The startling trend of police targetting and killing unarmed Black people has gripped social media, and it points to one alarming answer.
Half the year has gone by, and according to statistics, nearly 390 people have lost their lives in the hands of the police so far. Out of those, a shocking 56 Black men and boys have been the victims of police shootings. According to NewsOne, reports of fatal shootings come in every week.
One of six officers who fired at Willie McCoy had killed unarmed man in 2018 || Via: Guardian https://t.co/CjrSIa8r1Z— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) February 23, 2019
The startling trend of police targetting and killing unarmed Black people has gripped social media. Many viral videos stand as a testament to the fact that Black people are specifically targetted by the police, most of which show that the Black victims were unarmed at the time of the incident.
My God.— Shaun King (@shaunking) November 24, 2018
American police just killed another "good guy with a gun."
Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., better known as EJ, the son of a police officer, was an active duty officer for the Army, home for Thanksgiving.
Murdered by police yesterday in a mall shooting in Alabama. pic.twitter.com/xHsiOPUD5y
A recent viral video of police officers escalating a normal situation went viral for the way the young Black man handled himself. Edrick Truitt ended up saving his life by refusing to comply with an officer's order to turn off his car. The young man kept his calm intact and ensured that his hands were visible at the time. For any person watching the video, it is abundantly clear that the officer was getting increasingly agitated while Truitt kept his cool.
The black guys name is Edrick Truitt. pic.twitter.com/G7oO4MsrB2— Sweet_Twi**er_Handle (@thefrappemafia) June 1, 2019
A Medium article looked over the data that was compiled by the Washington Post and found that the rate at which police officers were killing unarmed Black folk was much higher when compared to the rate at which Whites were fatally shot by the police. When comparing the data, the author discovered that the proportion of Blacks that were killed was not random, it was indeed targetted killing by the police.
Security guard Jemel Roberson was holding down a shooting suspect when police burst in and shot Roberson instead. pic.twitter.com/zNsYvQMRg8— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 14, 2018
These targeted attacks by the police have only increased the public's need to pay closer attention to a 2006 report that was released by the FBI, which intended to warn local police departments of a potential infiltration by skinhead groups as well as the Klan.
The young man who was killed by a Dallas police officer in his own apartment this morning has been identified as 26-year-old Botham Jean. He worked at the PwC firm in Downtown Dallas. https://t.co/oyjHMdMXVv pic.twitter.com/uSvJWJ062e— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) September 7, 2018
The article ends with a criticism of the democratic primaries' lack of discussing the pointed racial profiling done by many police officers. While aggressive behavior towards unarmed black people is justified, there is no positive push towards combating the pointed, targeted hate. A lack of reform also begs the question: when will these slain people be viewed as victims to get the justice they deserve?