 p.m. at a Walmart and leaves the girls in the car with the keys. When he exits the store, the girls and the car are gone. According to police reports, A sheriff's sergeant spots the vehicle driving without its headlights in Clearwater, FL., the following morning around 3:30 a.m. Deputies pursue the car but without using their emergency lights. The car enters a cemetery, misses a bend in the road, and accelerates straight into the pond. Deputies claim that they cannot reach the car as it sinks and fills with water. All three girls drown inside. Police car dashcam shows officers at the scene discussing whether the teens are screaming as the car sinks: “They’re done,” a deputy said in the one-minute clip. “They’re done. They are 6-7, dude." “I thought I heard yelling,” another one said." There is no dashcam evidence that officers attempt to rescue the girls.

Together with her legal team, Laniya's mother Natasha Winker conducts her own investigation and discover inconsistencies in the police accounts of the incident. Family members also question why officers did not attempt to save the girls. Sherrif Gualtieri defends his deputies, asserting that the girls were not "good kids" and that the officers did everything by the book.

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March 31st, 2016: 15-year-old Laniya Miller dies alongside two of her friends, #DominiqueBattle, 16 and #AshauntiButler, 15, inside of a car that crashes and sinks into an overgrown pond at 4 a.m. in Pinellas County, Florida.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office claims that a gold Honda was reported stolen in St. Petersburg the night before the crash. According to the sheriff's office, the girls ask a stranger for a ride. The man stops around 8:30 p.m. at a Walmart and leaves the girls in the car with the keys. When he exits the store, the girls and the car are gone. According to police reports, A sheriff's sergeant spots the vehicle driving without its headlights in Clearwater, FL., the following morning around 3:30 a.m. Deputies pursue the car but without using their emergency lights. The car enters a cemetery, misses a bend in the road, and accelerates straight into the pond. Deputies claim that they cannot reach the car as it sinks and fills with water. All three girls drown inside. Police car dashcam shows officers at the scene discussing whether the teens are screaming as the car sinks: “They’re done,” a deputy said in the one-minute clip. “They’re done. They are 6-7, dude." “I thought I heard yelling,” another one said." There is no dashcam evidence that officers attempt to rescue the girls.

Together with her legal team, Laniya's mother Natasha Winker conducts her own investigation and discover inconsistencies in the police accounts of the incident. Family members also question why officers did not attempt to save the girls. Sherrif Gualtieri defends his deputies, asserting that the girls were not "good kids" and that the officers did everything by the book. According to Ms. Winkler, Laniya had hoped to become an attorney someday. “My daughter was not perfect. What 15-year-old is?” Winkler said. “She should not be remembered as a thief. That's not who she was. None of these kids deserved to die.”

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May 10th, 2016: 22-year-old mother Symone Nicole Marshall dies in police custody after she spends two weeks in at Huntsville, TX jail cell following a rollover car crash.

Ms. Marshall, a recent transplant from Detroit, borrows her boyfriend’s cousin’s car to run an errand with a friend. Ms. Marshall and her companion are traveling through Walker County when they are involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash. Police make the decision to arrest both women when they allegedly find cocaine in the vehicle and Ms. Marshall fails to satisfactorily identify herself. Neither are taken to the hospital or treated for possible injuries.

Ms. Marshall's friend is able to post bond and leave jail the next day. Ms. Marshall, however, is unable to come up with $5,000 and remains incarcerated for approx. two additional weeks. Her sister reports: "Symone moved to Texas for a fresh start in life ... She was doing good down there, had a job and was about to buy a house." Her sister continues: "When I talked to her from jail, she complained that her head was hurting and she kept blacking out." Ms. Marshall's sister "called the jail several times and requested for them to take her to a real hospital and they wouldn't do so." On May 10th, police claim that Ms. Marshall was up and about and had eaten early although she was reportedly not hungry around lunch. Officers also claim that Ms. Marshall had attempted 22 phone calls that day, with only three going through. According to the police account of events, Ms. Marshall eventually lays down on a bunk and begins convulsing. Inmates then alert jail staff and Ms. Marshall is taken to nurses. EMTs eventually transport Ms. Marshall to a hospital where she dies of a blood clot in her lung. Police report that jail video systems record Ms. Marshall's final moments but the footage has yet to be released. Ms. Marshall leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter.

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May 19, 2016: 29-year-old #JessicaWilliams is killed by a San Francisco police sergeant. Williams is in a car identified as having been stolen. She refuses to leave the car and allegedly tries to drive away. According to all reports, Williams does not drive towards the officer. She is not driving at all when she is killed. She is unarmed. According to police, “Williams drove away after officers tried to talk to her, but crashed into a parked utility truck about 100 feet away. She continued to disobey police instructions, and the sergeant then fired one shot and killed her as she sat in the car."

