SAY THEIR NAMES! Buffalo Homeowner’s Front Yard is a Teaching Moment

A resident in the Elmwood Village at 617 Ashland has taken it upon herself to turn her front yard into a teaching moment for all to see:  hand written  signs with the names of  over 30   unarmed African Americans killed by police across the country. In the wake of the Chauvin trial – despite the fact it ended in a guilty verdict of murder in the killing of George Floyd , this brave citizen’s   yard is a reminder  that Floyd’s death is just one in a long history of  police killings of innocent Black people. As the Washington Post points out,  unarmed Black people account for about 40% of the unarmed Americans killed by the police, despite making up only about 13% of the American population. Very little has changed. challenger photo

The following  list of innocent victims is  just the tip of the iceberg. SAY THEIR NAMES!

David McAtee, August 3, 1966 – June 1, 2020

Louisville, Kentucky

Shot: June 1, 2020, Louisville Metropolitan Police Officer

George Perry Floyd, October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020 Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Knee on neck/Asphyxiated: May 25, 2020, Minneapolis Police Officer

Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, 1999 1999 – May 6, 2020 Indianapolis, Indiana Shot: May 6, 2020, Unidentified Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer

Michael Brent Charles Ramos, January 1, 1978 – April 24, 2020 Austin, Texas Shot: April 24, 2020, Austin Police Detectives

Breonna Taylor, June 5, 1993 – March 13, 2020

Louisville, Kentucky

Shot: March 13, 2020, Louisville Metro Police Officers

Manuel “Mannie” Elijah Ellis, August 28, 1986 – March 3, 2020 Tacoma, Washington

Physical restraint/Hypoxia: March 3, 2020, Tacoma Police Officers

Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, November 28, 1990 – October 12, 2019 Fort Worth, Texas

Shot: October 12, 2019, Fort Worth Police Officer

Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., June 18, 1997 – November 22, 2018 Hoover, Alabama Shot: November 22, 2018, Unidentified Hoover Police Officers

Charles “Chop” Roundtree Jr., September 5, 2000 – October 17, 2018

San Antonio, Texas

Shot: October 17, 2018, San Antonio Police Officer

Chinedu Okobi, February 13, 1982 – October 3, 2018 Millbrae, California Tasered/Electrocuted: October 3, 2018, San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant and Sheriff Deputies

Botham Shem Jean, September 29, 1991 – September 6, 2018 Dallas, Texas Shot: September 6, 2018, Dallas Police Officer

Antwon Rose Jr., July 12, 2000 – June 19, 2018 East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Shot: June 19, 2018, East Pittsburgh Police Officer

Saheed Vassell, December 22, 1983 – April 4, 2018 Brooklyn, New York City, New York Shot: April 4, 2018, Four Unnamed New York City Police Officers

Stephon Alonzo Clark, August 10, 1995 – March 18, 2018

Sacramento, California Shot: March 18, 2018, Sacramento Police Officers

Aaron Bailey, 1972 – June 29, 2017 Indianapolis, Indiana

Shot: June 29, 2017, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers

Charleena Chavon Lyles, April 24, 1987 – June 18, 2017

Seattle, Washington Shot: June 18, 2017, Seattle Police Officers

Fetus of Charleena Chavon Lyles (14-15 weeks), June 18, 2017 Seattle, Washington Shot: June 18, 2017, Seattle Police

Jordan Edwards, October 25, 2001 – April 29, 2017 Balch Springs, Texas Shot: April 29, 2017, Balch Springs Officer

Chad Robertson, 1992 – February 15, 2017 Chicago, Illinois

Shot: February 8, 2017, Chicago Police Officer

Deborah Danner, September 25, 1950 – October 18, 2016

The Bronx, New York City, New York Shot: October 18, 2016, New York City Police Officers

Alfred Olango, July 29, 1978 – September 27, 2016 El Cajon, California Shot: September 27, 2016, El Cajon Police Officers

Terence Crutcher, August 16, 1976 – September 16, 2016

Tulsa, Oklahoma Shot: September 16, 2016, Tulsa Police Officer

Terrence LeDell Sterling, July 31, 1985 – September 11, 2016

Washington, DC Shot: September 11, 2016, Washington Metropolitan Police Officer

Korryn Gaines, August 24, 1993 – August 1, 2016 Randallstown, Maryland Shot: August 1, 2016, Baltimore County Police

Joseph Curtis Mann, 1966 – July 11, 2016 Sacramento, California Shot: July 11, 2016, Sacramento Police Officers

Philando Castile, July 16, 1983 – July 6, 2016 Falcon Heights, Minnesota Shot: July 6, 2016, St. Anthony Police Officer

Alton Sterling, June 14, 1979 – July 5, 2016 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Shot: July 5, 2016, Baton Rouge Police Officers

Bettie “Betty Boo” Jones, 1960 – December 26, 2015

Chicago, Illinois Shot: December 26, 2015, Chicago Police Officer

Quintonio LeGrier, April 29, 1996 – December 26, 2015, Chicago, Illinois Shot: December 26, 2015, Chicago Police 

Corey Lamar Jones, February 3, 1984 – October 18, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Shot: October 18, 2015, Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer

Jamar O’Neal Clark, May 3, 1991 – November 16, 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Shot: November 15, 2015, Minneapolis Police Officers

Samuel Vincent DuBose, March 12, 1972 – July 19, 2015

Cincinnati, Ohio

Shot: July 19, 2015, University of Cincinnati Police Officer

Sandra Bland, February 7, 1987 – July 13, 2015 Waller County, Texas Excessive Force/Wrongful Death/Suicide (?): July 10, 2015, Texas State Trooper

Brendon K. Glenn, 1986 – May 5, 2015 Venice, California

Shot: May 5, 2015, Los Angeles Police Officer

Freddie Carlos Gray Jr., August 16, 1989 – April 19, 2015

Baltimore, Maryland Brute Force/Spinal Injuries: April 12, 2015, Baltimore City Police

Walter Lamar Scott, February 9, 1965 – April 4, 2015 North Charleston, South Carolina Shot: April 4, 2015, North Charleston Police Officer rlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer

Tamir Rice, June 15, 2002 – November 22, 2014 Cleveland, Ohio Shot: November 22, 2014, Cleveland Police Officer

Akai Kareem Gurley, November 12, 1986 – November 20, 2014 Brooklyn, New York City, New York Shot: November 20, 2014, New York City Police  

Michael Brown Jr., May 20, 1996 – August 9, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri Shot: August 9, 2014, Ferguson Police Officer

John Crawford III, July 29, 1992 – August 5, 2014

Beavercreek, Ohio Shot: August 5, 2014, Beavercreek Police  

Eric Garner, September 15, 1970 – July 17, 2014 Staten Island, New York Choke hold/Suffocated: July 17, 2014, New York City Police Officer:Told officers “I can’t breathe”

Miriam Iris Carey, August 12, 1979 – October 3, 2013

Washington, DC Shot 26 times: October 3, 2013, U. S. Secret Service Officer

Excerpted from a list compiled by Gonzaga University/BlackLives Matter #SayTheirName