At least 30 black men were killed in April, the equivalent of one each day for the month, but because the race of many victims wasn’t known, there may be more African-American victims of police violence.
By Frederick H. Lowe
The website Killed by Police reported on Friday that cops killed 101 civilians in April, down from 115 in March, but up from 85 in February and 91 in January.
Civilians killed by cops include Walter Scott who was shot in the back multiple times on April 4th by Michael Slager, a North Charleston, S.C. , police officer.
Scott’s murder was captured on video, but his violent death at the hands of police has not stopped officers from pulling out their guns and firing or in one instance beating to death a 31 year-old man who suffered from Asperger’s and Tourette’s Syndrome.
From April 1st through April 3rd, police killed seven men, four of them African-American. The race of one man isn’t known.
On the same day Scott was killed, an unnamed Zion, Ill., police officer shot Justus Howell, 17, twice in the back killing him. The Lake County, Ill., coroner’s office last week ruled Howell’s death a homicide.
The first killing of the month occurred April 1 when a Los Angeles police officer shot and killed Robert Washington a 37-year-old black man.
Police shot and killed five people on April 30, the last day of the month, including a black man and a black woman.
I counted 30 black men killed in April by police, including Freddie Gray, who died April 19 after being in the custody of the Baltimore police. There may have been more African Americans killed but the race of many of the victims of police deadly force was not known or disclosed.
Killed by Police reported that 392 people have been killed by police since January 1, 2015, and 1,101 were killed by police in 2014. Some 2,264 have been killed by police since May 1, 2013 when the website began keeping count.