29 black people killed by police/security <– research!

First thing that needs to be noted is that we just had another police shooting of an unarmed man in Austin, Texas on Thursday night.. This happened after the report was compiled, so add another name to this grisly toll..

Second, folks have got to understand this is not coincident, it’s quite deliberate. Police have moved from a point of trying to de-escalate or prevention to a shoot first ask questions later policy..

The list below are just noting the deaths at hands of the police, its not highlighting the enormous amounts of brutality and outright disrespect many in the Black community have to endure on a daily basis.. The report below is to say the least disturbing and underscores a low wage war going on in our communities…

Twenty-eight Black People (27 Men and 1 Female) Killed by Police Officials, Security
Guards, and Self-Appointed “Keepers of the Peace” between January 1, 2012 and March
31, 2012

– 28 cases of state sanctioned or justified murder of Black people in the first 3
months of 2012 alone have been found (due to under reporting and discriminatory
methods of documentation, it is likely that there are more that our research has yet
to uncover)

– Of the 28 killed people, 18 were definitely unarmed. 2 probably had firearms, 8
were alleged to have non-lethal weapons.

– Of the 28 killed people,

. 11 were innocent of any illegal behavior or behavior that involved a
threat to anyone (although the shooters claimed they looked “suspicious”);

. 7 were emotionally disturbed and/or displaying strange behavior.

. The remaining 10 were either engaged in illegal or potentially illegal
activity, or there was too little info to determine circumstances of their
killing. It appears that in all but two of these cases, illegal and/or harmful
behavior could have been stopped without the use of lethal force.


[4]This list of28 names was collected between 3/28/2012 and 3/30/2012 by reviewing google

search results to the question, “who have police killed in 2012”. Only the first 65 pages out of
712,000,000 were reviewed.

[5] News One.com reported Rodriguez was African America however other reports and family

photos indicate he was Latino.

[6] Many written reports do not explicitly identify the race of the victim. Most, however, do show

photographs. In the case of Warren, no photo was displayed.

This document was researched, written and produced by Kali Akuno and Arlene Eisen working
on behalf of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Left Unity Network, and US Human
Rights Network.

Phillip Gardiner, Dr. P. H.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Neurosciences and Nicotine Dependence

Research Administrator

Tobacco Related Disease Research Program

University of California Office of the President

300 Lakeside Drive, 6th Floor

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2 thoughts on “29 black people killed by police/security <– research!

  1. The other factor: what are the recruitment criteria for these officers? What is the background and race of these officers? Are any of the officers female? Do any of the officers have a history of being threatened by a citizen?

    I find these numbers disturbing for many reasons. First, why aren’t people standing up for these victims and demanding answers? Why on earth does a gun need to be drawn if a taser is used on an unarmed person? Why do the police think they are above criticism and the very laws they claim to enforce? Something has got to give in this country. My respect for law enforcement is minimal. I honestly believe they view each of us as potentially dangerous felons and treat us as such, regardless of race or gender. I have NEVER encountered a police officer who felt comfortable DISCUSSING solutions to community issues. They know how to protect themselves but not the real victims. It’s an absurd system that needs to change. It needs to shift.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. hi paula and thank you for your energy! 🙂

    all of the officers were white. the criteria seem to be lackadaisical right!?

    you’ve asked some VERY critical questions. generally speaking, i think black/brown people have simply become overtly cynical, callus and numb to these occurrences since it happens ALL of the time. generally speaking, i think white people think the justice system is systemically fair even though the composition of the system itself does not represent the people it serves.

    couple that with “white” passive fairness and “black” victimization we have a seemingly irreconcilable issue.

    sigh. i wish i knew what to do or even where to start. every one either runs from the convo or has soo much emotion in it that no logical outcome can be garnered. sometimes i think its going to take an alien invasion for humans to act as ONE cohesive unit – like ants!

    on the other hand, i have hope that one day (a utopian soon) we’ll match our socks by color and not our people.

    until then, we all must reach one and teach one, one at a time!

    in love and light and thanks again paula! 😛

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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