This post catalogues a few of the innocent kids killed by cops in America. If you missed my post and interview at George Floyd’s Burial, here it is!
Nicholas Heyward was shot and killed by a police officer while playing “cops and robbers” with his friends in Gowanus. His last words were “We’re playing.”
Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot and killed by a police officer on a SWAT team in First 48 when, while investigating a local shooting, they bust into her home without warning and fired within seconds. She was SLEEPING. She was SEVEN YEARS OLD. And the whole thing was getting filmed for First 48, a true crime TV show.
Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer while playing in a Cleveland park. The cop fired less than 2 seconds after arriving on the scene.
Tyre King was shot multiple times and killed by a police officer when they believed he matched the description for a robber in the neighborhood. He was 5ft tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. The robber being investigated had stolen $10.
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer while walking home. The shooter claimed to act in self defense. Martin was holding a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Ice Tea.
Cameron Tillman was shot and killed by a police officer while hanging out with his friends in an abandoned house with the owner’s consent. He was alive for at least 45 minutes. The officers offered no medical assistance.
Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by a police officer in the passenger seat of a car while leaving a party. The car was driving AWAY from the cops and the officer fired inside the car under the grounds that the car had backed up towards him “in an aggressive manner.”
Kiwane Carrington was shot and killed by a police officer outside a house in broad daylight while the cop was investigating a suspected break in. Carrington was known to the house’s owner and welcome there.
Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by a police officer while under investigation for slashing a squad car’s tires. He was shot SIXTEEN TIMES while walking AWAY from the officer.
DeAunta Farrow was shot and killed by a police officer while walking in the park. The officer claimed Farrow had a toy gun, while witnesses claimed he was holding a bag of chips.
All children. All unarmed. Further information on any of the cases is a google click away. These kids did nothing and their killers always get away. Where is the Justice when the police they are supposed to trust keep on killing them? The police kill us and get off. Contrast this with Dylann Roof who admitted to having shot and mass-killed 9 (his intended target was EVERYONE praying in an african-American church) and injured many. Dylann was put in a bulletproof vest for his protection and when he complained that he was hungry, the cops detoured to a Burger King to get him what he wanted to eat.
It’s clear the 21-year-old was treated nicely, even today in jail where he sits comfortably, hanging with fellow white friends who think alike. The three-and-a-half minute video of his arrest begins with a handful of cops approaching the car with their guns drawn. The first officer walks up to the driver’s side window with caution, but when there’s no apparent conflict, the other officers holster their weapons and seem to chill out in a matter of seconds. The bolded words are emphasized for a reason. Many black people have been killed when there is no apparent conflict and so many cops unfortunately do NOT GIVE any seconds or the benefit of doubt when it’s a black person. The police shoot first, think later and this is why we protest! Philando Castile’s Murder illustrates this well.