Michael Brown The Fourth Unarmed Black Killed By Police In A Month
[su_right_ad]Rika Christensen sums it up:
1. Eric Garner
New York City police killed Garner in a chokehold after he allegedly resisted arrest for selling cigarettes without collecting taxes. Mother Jones says that the chokehold was banned in 1993, but that didn’t stop the NYPD officer from using it. Later on, the medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, saying that it did, in fact, cause Garner’s death.
2. John Crawford
A man living in Beavercreek, Ohio, was shot and killed inside a Walmart after a man called the police saying he felt threatened. Crawford was playing with a BB gun sold in Walmart, and allegedly didn’t respond to officers’ requests that he drop the weapon. In a store that sells toy guns to look like real guns, this is a major concern.
The police department stood by their officers, saying that they opened fire after Crawford refused to drop the weapon. The police chief did ask the Ohio attorney general’s office, and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, to open an investigation into the incident.
3. Ezell Ford
According to police, Ford attacked an officer after officers stopped him on a Los Angeles sidewalk and tried to get a hold of the officer’s weapon. However, Ford’s mother has a different story: Ford lay on the ground, complying with officers’ orders, and they shot him in the back.
And from Mother Jones:
A Victorville resident told police that a robbery suspect had fled on a bicycle. The police detained Dante Parker, a 36-year-old pressman at the Daily Press newspaper, apparently because they found him nearby on a bike. Though Parker had no criminal record (other than a DUI), a scuffle ensued and Parker was tased repeatedly when he resisted arrest, according to witnesses. He began breathing heavily and was taken to a hospital, where he died.