The Western Area will continue the dialogue initiated through The Links, Incorporated Black Lives Matter Webinar series to increase knowledge on pressing matters so that we can educate our communities, especially our children, and rewrite the narrative of our future.
We must help our communities establish trust between police departments and the men, women and children they vow to serve and protect as well as teach our children the proper protocol for interacting with law enforcement.
The Washington Post (Democracy Dies in Darkness)
In 2015 the Washington Post created a database cataloging every fatal shooting nationwide by a police officer in the line of duty, collecting data on those who were killed and details of the shootings. The effort began because data compiled by the federal government was unreliable and incomplete. The data can be filtered by:
State, Gender, Race, Age, Mental illness, Weapon, Body Camera, Fleeing the scene and by name of the shooting victim. The data base is regularly updated and access to information by year can be found by clicking on these links:
|On the night of October 20, 2014, a white Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was carrying a knife, as he was walking away from Van Dyke. McDonald was shot 16 times by Van Dyke, the only officer to fire at the teen. After a lengthy delay in the release of the dash cam video, Van Dyke was fired and later indicted for murder and for 16 counts of aggravated battery. Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer to be charged with murder for an on-duty shooting in more than 50 years. On October 5, 2018, Van Dyke was convicted of second degree murder and is currently in custody awaiting sentencing.|
|On April 29, 2017, Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old honor student and star athlete was fatally shot by police officer Roy Oliver in Balch Springs, TX. He was shot in the back of the head while riding in the front passenger’s seat of a vehicle driving away from officers that attempted to stop it. He was unarmed during the encounter. Roy Oliver was the only officer to fire his gun. He was fired by the Balch Springs Police Department within days following the shooting, and was indicted for murder and four additional charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant on July 17, 2017. Oliver was convicted of murder on August 28, 2018, and sentenced to 15 years in prison on August 29, 2018. The last time an on-duty police officer in Dallas County was convicted of murder was 45 years ago in 1973.
“It’s about Tamir Rice. It’s about Walter Scott. It’s about Alton Sterling,” he said, naming victims of police shootings in recent years. “It’s about every, every African American, unarmed African American, who has been killed and who has not gotten justice.”—Daryl Washington, an attorney representing the Edwards family
The article below is written by John Silvanus Wilson, President of Morehouse College. It is important because President Wilson and his brother were stopped by the police when he was a young man and he relates how they were able to safely navigate that experience. He serves as an example of how far an African American male can go if he keeps his wits about him, not giving into anger, it an unfair, but dangerous situation. More importantly, he provides wise counsel to parents about the three things we must teach our young people:
Links members joined Mattie Compton/ WA Chair, Black Lives Matter, along with Pamela Petty/WA Black Lives Matter Committee Member, as they participated in a public forum, “Black & Blue: Which Lives Matter?” The event was held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 with the Dallas Police Department, activists and other community leaders. The discussion was livestreamed from Christian Chapel Temple of Faith in Dallas, TX.