Police killing other people is a terrible occurence, but in their opinion is what’s needed. I do not believe in any sort of violence, so anything led to killing is disgusting to me. Today I’ll be focusing on the black people who have been killed by police so far this year, but some were killed “for protection of the officers” due to a “weapon being drawn” and others police have been convicted of murdering them in custody.
In January, 23 out of 92 police killings were of black people. In this I’ll be talking about a certain one; Matthew Ajibade.
Matthew, 21, was arrested on January 1st with the accusations of domestic violence, battery, and obstruction of a police officer. Upon arrested his alleged girlfriend told them he had ‘mental problems’ and handed them a bottle of pills he needed to take. Reportedly he injured 3 officers during processing, so he was restrained and later put into an isolation cell- his place of death.
When officers checked on him during his second welfar check they saw his laying there unresponsive. The jail’s first aid came and tried to revive him, but were unable to do so.
After an autospy was done, his death report stated he died from “blunt force trauma … a combination of abrasions, lacerations, skin injuries about the head and some other areas of the body.” Matthew was diagnosed with bipolar disorder three years ago and the police knowing this, didn’t give him the help he needed during this episode- which led to his death because of them.
Nine officers were fired because of this incident. Three are charged with involuntary manslaughter and other charges against the were public record fraud, inmate cruelty, and aggravated assault.
In February, 22 of 86 police killings were of a black person. That’s 26% of the police killings in just one month.
“Get on the ground or you’re f****** dead” are the words a police officer used before shooting 25 year old Lavall Hall five times resulting in his death. Lavall’s mother called police earlier asking for help for him due to him being mentally ill and having an episode. Lavall had a foreign object in his hands the police officer stated as to why he shot him. Reportedly he left the house holding piece of a broom, but the objects indentity was never released.
This incident happened on the day of February 15 around 5 AM. The officer fired five times, as said before, in a row (to see the video click here).
35 of 115 police killings in March were of a black person. The numbers increasing on both sides is terrible. Police carry tasers, but choose to fire a gun instead- which is accordingly “by the book”.
Brandon Jones was an unarmed 18 year old who was shot and killed by police during an arrest around 2 AM. He was allegedly robbing the little store where the incident took place, but being unarmed he didn’t deserve or even need to be killed in that manner. If anything he could have been tasered since the shot was fired from close range.
His mother whilst talking to reporters said, “If he’s unarmed, and there’s two of you all and one of him, why is my baby dead?” Many other who knew him have agreed robbing the store wasn’t okay, but it didn’t need to end with his death. The family was offered money, but they declined only asking for justice for their son.
During April, 29 of the 102 police killings were of people that were black.
Terrance Kellon, only 20 years old, was shot in his house by an ICE officer. He was under investigation for a pizza delivery boy robbery and his house was raided which then led to him being killed. Multipe gun shots were fired from the officer, but they only let out he was shot IN THE BACK and never said where the other shots landed in the house or on Terrance’s body. The officer said it was self defense since Terrance had been arrested before so he was considered a threat.
The officer later said he shot at him once not hitting him resulting in the victim backing up, but then he fired more times not knowing what he was hitting. Reportedly 10 shots were fired during this “raid”.
In May, 25 black people were killed by police, the total number of police related deaths was 83.
29 year old Javoris Washington was shot to death by police while allegedly on a drug known as Flakka. The shooting took place in a home where the man was “barricading” the home with a female “hostage” inside. Police talked to family outside of the building before entering and then talking to the female inside, all of that took around an hour before they pulled out their weapons and killed Javoris.
From previous occurence of police with people high of Flakka they have ‘superhuman’ strength so they shot him out of protection for everyone- he was unarmed. His sister who was talked to after the shooting was unaware of him ever using drugs.
Couldn’t find any reports confirming or denying that Javoris was on Flakka.
20 out of 81 deaths were of black people in the month of June this year.
Alfontish Cockerham was shot by police after allegedly pointing a gun at them. Witnesses have said that he put the gun down and had his hands up right before he was shot. Six shots were fired and all hit him- then officers “handcuffed him and kicked him” a witness also said. After being shot he was taken to the hospital where five days later he passed away due to “complications because of multiple gunshot wounds”. People who knew him have all said he loved music and always walked up and down the street rapping. He was known all over the town for his love for music.
July had the record number of police killings this year (sadly have to say so far) with a number of 125, 24 of them were of people who were black.
This is 43 year old Samuel DuBose who was purposefully shot in the head by an officer at a traffic stop because he didn’t have a front license plate. The officer had a bodycam on and the video is extremely graphic. The officer talked to him for around two minutes asking for his license and Samuel was cooperating and responding back. Samuel then said “I didn’t even do anything” while turning on his ignition which led to the officer reaching in with one hand and the other holding the gun which fired the single shot into Samuel’s head.
All other officers agree that this was wrong doing and have apoligized. The officer is under charges of murder for this horrendous crime. The family is only happy that they get some justice in this. To read more into the officers charges click here. He left behind children, a fiancé, many friends, and other close family.
So far in August, there has been 58 people who were killed by police and 17 were reported being black. This month has also stirred up a lot of uproar due to the severity of police incidents. Black Lives Matter 100%.
Christian Taylor, a 19 year old athlete. His story has gone all around different social media platforms; he was shot by a rookie officer in Arrlington, Texas around 1 AM. He broke into a car dealership and drove his car through the building- yes that’s a crime, but it doesn’t need to result to death. Police arrived on scene and one went to communicate with Christian on his own without a plan of arrest. The officer didn’t talk to him politely, which made him upset but Christian never went near the officer(s), but trying to arrest him on his own wasn’t working out so the officer resulted to shoot him. Christian was unarmed.
After an investigation into this the officer who shot Christian was fired from the force.
The saddest part of this whole story is on Christian’s personal twitter he had said, “Police taking black lives as easy as flippin a coin, with no consequences smh” and “I don’t feel protected by the police”
Some individuals have had previous convictions, but that doesn’t mean that’s who they were at the time of their death. People change and mature; it doesn’t matter your skin color to change. Unfortunately not everyone got justice.
All police should be required to wear body cams.