Seven Other Lives Cut Down By Police Since Michael Brown Was Shot
The reason Ferguson got so much national attention is because it was not an isolated incident. And in the months since, even more lives were snuffed by police.
Darrien Hunt; Saratoga Springs, Utah
A family friend holds the funeral program for Darrien Hunt following his funeral Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, Utah.
22-year-old Darrien Hunt was carrying a sword his mother said was a toy when he was shot dead by officers in the small town of Saratoga Springs, Utah. Hunt was wearing an outfit that bore a striking resemblance to the Japanese anime character Mugen prompting suspicion that his sword was part of a costume. In the weeks after his death, his family found drawings of a number of Japanese anime characters, including several carrying swords.
A county autopsy revealed that Hunt was shot six times toward the back of his body, corroborating other evidence that Hunt was shot while running away…
Ezell Ford and Omar Abrego, Los Angeles
Outrage fomented in Ferguson as residents demanded the release of the officer who shot Brown — now known to be Darren Wilson. But it’s taken even longer for police to share information on the fatal police shootings of two victims in South Los Angeles that occurred a week apart.
One victim was Ezell Ford, who exhibited signs of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Friends said he was a quiet guy whose mental illness was known by community members and police. There is no indication that he was armed during the fatal incident…Less is known about the other victim, 37-year-old Omar Abrego. What we do know is that his autopsy had also not yet been released as of earlier this month, and that he died several hours after a brutal police altercation that left him with a severe concussion and “multiple facial and body contusions.” …
Tamir E. Rice And Tanesha Anderson; Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland also saw two fatal shootings over a period of weeks. One involved 12-year-old Tamir E. Rice, who was gunned down by police while carrying a toy gun at a playground. A worried 911 caller told a dispatcher there was a “guy pointing a gun at people” although he said twice it was “probably fake” and that the person was “probably a juvenile.” None of this information was reportedly communicated to police…
Tanesha Anderson’s death did not involve a gun. But it did also involve a call to police for help. Anderson suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Police reported to her family’s home after a caller reported she was “disturbing the peace.” Police said they were planning to take her for a psychiatric evaluation, but a struggle ensued that family members said involved a “take-down” move in which Anderson was thrown to the pavement. Police counter that witness report, saying Anderson went limp in officers’ arms. Police officials have thus far deflected questions about officers’ training on mental illness.
John Crawford; Beavercreek, Ohio
22-year-old John Crawford III had just picked up a BB gun stocked on the shelf of the WalMart where he was shopping that he seemingly intended to buy when he wasshot dead by officers. Surveillance video reveals Crawford never even pointed the sporting gun. But in September, a grand jury decided not to file any charges against the officers, as one of the cops was already back on the job.
Akai Gurley, New York City
Akai Gurley was walking down a darkened stairwell last Thursday after he and his girlfriend got tired of waiting for the elevator, when he was shot by two rookie cops who had been patrolling the stairwell at the apartment complex in East New York, Brooklyn. Within hours, police said the shooting was an accident and Police Chief Bill Bratton has said Gurley was a “total innocent.” He said officer Peter Liang had his gun in his left hand and his flashlight in his right, and when he heard a noise he fired accidentally.[su_csky_ad]