Portraits of unarmed people of color killed by U.S. police, 1999-2014. After the announcement that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted for killing Eric Garner, the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund Twitter posted a series of tweets naming 76 men and women who were killed in police custody since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo in New York. Photo: Gawker

By Rich Juzwiak and Aleksander Chan
8 December 2014

(Gawker) – On Wednesday, after the announcement that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted for killing Eric Garner, the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund Twitter posted a series of tweets naming 76 men and women who were killed in police custody since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo in New York. Starting with the most recent death, what follows are more detailed accounts of many of those included in the Legal Defense Fund's tweets.

Rumain Brisbon, 34, Phoenix, Arizona — 2 December 2014

Rumain Brisbon, 34, of Phoenix, Arizona was an unarmed black father of four. He was shot to death on 2 December 2014 when a police officer apparently mistook his bottle of pills for a gun. Photo: NBC

Brisbon, an unarmed black father of four, was shot to death in when a police officer apparently mistook his bottle of pills for a gun. Aftermath: Pending. [more]

Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014

1 comments :

  1. Anonymous said...

    It's always inaccurate to lump every case and situation / event together into one as evidence of anything. Each has extenuating circumstances that lead to death (was a crime being committed, were their weapons, was anyone being threatend or harmed, etc.)

    Let's see a list of white people (since the topic here does seem to be about race) that have been killed by police since 1999. Since I've read quite a few of these incidents, I'm fairly confident the actualy number of white deaths will be just as high.

    You can try searching copwatch.org

    Also - take note of how many people in the gawker article were actually comitting a crime. This in no way justifies death - but it does mean that a non-normal situation was occurring which resulted in an armed police officer showing up. And that escalated rather quickly to death.

    Black people seem to refuse responsibility for their behavior - and I'll call it what it is - bad behavior. They seem to believe that they cannot be confronted when comitting a crime, which is total b.s. in my book.

    Cops are often wrong. No doubt. But I also see very bad behavior by those who claim police abuse.

    Reactionary couch-surfers try to impose their conception of "what went down" without any actual proof or evidence, just opinion and belief.

    Juries are given what ALL juries are given (nobody has proved jury tampering) and reactionaries react (badly), rioting, violence, etc. This make them just as bad as the perpetrator imo.

    This is yet another match-stick attempt to flame a race war (or escalate the hatred). I find these disengenous, misleading and misrepresenting "articles" worse then useless, they do not prove anything, but they do escalate the tensions among race.  

 

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