Four years ago, two deaths sent shockwaves — and outrage — through the United States. On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana outside a store where he was selling CDs. One day later, on July 6, Philando Castile was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in St. Paul, Minnesota while his girlfriend and young child were in the car. There were many similarities between the cases, aside from the dates of their occurrence. Namely, both men were legally carrying guns on them at the time of their deaths, though neither were brandishing their weapons or threatening police with them. And neither of their killers were held accountable.
A California man and woman now face hate crime charges after a viral video apparently showed them painting over a Black Lives Matter mural while claiming “the narrative of police brutality” is a “lie.”
Police in Martinez, California, say they are looking for two people who were filmed painting over the city’s commissioned Black Lives Matter street mural shortly after it was completed on the Fourth of July.
A Tallahassee man openly confessed to the murders of two women, providing grisly detail about what he did, according to newly released court documents.
Another former Minneapolis cop who was charged in George Floyd’s murder late last month has been released from jail after posting bail. J. Alexander Kueng, 26, was released from Hennepin County jail shortly before 7:30 p.m. local time Friday, online jail records show.
Delbert Africa, a longtime member of the Black liberation group MOVE, has died. Africa, 74, was one of nine members of the organization that were imprisoned on third-degree murder charges following an August 1978 armed standoff with Philadelphia police that left an officer dead and more than a dozen others injured.
Another wave of protests condemning police brutality against Black men and women occurred over the weekend following the Friday night death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, Georgia, who was killed by two white police officers. Brooks, who was a young father, was shot and killed in a Wendy’s parking lot after being pulled over.
Police in Florida have confirmed the discovery of the body of missing Black Lives Matter activist Oluwatoyin Salau, who had vanished June 6, hours after writing on Twitter that she’d been sexually assaulted by an older man.
As Black Lives Matter protests continued across the U.S. and the world this week, two Black transgender women were killed within a 24-hour period. Riah Milton of Liberty Township, Ohio was shot several times during a robbery attempt on Tuesday, and Dominique Rem’mie Fells’s remains were found alongside the Schuylkill River in the Bartam’s Garden area of Philadelphia Monday night.
The Bakersfield City School District has spoken out regarding an incident on Friday in which one of their employees verbally attacked a protester and her child.
The nationwide anti-police brutality protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the US have been marked by widespread incidents of police violence, including punching, kicking, gassing, pepper-spraying and driving vehicles at often peaceful protesters in states across the country.
Just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, Shane Meyers was staging a peaceful, one-man protest in the affluent white suburb of Wellington, Florida when indie rapper AngieonMars spotted him on the corner of Forest Hill Blvd and U.S. route 441 with a sign that read “black lives f-cking matter.”
As state and federal politicians send a surge of police and soldiers to confront the nationwide protests that emerged over the last week, the number of people arrested is already double the number of white-collar criminals federally prosecuted in all of 2019.
An independent autopsy, in calling George Floyd’s death a homicide, determined he died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” — a finding that is at odds with the medical examiner.
The inquiry, stemming from the death of George Floyd, will be designed to root out “systemic racism that is generations deep,” Gov. Tim Walz told reporters.