50 U.S. Black women killed by police since 2015; not one officer convicted

Sandra Bland - cellphone footage
cellphone footage from Sandra Bland’s arrest

source: The Grio
published: 10 June 2021

New data provides an illuminating picture into the issue of police violence committed against Black women. From February 2015 to March 2021, police killed at least 50 Black women across the country and not a single officer involved in those deaths has been convicted, according to a new Insider report.

The Insider report notes that the true number of Black women killed by police during this time frame is likely higher, but the website’s current database is populated with cases that are confirmed through conversations with racial justice activists and court documents, records and other materials obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

These Black women include those whose stories have made headlines like Breonna Taylor, Korryn Gaines, and Atatiana Jefferson and those whose names have yet to be amplified on the national stage, like 72 year-old Geraldine Townsend who was asleep in her home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma when officers raided it for marijuana in 2018. Or 38 year-old Yuvette Henderson who was shot in the back with an AR-15 by police in Emeryville, California in 2015.

“Violence towards Black girls and women has always received far too little coverage, leaving loved ones of countless victims of state-sanctioned murder without justice,” said Arisha Hatch, vice president and chief of campaigns of the racial justice organization Color of Change.

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