Police shootings: Men and women who have died at the hands of police
According to the Washington Post, more than 2,000 people have been killed by police officers since the beginning of 2015. The following is a synopsis of some of the highest profile cases in which Americans have died at the hands of law enforcement dating back to 2014.
On Sept. 20, 2016, police in Charlotte, North Carolina fatally shot 43-year-old Keith LaMont Scott while carrying out an unrelated search warrant. Officers say they saw Scott exit the car with a gun, and refused to comply with their commands to drop the weapon. Scott's family claims he had suffered brain damage in the past and had trouble communicating. The shooting sparked violent protests in the Charlotte area. In Nov. 2016, prosecutors declined to charge the officer who shot Scott.Photo by: Sean Rayford Terence Crutcher
Terence Crutcher was shot and killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Officer Betty Shelby on Sept. 16, 2016. Police were called to the scene when Crutcher's vehicile was found abandoned and running in the middle of the road. After refusing to show his hands and failing to follow other police orders, Shelby felt threatend and shot Crutcher. PCP was recovered at the scene, and records show Crutcher had a history of using the drug. On May 17, 2017, a jury acquitted Betty Shelby of first-degree manslaughter.Photo by: Family photo Sylville Smith
Sylville Smith of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was shot and killed after he fled a traffic stop on August 13, 2016. He was armed with a loaded handgun and was shot twice by Milwaukee Police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown. Smith's death sparked three nights of unrest and riots throughout Milwaukee. In June 2017, Heaggan-Brown was acquitted of first-degree reckless homicide relating to Smith's death.Photo by: Pool Alton Sterling
Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by police in Baton Rogue, Louisiana on July 5, 2016 while selling CDs on a street corner. A 911 caller reported to police that Sterling waved his gun and threatened him. Upon arriving on the scene, Sterling was tased and wrestled to the ground. When police officers noticed Sterling was carrying a gun, Sterling was told not to move and then shot. In May 2017, the Department of Justice said it would not charge the officers, though the state of Louisiana is still investigaitng.Photo by: From Facebook Freddie Gray
After being placed under arrested for possessing an illegal switchblade on April 12, 2015, Gray suffered a spinal cord injury while being transported in a police vehicle. He was moved to a hospital and died of a spinal cord injury one week later on April 19, 2015. Gray's death sparked riots and unrest in Baltimore in the early summer months of 2015. Six seperate officers will be tried for Gray's death. Thus far, two have been found not guilty and the trial for a third officer was thrown out due to a hung jury.Photo by: Family of Freddie Gray Tamir Rice
On Nov. 22, 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed while playing with a toy gun in a public park in Cleveland, Ohio. The 911 caller who reported seeing Rice with the toy told dispatcher that Rice was probably a minor and his gun was probably fake, but that information was never relayed to officers. A grand jury declined to bring charges against the officers. The 911 dispatcher received an eight-day suspension.Photo by: Chip Somodevilla Eric Garner
The New York City man died on July 17, 2014 shortly after being placed under arrest for unlawfully selling cigarettes by the New York Police Department. During a scuffle with police, Garner can be heard on video yelling, "I can't breathe" multiple times. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the policeman who was attempting to arrest Garner, was cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury in December 2014.Photo by: Spencer Platt Michael Brown
The Ferguson, Missouri teenager was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Darren Wilson. Brown's death sparked riots in the community and led to a Department of Jusrice investigation into the Ferguson Police Department which found widespread problems with racism within the department. A grand jury ultimately decided not to bring charges against Wilson.
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