Controversial Police Caused Shooting Deaths of 2014
Hundreds of thousands of people in several countries have protested some extremely controversial shooting deaths caused by U.S. Police officers. Here are some very controversial police caused shooting deaths that have inspired they massive protests.
James Boyd -Albuquerque, New Mexico
Captured on video, 38-year-old James Boyd was illegally camping in the Albuquerque foothills on March 16, when he was approached by multiple police officers, who woke him up and tossed a stunning flash-bang grenade at him when he tried to pick up his belongings. They then shot him repeatedly while in a obviously disoriented state he reached for a knife. He died the next day.
Michael Brown -Ferguson, Missouri
The unarmed 18-year-old African-American college student’s life ended on August 9, by Caucasian 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was stopped by Wilson because he matched a robbery suspect description. In an ensuing altercation, of which the eyewitness details vary tremendously, Wilson discharged his weapon 12 times, killing Michael Brown. Video of Officer Wilson arresting a man for videotaping him has emerged. Wilson resigned as a police officer after a Grand Jury failed to indict him.
Dontre Hamilton -Milwaukee, Wisconsin
31-year-old mentally ill Dontre Hamilton was shot 14 times on April 30 by Officer Christopher Manney. The officer went to a downtown park to check on the sleeping man, and according to his story, realized the man was mentally ill and began immediately frisking him in a unprofessional manner, even though the man had committed no crime. Hamilton resisted this search, and the two exchanged blows before Hamilton got a hold of Manney’s baton and held it “in an aggressive posture”. It was at this point Christopher Manney opened fire ending Dontre Hamilton’s life. Manney was fired 8 months later.
Tamir Rice -Cleveland, Ohio
A 12-year-old boy playing with a BB gun at Cudell Recreation Center was shot twice by 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann within two seconds of arriving on the scene. Tamir Rice died soon after being shot. The incident was captured on video.