feature: “black and unarmed women & girls killed by law enforcement”

August 19, 2014

Rolereboot.org published a much needed piece titled “Black And Unarmed: Women And Girls Without Weapons Killed By Law Enforcement”. It reminds us that “wWhen we talk about police brutality, we often forget about the women who have been killed by police”.
Excerpts: “On January 4, 2008, 26-year-old Tarika Wilson was shot and killed in her home while holding her 1-year-old baby in her arms. The infant was shot as well, but survived the injuries. Her other four children, in the home and witnesses to their mother’s murder, escaped physical injury as well. Police officers claimed that they were looking for her previous boyfriend when they decided to shoot into her home, leaving her five children, all the under the age of 10, without a mom.”

“Shereese Francis’s sister had no idea that her attempt to help her sister would get her family member killed. On March 15, 2012, Shauna Francis called New York’s information hotline to get advice on how to best get her sister to the hospital. Shereese, she explained, was schizophrenic and had stopped taking her medication. After a transfer to an emergency line, Shauna was told that someone was on their way to her sister’s house to help. While officers on the scene grabbed Shereese, handcuffed her, and held her facedown into a mattress, the woman stopped breathing. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, writing that Francis died from “compression of trunk during agitated violent behavior (schizophrenia) while prone on bed and attempted restraint by police officers.” Shereese was 30 years old.”

“Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones fell asleep on the couch while watching TV and never woke up. During the night, police threw a flash grenade into the house near where the child slept and raided the home. Questions remain about whether the shot that killed Aiyana was fired from outside or inside the home, but all sides agree: While breaking into the home, a police officer on the scene opened fire and killed Aiyana. Neighbors reported that they tried to warn officers that there were children inside the home before they conducted their raid on May 16, 2010.”

Read the full piece written by Khadijah Costley White here.