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INJUSTICE/CIVIL RIGHTS/SOCIAL JUSTICE: Civil Rights Injustices Today

Civil Rights Violations in 2016

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ALFRED WRIGHT

Wright, who was married to a white woman with two sons, mysteriously disappeared on November 7, 2013 after his truck broke down. His parents set out to pick him up at a liquor store an hour away. But he wasn’t there. After two weeks, the sheriff told his family his office, “exhausted its resources and funds.” A week later the family found his body with his throat slashed, striped down to his boxers, body injected with drugs and a silver coin. His death was ruled as “no foul play.”

There’s been much speculation, but it’s becoming clear with the Texas rangers and US Justice Department involved and mysterious details, someone was trying to cover up a murder. Jasper, Texas is known for racial injustice. In 1998, James Byrd Jr. was tied to a truck and dragged for miles by white men.

WILLIAM TORBIT JR

Torbit was shot by fellow  police officers in January 2011! Torbit was shot 20 times by fellow cops after they fired 42 shots. Torbit was killed alongside a civilian after a fight occurred at a nightclub, which Torbit responded to with 29 other cobs. He wasn’t wearing uniform at the time. His family was outraged as no charges were filed against civilians or police officers.

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JORDAN DAVIS

Another horrible case of “Stand Your Ground.” Michael Dunn shot at a SUV when he asked the car’s passengers to turn down the rap music the group had playing. Jordan Davis was murdered in result. Dunn claimed he was protecting himself and was threatened with what looked like a shotgun first. There was no shotgun found. He was convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting Davis’ friends, but the jury didn’t reach a verdict on a first-degree murder charge of Davis.

TROY DAVIS

Davis was sentenced to death in August 1991 after eye witnesses claimed to have seen Davis shoot and kill a Burger King security guard Mark MacPhail in 1989. Davis went on to become a death penalty icon, after his death in September 2011. Davis maintained his innocence for more than 20 years. And he has since started a discussion about eye witness testimonies and the death penalty.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN

A New York police officer killed an emotionally distressed elderly ex-marine in 2012 after responding to a medical alert call in White Plains, New York. Chamberlain reportedly told the officers he was fine. They insisted on coming in. When they did, Chamberlain charged at them with a hatchet. He was stunned. Anthony Carelli fired the shots. His son said audio and video from the shooting was not used in court fairly. The officer was cleared. His son sued for $21 million for using excessive force on his father and killing him.

RENISHA MCBRIDE

She knocked on a door of a Detroit man, Theodore Paul Wafer, to ask for help after a car accident. Wafer shot and killed her — claiming he did so in self defense because he thought she was trying to break into his home. He was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a firearm, after much pressure from the community and McBridge’s family.

CENTRAL PARK FIVE

This case rivals Trayvon Martin’s case in national attention. But the original 1989 coverage was sensationalized to paint the Central Park jogger Trisha Meili as a survival victim and these wrongfully convicted black and Latino youths (Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Yusuf Salaam and Kharey Wise) as teenaged mutants and a wolf pack. With inconsistencies with evidence, the five men were coerced into confessing on video to the rape.

In 2002, Matias Reyes — who was serving a life sentenced for rape and murder — confessed and pulled together missing pieces of evidence. After serving a range of six to 13 years a piece, the charges were vacated. The CP5 are waiting for the city to settle their $250 million dollar suit, even after Bill de Blasio agreed to settle the case.

OSCAR GRANT

Grant’s story was brought to significant national attention after video recordings captured his murder. Interest in his case resurfaced with the critically-acclaimed film, Fruitvale Station starring Michael B. Jordan. After reports of a fight at the Bay Area Rapid Transit, Johannes Mehserle was restraining Grant and he was allegedly resisting. The officer said he was going to tase him and instead, he shot him in the back. Grant was unarmed and pronounced dead the following morning.

EVERETTE HOWARD

The University of Cincinnati public safety officers responded to an assault and tased Howard who went into cardiac arrest and died the next day in August 2011. Richard Haas shot his taser at his chest. His family filed a civil lawsuit.

SEAN BELL

Bell was shot reportedly 50 times by NYPD. Gescard Isnora was reportedly the first cop to open fire on Bell in 2006 after hearing a man say “get my gun” at a strip club in Jamaica, Queens. No officers have been arrested — only forced out of the force. No gun was ever found, Bell was unarmed.

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