We’ve all watched the horrifying footage of black men being killed by police while on the road. And black women violently arrested for minor driving infractions. We’ve seen the public reaction to police killings. But for black Americans, the story doesn’t end once the news cameras are gone. AJ+’s Dena Takruri set out to hear firsthand what it feels like to drive while black in America today.
AJ+’s Dena Takruri went to Charlotte, North Carolina, to speak with protesters who were reeling from the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. What she heard from the people on the ground stuck with her.
Chicago police are under fire for recent revelations about misconduct and cover-ups by cops. But these scandals and brutality are nothing new as history shows. Abuse within the Chicago PD goes way, way back.
The cameras of the world are focused on Baltimore right now. But the story of Baltimore’s current unrest didn’t start with the death of Freddie Gray. The people of the city have been dealing with a weakened economy, a broken education system and an over-bearing criminal justice system for years. AJ+’s Dena Takruri explains.
When is it appropriate for police to use lethal force and how does an officer make that call? AJ+’s Dena Takruri went to the Richmond police department, in California – which has had a record-low number of officer-involved shootings – to get some intense training.
Ferguson sparked a new national movement that’s sweeping across the U.S. And it’s young people leading the charge. They’re demanding the end to what they see as systemic racism in law enforcement that targets black people. Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, tells Dena Takruri who these activists are and the tactics they’re using to get what they want.
Another police officer who killed an unarmed black man will not be charged. This time it’s NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed #EricGarner with a chokehold in July 2014. This, just a week after a Ferguson grand jury chose not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The question on everyone’s minds is why does this keep happening?
AJ+’s Dena Takruri speaks with Oakland residents the day after the grand jury of St. Louis County decided not to charge police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Hundreds of protestors had filled Oakland’s streets the night of the announcement, some peacefully marching and tweeting #BlackLivesMatter, others smashing shop windows. The day after, residents voice their concerns in a neighborhood where this story has played out before, with the death of Oscar Grant in 2009, among others.
Eric Garner, an unarmed African-American man, died after NYPD officers put him in an apparent choke hold on July 17, 2014. Video of the incident has gone viral, sparking outrage over yet another incident of police brutality against a person of color. People have used #EricGarner, #JusticeForEricGarner and #RIPEricGarner.