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42 of the Thousands of Police Brutality Incidents Showing Marching and Voting Are Ineffective

Sharpeville Massacre

Sharpeville Massacre — March 21, 1960

South African police shot at a crowd of Black anti-apartheid protesters, killing 69 and injuring over 180. Evidence showed that the police continued firing even when the crowd had turned to run, and the majority of those killed and wounded were shot in the back.



Jackson State Killings

Jackson State killings — May 14, 1970

Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, and James Earl Green, 17, were shot and killed and 12 others injured as police attempted to disperse about 100 protesting Black students near the campus of Jackson State University in Mississippi.



Steve Biko

Steve Biko — September 1977

Steve Biko, the anti-apartheid activist and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, was arrested, tortured and beaten so badly by police that he fell into a coma. He died in police custody while being transported to another prison with hospital facilities. The police officers involved in Biko’s beatings were denied amnesty by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, but they were also never prosecuted.



Arthur McDuffie Miami riots

Arthur McDuffie — Dec. 17, 1979

In Miami, insurance agent Arthur McDuffie was brutally beaten by police following an arrest for outstanding traffic violations. The officers involved were later found not guilty, leading to the Liberty City riot on May 8, 1980, one of the worst in U.S. history.

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5 thoughts on “42 of the Thousands of Police Brutality Incidents Showing Marching and Voting Are Ineffective

  1. Jay Contreras says:

    Lynchings 3.0.

  2. Clarice McMorris says:

    Let's start fund raisers for all the displace young and old alike African American Men in America supporting them to reach some of their short-term goals, help them change "within", create stability in their lives and willingness to manage a positive outcome for human growth sake…

  3. Biawete Joel says:

    Absolutely disgusting.

  4. JF Williams says:

    This article, while informative on police violence to black people, is written with some pretty bad premises.

    It's because black people DON'T VOTE that it makes it easy for the police officers to get away with police state extra-judicial actions. Voting in Presidential elections don't just cut it.

    And even voting alone just don't do it.

    The black church and other black-dominated organizations need to step up and take control of the politics in their community. Run their own candidates and come out in force for those candidates in the local and state elections. Elect your own District Attormeys, your own mayors, city councilmen, county commissioners, county chairmen. And do so consistently. Attend local government meetings in force.

    In other words, BE A COMMUNITY.

    Eventually change will happen. But black folks need to stop waiting for other people outside of the black community to change. And stop waiting for outsiders to feel sorry for them.

    You might as well wait for pigs to fly. The human condition does not change that easily…regardless of the era and the technological advances.

  5. Bwire Vincent says:

    Blacks need to self govern themselves.

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