Monday, April 11, 2016

If your movement against police violence ignores a 6-year-old killed by the police because he's of the wrong race, your movement is not about police violence

I missed this story from 2015: Jeremy David Mardis: 6-year-old is the year's youngest US police shooting victim. According to Shooting of Jeremy Mardis:
For unclear reasons, Greenhouse and Stafford allegedly fired 18 rounds of ammunition into Few's vehicle[3] at approximately 9:30 p.m.[8] Few was struck twice, in the head and chest,[3] despite reportedly having his hands in the air, according to police body-camera footage.[9][10] Mardis was hit by five bullets, also struck in the head and chest, and is believed to have died instantly, according to the coroner for Avoyelles Parish.[3]
Here's why #BlackLivesMatter cannot rally behind him:

It's the same reason they can't rally behind Hispanic victims, or even American Indians, the group that's most likely to be victims of police violence.


Relevant: If You Run, You're Done: Why Cops Go Berserk When People Run From Them | Alternet

ETA: Inside small-town Louisiana feud that led to a 6-year-old boy’s police killing - The Washington Post

Continued: And if your police violence movement ignores American Indian lives, it definitely isn't about police violence