Laquan McDonald (1997-2014)

On October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African American teenager, was shot 16 times within 14 seconds by Jason Van Dyke, a 36-year-old white Chicago, Illinois policeman. McDonald’s death was another catalyst for the growing national Black Lives Matter Movement. It also had significant local ramifications, including the … Read MoreLaquan McDonald (1997-2014)

Jamar O’Neal Clark (1991-2015)

Jamar Clark, a twenty-four-year-old African American killed by two Minneapolis, Minnesota police officers, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, added to the growing debate sparked by Black Lives Matter. Clark was born on May 3, 1991, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. He was adopted by Wilma and James Clark when … Read MoreJamar O’Neal Clark (1991-2015)

Jocques Clemmons (1985-2017)

The shooting death of 31-year-old Jocques Clemmons by Joshua Lippert, a white Nashville, Tennessee police officer, after Clemmons ran a stop sign, became another episode that generated protests by the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) as well as the National Association for the Advancement for Color People (NAACP), and the American … Read MoreJocques Clemmons (1985-2017)

Johnny Robinson (1947-1963)

Johnny Robinson was a sixteen-year-old African American man who was shot and killed by Birmingham, Alabama, police officer Jack Parker on September 15, 1963. Robinson’s death occurred on the same day as the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham that resulted in the deaths of four young … Read MoreJohnny Robinson (1947-1963)

Keith Lamont Scott (1973-2016)

One of the biggest riots in the history of Charlotte, North Carolina, came in reaction to the shooting involving Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old Black man. The shooting, along with the ensuing riot, garnered international news attention. It also advanced the debate promulgated by the Black Lives Matter movement on … Read MoreKeith Lamont Scott (1973-2016)

Roger Owensby Jr. (1971-2000)

Roger Owensby Jr. was a twenty-nine-year-old African-American who died at the hands of Cincinnati Police officers during a scuffle in the Roselawn neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, in November 2000. Owens’ death at the hands of police—as well as the death the following year of Timothy Thomas under … Read MoreRoger Owensby Jr. (1971-2000)