A see at police use-of-force cases before Freddie Gray

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 10:46 PM

But there were exterior pressures, as well, including outrage in other cities over the deaths of other black men following their contact with police.

The widespread unrest that broke out in Baltimore on the day of Freddie Gray'south funeral on April twenty-seven, two thousand fifteen, has been attributed to a host of factors, including decades of dysfunction in the city'south institutions, neighborhoods and leadership. But there were exterior pressures, as well, including outrage in other cities over the deaths of other black men following their contact with police. Here of five of those cases:

ERIC GARNER

A 43-year-old black father of six, Garner died July seventeen, two thousand fourteen, during an encounter close his Staten Island residence with the NY Police Department, after an officer appeared to space him in a chokehold while arresting him for illegally selling loose cigarettes. Number criminal charges have been filed in Garner'south death, which was captured on cellphone video by an onlooker, but a federal probe continues. Garner'south dying refrain, "I can't breathe", became a rallying cry that helped galvanize a national movement on police treatment of minorities.

MICHAEL BROWN

An unarmed black 18-year-old, Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson on August nine, two thousand fourteen, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Some witnesses claimed Brown had his hands up in surrender, but police maintained Wilson shot in self-defense. A St. Louis County grand jury and the U. S. Dept of Justice declined to indict Wilson, who resigned. The Justice Dept issued a report critical of Ferguson in March two thousand fifteen, citing racial bias in the city'south criminal justice system.

TAMIR RICE

Rice, a black 12-year-old boy, was fatally shot exterior a Cleveland, Ohio, city recreation middle by white, then-rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann, on Nov. twenty-two, two thousand fourteen, while Rice played with a pellet gun. Rice died the following day during surgery. Loehmann and his training officer, Frank Garmback, were captured on surveillance video as they responded to a nine hundred eleven call about a man waving a gun and pointing it at people. A grand jury in late December two thousand fifteen declined to indict them.

ERIC HARRIS

The 44-year-old black man was shot and killed on April two, two thousand fifteen, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by a white volunteer sheriff'south deputy who says he mistook his handgun for a stun gun. Robert Bates, seventy-three, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death, which was caught on video. Stanley Glanz, the sheriff who employed him as a reserve deputy, was indicted in Sept. two thousand fifteen by a grand jury on two misdemeanor counts and resigned Nov. one. Bates has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to start April 18.

WALTER SCOTT

Scott, fifty, was fatally shot on April four, two thousand fifteen, by white SC police officer Michael Slager while trying to running from a traffic stop in N Charleston. A bystander recorded the shooting with a cellphone as Slager shot Scott, who was unarmed and running far from him, eight times in the back. Slager, who lied about the circumstances of the shooting before the video was released, was fired after his arrest on a murder charge. His trial is scheduled for later this year.

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