Orlando Barlow (1974-2003)

In 2003, Orlando Barlow was shot in the back while attempting to surrender to Las Vegas, Nevada, Police officers. His murder helped generate what would eventually become a national debate about police use of deadly force against unarmed citizens and the eventual organization of the Black Lives Matter movement. Orlando … Read MoreOrlando Barlow (1974-2003)

Shantel Davis (1989-2012)

On June 14, 2012, Shantel Davis, a 23-year-old African-American woman, was fatally shot by New York City, New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Phil Atkins. She was unarmed, and her death occurred while the national discussion of police brutality was gaining publicity in the wake of similar killings. That … Read MoreShantel Davis (1989-2012)

The Oscar Grant (Oakland) Protests, 2009-2011

The shooting on New Year’s of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man from Oakland, California, sparked major protests against excessive deadly force used by the police.  These protests began less than a week after Grant had been shot and killed by Johannes Mehserle, a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) … Read MoreThe Oscar Grant (Oakland) Protests, 2009-2011

DeAunta T. Farrow (1994-2007)

Twelve-year-old DeAunta T. Farrow, killed by West Memphis, Arkansas Police Officer Erik Sammis on June 22, 2007, was one of the youngest victims of a police shooting that year. His death sparked protests in West Memphis and brought national attention to another death of an unarmed Black citizen … Read MoreDeAunta T. Farrow (1994-2007)

Baltimore Protests and Riots, 2015

The death of a 25-year-old black man, Freddie Gray, while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department led to an outcry in Baltimore, Maryland and eventually across the nation. As the tensions became greater, peaceful protests became violent and resulted in the most extensive rioting in Baltimore since the 1960s. Unlike … Read MoreBaltimore Protests and Riots, 2015

John Crawford III (1992-2014)

The shooting death of John Crawford III, a twenty-two-year-old African-American man, by Beavercreek, Ohio police officer Sean Williams at a Walmart store in Beavercreek was another death that added to the national debate about the shooting deaths of unarmed Black men promoted by the Black Lives Matter … Read MoreJohn Crawford III (1992-2014)