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25 People Who Deserved Better

#BlackLivesMatter 24 black People who also deserved better from law enforcement. The story of George Floyd is nothing new. Let’s change that now.

TRAYVON MARTIN (was shot and killed by a civilian while walking home with iced tea and skittles for wearing a hoodie. Civilian was found not guilty.) https://www.cnn.com/…/trayvon-martin-shooting-fa…/index.html

KEITH SCOTT (was shot and killed by a police officer while reading in his car. The officer was not charged.) https://www.cnn.com/…/keith-lamont-scott-case-br…/index.html

ATATIANA JEFFERSON (was shot and killed by a police officer while looking out her window. The officer is still under indictment for murder.) https://www.nbcnews.com/…/fort-worth-police-officer-who-fat…

JONATHAN FERRELL (was shot 12 times by police while asking for help after auto accident. The case ended in mistrial.) https://www.theguardian.com/…/jonathan-ferrell-mistrial-nor…

JORDAN EDWARDS (was shot and killed by a police officer while riding in a car when he was 15 years old. The officer was found guilty of murder.) https://www.dallasnews.com/…/videos-show-cop-who-killed-15…/

STEPHON CLARK (was shot 8 times, 6 in the back while holding a cell phone in his grandparent’s backyard. The officers were not charged.) https://www.cnn.com/…/us/stephon-clark-settlement/index.html

AMADOU DIALLO (was shot and killed while taking out his wallet. Four officers had fired 41 shots, all were acquitted.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/na…/daily/feb99/bronx13.htm

RENISHA MCBRIDE (was shot and killed while asking for help after an auto accident when she knocked on door for help. The homeowner was found guilty of second-degree murder.) https://www.nbcnews.com/…/renisha-mcbride-killer-gets-minim…

TAMIR RICE (was shot and killed by an officer while playing with a toy gun when he was 12 years old. The officer was not charged.) https://www.nytimes.com/…/in-tamir-rice-shooting-in-clevela…

SEAN BELL (was shot and killed while hosting a bachelor party. In all, 50 rounds were fired by police officers. They were found not guilty of charges.) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/…/27/usa.julianborger

WALTER SCOTT (was shot in the back five times by police officer who pleaded guilty to civil rights violations.) https://www.theguardian.com/…/walter-scott-shooting-police-…

PHILANDO CASTILE (was shot while pulled over in car with his girlfriend and his young daughter in the backseat. He informed the officer he had a legally registered weapon in car and the officer shot him to death. The officer was acquitted of all charges.) https://www.vox.com/…/minnesota-police-shooting-philando-ca…

AIYANA JONES (while sleeping she was accidentally shot by an officer in a raid on the wrong apartment. She was 7 years old. The officer was cleared of all charges.) https://www.aclu.org/…/7-year-old-girl-accidentally-shot-sw…

TERRENCE CRUTCHER (shot by police officer while his car was stalled in the middle of the street. The officer was found not guilty of manslaughter.) https://www.cnn.com/…/oklahoma-tulsa-police-shoo…/index.html

ALTON STERLING (while being arrested for selling CDs he is shot at close range by police. No charges were filed.) https://www.vox.com/…/alton-sterling-police-shooting-baton-…

FREDDIE GRAY (was beaten to death by police officers during his transportation in a police van. All officers involved were acquitted.) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32400497

JOHN CRAWFORD (shot by a police officer while shopping at Walmart and holding a BB gun that was on sale. The officer was not charged.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/ohio-wal-mart-surveillanc…/

MICHAEL BROWN (was shot by twelve times by officer, including in the back. No charges filed.) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30207808

JORDAN DAVIS (was shot and killed because he was playing loud music. Shooter found guilty of first-degree murder.) https://www.theguardian.com/…/michael-dunn-sentenced-life-w…

SANDRA BLAND (after being pulled over for traffic ticket she was tasered and arrested. Later she died of a suspicious “suicide” while in jail. No charges have been filed.) https://www.theguardian.com/…/sandra-bland-video-footage-ar…

BOTHAM JEAN (a police officer mistook his home for hers and shot him to death. The officer found guilty of murder.) https://www.nbcnews.com/…/amber-guyger-sentencing-resumes-a…

OSCAR GRANT (while handcuffed and face-down, an officer shot him in the back. The officer was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.) https://www.theguardian.com/…/officer-punched-oscar-grant-a…

COREY JONES (while by his disabled vehicle he was shot three times by a police officer. The officer was found guilty of murder.) https://www.usatoday.com/…/fired-florida-police…/3090653002/

AHMAUD ARBERY (shot while jogging in a neighborhood for being suspected of burglaries. Three men charged with murder and aggravated assault.) https://abcnews.go.com/…/hearing-set-georgia-men-cha…/story…

GEORGE FLOYD | not pictured | (was suffocated while handcuffed by a police officer who used his knee to restrain him by the neck after being falsely accused of forging. After nationwide protests and calls for justice, the cop who killed him has been charged with murder. The three police with him also charged. https://www.usatoday.com/…/george-floyd-protest…/5264887002/

Know their names, know their stories.

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Below are sketches I made of each person, except George Floyd who appears below.




This is a downloadable line drawing you can copy, print and color too! Makes a great meditation if you're stuck floundering about with your emotions right now. Here's the link where you can get your copy - the artist lives in the neighborhood Mr. Floyd was killed and is using the funds towards local Minneapolis #BlackLivesMatter.

Buy a copy to color here. Black Banjo Arts. Ellie Bryon, Minneapolis, MN. Potter and artist.




To all you patriots who #takeaknee on behalf of righting centuries of a system of wrongs, I honor you. May we let the truths that cause this pain be corrected once and for all. For ALL. Amen.

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