The People Versus the Police
Trayvon Martin 2012- The death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman who was a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was in his SUV when he reported a “suspicious person”. He was instructed to not get out of his car, which he disregarded. Moments later he shot Trayvon in the head in “self defense”.
Ferguson, Missouri 2014- Michael Brown was an unarmed black teenager, who was shot and killed on August 9, 2014, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting prompted protests that lasted in the area for weeks.
Baltimore, Maryland 2015 - Riots broke out the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral, who was a young black man killed by police. The police arrested Freddie for carrying a knife, which was a legal knife, and then treated him very roughly and ignored his multiple requests for medical attention. Freddie was put into a van head first with no seatbelt where he was thrown around but his hands were restrained so he had no way to protect himself. Injuries from the police, including a very severe spine injury, due to improper treatment and abusement were the cause of his death.