March 18, 2020
Stephon Clark was 22 years old when he was shot more than 20 times while standing in his grandmother’s backyard, he was killed because the police assumed he was holding a gun but he was only holding his phone. He was unarmed.
May 25, 2020
“I can’t breathe” was the final words of 46 year old George Perry Floyd Jr, as the ex officer Derek Chauvin was putting pressure on his neck, 9 minutes later George Floyd passed away. He was unarmed.
March 13, 2020
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year old woman that was shot EIGHT times in her sleep. She was unarmed.
June 12, 2020
27-year old Rayshard Brooks was shot to death by an officer from Atlanta Police Department while he was accidentally asleep in his car where he was blocking a Wendy’s restaurant drive through lane. He was unarmed.
August 25, 2021
Antwan Gilmore was sleeping in his car in Washington DC when police shot him. How do they experience this as a danger? Police found Gilmore in his car “not responding” with his foot on the brake while the car was driving. They also said they could see a gun in his waist and therefore needed to shoot him because they considered it a risky situation. A sleeping man in a car ..
These are just five people out of a thousand and more. They had two things in common, they were black and unarmed but still seen as a threat, why is that? The police are supposed to use their power to protect society, not become the reason people are afraid of walking outside because they don’t want to die.
Under the summer 2020 riots and protests started, and are still relevant today. People were very disappointed even though they knew that the system was broken, they didn’t think it would be as bad as it came out to be therefore the people decided that violence isn’t the answer and changed the riots into peaceful protest. The word got out fast and people all over the world protested, it was beautiful, people all around the world standing in the same line and trying to change the rules together. If we keep spreading awareness then all of our hard work will make change.