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July 28th, 2016: 14-year-old #BreshaMeadows allegedly kills her abusive father Jonathan Meadows while he sleeps. After numerous unanswered pleas for help as well and failed attempts to run away, Bresha justified her final endeavor to flee the violence (two months prior to the incident) stating that "her father was beating her mother and threatening to kill the whole family." Bresha’s father had a long history of inflicting severe abuse on his wife Brandi, Bresha's mother. He had terrorized his family for decades.
A child survivor of domestic abuse living at the intersection of state and domestic violence, Bresha is now being held in a juvenile detention center in Warren, Ohio, where she faces aggravated murder charges. If she is tried as a youth, she risks rampant abuses in the juvenile system, including a high chance of isolation in solitary confinement. If Bresha is tried as an adult, she risks direct transfer to an adult prison in Ohio. Young people incarcerated in adult prisons face horrifying rates of sexual and physical violence. If convicted as an adult, she faces the possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison. Even if Bresha is acquitted of all charges, once she’s prosecuted as an adult, any future charges will track her into the adult system.

Text paraphrased and/or borrowed directly from: BreshaMeadows.com & https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/free-bresha-meadows

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August 1st, 2016: 23-year-old mother of two Korryn Gaines is shot and killed by police in Randallstown, Maryland.

Police officers arrive at Gaines' apartment to serve an arrest warrant relating to an earlier traffic violation. According to police accounts, they attempt to gain entry by knocking at the door for at least 10 minutes but they are met with no response. Officers obtain a key to the apartment and force entry, finding Gaines seated on the floor cradling her 5-year-old son and a shotgun. An hours-long standoff ensues which Gaines live streams on her Facebook page. Police reach out with an emergency request that Facebook (and Instagram) deactivate her accounts. The social networking company complies. Officers follow this by opening fire, killing Gaines and wounding her five-year-old son, Kodi, who is struck in the arm by bullets. He is also treated for bullet fragments in his face. Activists note that the incident sets a dangerous precedent, as social media is one of the most effective tools that those protesting police terror have to control narratives.

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October 18th, 2016: 66-year-old #DeborahDanner is shot to death in her Bronx apartment when NYPD sergeant Hugh Barry responds to a 911 call from neighbors in her building. Danner, who has a history of mental illness, is naked and wields first a pair of scissors, then a bat. The officer was armed with a taser but did not use it. Her murder is compared to the killing of #EleanorBumpurs.

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10/31/2016: 39-year-old graduate of Loyola University School of Law and mother of a teenage son Michelle Shirley is shot and killed by police at a gas station in Torrance, CA. Police respond to a 9-1-1 call that describes a woman driving erratically. Police locate and proceed to chase Shirley for nearly 10 minutes, finding her in the throws of a mental health emergency. She is likely not taking any of the prescribed medications to treat her bi-polar disorder. She is unarmed.

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December 21st, 2016: 46-year-old mother Jacqueline Craig is violently arrested along with her daughter and niece when she calls police to respond to a neighbor assaulting her 7-year-old son in Fort Worth, TX.

Video footage of the event begins with an officer speaking to the white man accused of assaulting Ms. Craig’s son. After speaking with him, Ms. Craig tells the officer that the man “grabbed and choked” her son, allegedly because the young boy “defied” him. She asserts that the man should have approached her rather than put hands on her son. The officer retorts, “Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” Ms. Craig responds, “He can’t prove to me that my son littered, but it doesn’t matter if he did or didn’t, it doesn’t give him the right to put his hands on him.” The officer replies “Why not?” As the conversation becomes heated, the officer threatens Ms. Craig: “if you keep yelling at me you’re going to piss me off and I’m going to take you to jail.” When one of Ms. Craig's daughters attempts to intervene and calm her mother, the officer grabs her from behind. The scene quickly becomes chaotic. The video cuts to Ms. Craig on the ground with the officer kneeling on her back, Taser in-hand. He points the weapon at one of Ms. Craig’s children who flees the scene. The officer handcuffs Ms. Craig and one of her daughters and escorts them both to his SUV. He then turns to the young woman recording events, Porsha Craver, and lunges at her, knocking the camera out of her hand and stating, “you’re going to jail too.” There is no record that the man who assaulted Ms Craig's son is arrested.

Ms. Craver states of the arrests: “I just want you all to see how the Fort Worth Police Department treated my family after calling them for a racist man putting his hands on a 7-year-old, my 7-year-old little cousin, who couldn’t defend himself. When they called Fort Worth Police, this is what we got."

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