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The current state of affairs have inspired a series of investigations into the issue of law enforcement systematically getting away with the murder of unarmed people of color. The emphasis so far has been with Black men but Black women are also at risk of this longstanding epidemic.

After it was announced that NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted – the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund Twitter posted a slew of tweets, depicting the names of men and women lost their lives while in police custody. The timeline begins from 1999, the year Amadou Diallo was gunned down in New York.

The collage of faces total 76, and each story is a testimony to the fact that there is a fundamental breakdown in the way cops relate to the black community. The urge to kill instead of implementing disabling tactics seems to be the root of a problem that has gone way to long without resolve.

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  • Love.tweet.joi

    Did they forget to mention all of the white people who have been killed? Since we don’t make up the majority of the population, there has to be like what more than 200 white people who have been killed. There must be some mistake! It would be IMPOSSIBLE for the police to kill ALL OF THESE BLACK PEOPLE and the government not see a trend and prosecute these officers [murderers] to the fullest extent of the law. OH THAT’S RIGHT, they were all ACCIDENTS. I must be over-reacting.

  • We should know about these human beings.

  • Anthony

    I can only look at that list for a little while. It is depressing beyond words to see all who have been killed.

  • Mary Burrell

    Too many dead people so sad may they all rest in peace. Unfortunately they list will keep growing.