Police Brutality Is “Gender-Neutral”: Unarmed Black Girls And Women Murdered By Police
Racial-Profiling, Police-Brutality, and the Murders of Black boys and men by Police is often a topic discussed when brining up the topic of White-Supremacy in the U.S. While often never talked about in Pop Culture and Media, is at that Black girls and women, are also often victims of Racial-Profiling, Police-Brutality and Murder by Police-Officers.
Here are a few of the girls and women whose lives ended due to Police-Violence in the U.S.:
In what certainly appears like a case of “not necessary,” 27-year-old Shelly Frey was shot and killed by an off-duty deputy after he suspected the Houston mother of two had shoplifted.
Frey was reportedly perusing the Walmart with friends Tiasa Andrews and Yolanda Craig when Louis Campbell, a 26-year veteran of the force, approached the ladies about shoplifting. The trio then ran off into the parking lot where Campbell followed them. The chase escalated to the point that Frey got into her car to speed away and Campbell followed. Shortly after, he fired, striking Fey in the neck. He claims that he eventually drew his gun because he was “between the car door and the driver’s seat and feared for his safety.”
But considering that Frey was not armed herself, her mother has a pretty reasonable response:
“Why couldn’t you just shoot the tire, shoot the window?” she asked. “Was it that serious?”
Even if her daughter did commit a crime, Wilkerson said she did not deserve to die—or for her two young grandchildren to lose their mother.
Bear in mind, too, that there were two young children in the car that Frey hopped into — although reportedly not her own.
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.
At least five Los Angeles Police officers are being investigated after 35-year-old Alesia Thomas died in police custody.
Rekia Boyd was only 22 years old when an off-duty police officer named Dante Servin killed her in a park in March 2012. During an evening hanging out with her friends, an unmarked car pulled up and the man inside told them to “shut up.” The officer then begin shooting at the four people, hitting Boyd in the head and killing her instantly. He continued to work on duty with the Chicago Police department until charges were officially filed on November 25, 2013. One witness claims that the officer was inebriated at the time.
Kendra James was a 21-year-old African-American Oregon woman who was shot to death by police on May 5, 2003. The incident sparked a controversy over the use of deadly force by the Portland Police Bureau in Portland, Oregon.
An autopsy report, made public six months after Miriam Carey was shot dead after a car chase, with the Washington Police, from the White House to the Capitol, revealed that the 34-year-old woman was struck by five bullets from behind.
Tyisha Miller (1979-1998) was an African American woman from Rubidoux, California. She was shot dead by police officers called by family members who could not wake her as she lay unconscious in a car. The incident sparked demonstrations and protests amid claims of police racism. The officers involved were fired from Riverside Police Department but did not face prosecution due to insufficient evidence.
Police claimed that they were responding to a disturbance at a home early on Sunday morning, February 16. When Yvette Smith opened the door, police began to shoot at her. At first, police officers said they shot at Smith because she was brandishing a gun, but changed their story when no weapon was found on the scene. During the investigation of Smith’s killing, the officers and their supervisors were punished for altering their own training records following the incident. Perhaps ironic to some, Smith was killed on Zimmerman Avenue. She was a single mother with two sons.
Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley Jones, was a seven-year-old girl from the East Side of Detroit, Michigan who was shot and killed during a raid conducted by the Detroit Police Department’s Special Response Team on May 16, 2010.Her death drew national media attentio and led U.S. Representative John Conyers to ask U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a federal investigation into the incident.
A SWAT team arrived at Ms. Wilson’s rented house in the Southside neighborhood early in the evening of Jan. 4 to arrest her companion, Anthony Terry, on suspicion of drug dealing, said Greg Garlock, Lima’s police chief. Officers bashed in the front door and entered with guns drawn, said neighbors who saw the raid.
Moments later, the police opened fire, killing Ms. Wilson, 26, and wounding her 14-month-old son, Sincere, Chief Garlock said. One officer involved in the raid, Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, a 31-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Black people in Lima, from the poorest citizens to religious and business leaders, complain that rogue police officers regularly stop them without cause, point guns in their faces, curse them and physically abuse them. They say the shooting of Ms. Wilson is only the latest example of a long-running pattern of a few white police officers treating African-Americans as people to be feared.
"They were having a party and the next thing, a woman is dead. He’s devastated by what happened," lawyer John Goldpaugh told The Detroit Free Press after having spent time with the officer in question.
While the police have said that Ms. Miller hugged the officer from behind, her mother was told by friends that her daughter ‘was being a little flirty’ with the man and hugged him face-to-face.
An autopsy performed on Monday showed that she died as a result of a single gunshot wound, and the initial police investigation ruled the shooting accidental.
That said, her death has been classified as a homicide..
Ms Miller graduated from Redford High School in Detroit before going to Everest College in California to receive her degree in massage therapy.
"All she wanted to do was enjoy the weekend for her birthday," her mother said.
"She had every right to enjoy turning 25 and look beyond that."
Sharmel Edwards (Las Vegas, Nevada)
On the evening of April 20, 2012, Sharmel Edwards—whose photo has never been released—went on what her boyfriend described as a romantic date. Later that evening, he woke up and discovered that the 49-year-old woman had gone on a late-night drive. He called the police and reported that she was driving his car “without his permission.” He also reported that he kept a gun in the car’s console. Officers pursued Edwards, calling in a SWAT team for back-up. Multiple witnesses claim that she exited the car with her hands up and unarmed, while the police and others claim she was holding a gun. A total of five officers fired at least 15 bullets at the woman with three handguns, a rifle, and a shotgun. The gun in the car Edwards was driving was never fired.
The police argue that they were killing a car thief out on bail when they shot 23-year-old Shantel Davis in June 2012. But she was unarmed and trying to flee when a police officer shot her point-blank in the chest. At the time, the officer who killed her had been a defendant in six federal lawsuits. A witness recalled hearing Davis screaming “I don’t want to be killed, don’t kill me!” right before the gun went off.
A community up in arms over the death of 17 year old Darnesha Harris. According to the police, Harris struck the front of the officer’s unit with her vehicle, then placed it in reverse, striking another parked vehicle on the roadway. After hitting the parked car, Harris drove forward, traveled through a ditch, and struck a bystander and another parked vehicle. In response, one of the responding officers exited his vehicle and fired multiple shots. Harris was transported to a hospital and later died as a result of her injuries. The bystander was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Trooper Hammons says there are many witnesses to this with different versions of what took place, but nothing will be released until proven factual. Investigators are focusing on the vehicle belonging to Harris to see at what angle the shots were fired, and if Harris was in possession of a weapon. Harris was in the vehicle at the time the shots were fired. No officers on the scene were injured by the collision, and the bystander that was struck is a potential witness so his identity will not be released for his protection.