While, for many, the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin last week signalled a new and less discriminative police system here in the U.S, the statistics sadly beg to differ.
Because just twenty-four hours after Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, 6 people died at the hands of our law enforcement.
The Associated Press provided a list of those who died during encounters with the police in the day following Chauvin's conviction, in which he was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
Their names are as follows:
1. Ma'Khia Bryant.
Ma’khia Bryant’s life mattered. pic.twitter.com/Lk6cbDEzYx— Stella Safo, MD MPH (@AmmahStarr) April 25, 2021
Sixteen-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was fatally shot by officer Nicholas Reardon outside her foster home in Columbus, Ohio, during an altercation with another girl involving a knife.
The police were called out to reports of an attempted stabbing...
And, upon finding the teenager lunging at another girl with a knife in her hand, Reardon discharged 4 rounds, shooting her in the chest.
Ma'Khia later died in the hospital.
Since her death, there have been protests all across Ohio, with people using her name to stress the ongoing issue of police violence.
2. Escondido shooting.
An unidentified man was fatally shot by police officers after he was seen hitting cars with a metal pole.
The man, who is believed to have been homeless and suffering from mental health issues, was carrying a "large metal object," according to the police report.
Attended a protest outside Escondido PD today, in response to police shooting and killing an unhoused man this morning. Escondido Police released a video stating the individual had been booked into county jails 188 times since 2002, leading with 1/ pic.twitter.com/wQ4NNLHjUC— Joe Orellana (@joeorephoto) April 22, 2021
In a YouTube video posted by the department, EPD Chief Ed Varso later elaborated that the object was a 2-foot metal pry tool similar to those used in the auto repair industry.
When the officer first made contact, the man was not displaying any threatening behavior and didn't pose a threat to the officer or the public, Chief Varso said in the video.
“he is well known to the Escondido police department ... for violent assaults on the police and the public, for parole violations, drug charges...” and so on. The video also states that PERT has “tried on numerous occasions to place him in mental health support systems 2/ pic.twitter.com/RxR9GZWCT2— Joe Orellana (@joeorephoto) April 22, 2021
However, when the man refused to drop the pole, things escalated.
"The officer gave multiple commands to drop the tool, as well as several use of force warnings. The male continued to advance on the officer who was backing away, and he was ultimately shot."
In the video, Varso did not mention how many shots were fired.
3. Andrew Brown.
CNN reported that forty-two-year-old Andrew Brown, from North Carolina, was fatally shot by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies after they attempted to serve him an arrest warrant.
Few details have been released about the shooting...
But the sheriff previously said that "many" body cameras were worn by officers at the scene.
Brown's family is currently fighting to gain access to the footage captured on the body cameras that day.
This is Andrew Brown Jr — a 42yo Black father of SEVEN. He was gunned down by police in North Carolina as he was allegedly driving away from them, posing no danger to officers. pic.twitter.com/TtUAqW5hFd— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 24, 2021
"It's clear to us there is something bad on that bodycam video," civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Brown's family, told CNN on Saturday. "Transparency is essential."
4. Phet Gouvonvong.
Heartbreaking story of Phet Gouvonvong shot and killed by police in my hometown of Worcester, MA. This happened hours after the Chauvin verdict. I join his family’s call: the name of the officer who killed him must be released, and we need to know the truth of that night. https://t.co/n7B0mkbcQI— Charlotte Haller (@ProfessorHaller) April 23, 2021
Thirty-one-year-old Phet Gouvonvong, from Worcester, central Massachusetts, was killed during a confrontation with police officers.
Speaking at a press conference, District Attorney Joseph Early stated that Gouvonvong had called 911 at around 10.30 pm...
Cellphone video captures the standoff between Worcester police and the suspect they say was armed with an assault rifle and explosives. 31 year old Phet Gouvonvong was shot and killed after police say he made “furtive” movements. #wbz@5&6 pic.twitter.com/SUgFIsPUQT— Beth Germano (@BethWBZ) April 21, 2021
Claiming to have a rifle and a bomb which he threatened to detonate.
The police department later confirmed that it was Officer Paul Cyr who fired the fatal shot, according to NBC Boston.
PHET GOUVONVONG’s mother literally called WPD begging for them to spare his life. They ignored her pleas and still MURDERED him https://t.co/klOClg9HPX— Sathi 💛 (@sathixpatel) April 22, 2021
He has since been placed on administrative leave.
Gouvonvong's family had been pressing investigators for more information about the encounter.
"They had no right taking my son's life. They had no right," Gouvonvong's mother, AnnMarie Gonzalez, said as she stood on Grafton Street, where her son died.
At one point, she dropped to the ground and wept as traffic passed by.
5. San Antonio shooting.
An unidentified man died during an altercation on a bus, with officers claiming he had a gun.
Police officers were responding to a report of an armed man on a bus near San Pedro and West Olmos, according to KABB.
The man, said to be in his twenties, died at the scene.
5 other passengers and the driver were on the bus at the time of the shooting, reports have claimed.
It remains unclear as to whether the man ever fired a weapon.
6. San Antonio shooting.
Just hours after the bus shooting, a second man from the San Antonio area died after he reportedly shot at police officers.
Officers had been responding to a call that a person had been killed while working in a shed outside the caller's residence, the Associated Press reported.
Officers were called to a home after a forty-nine-year-old man went into the shed and killed the man who was in there, Police Chief William McManus said.
"A person drove up, went into the shed, and shot him and killed him right there," McManus said.
When officers arrived, the man started shooting at them and officers returned fire, killing him, McManus added.
Police have not yet released the names of the people killed, and McManus said authorities don't yet have a motive for the shooting of the homeowner.
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