The past week has been difficult for so many reasons. Don’t be suffocated by the frustration and constant focus on how people of color are regarded in the U.S.

This post is for a brief synopsis on the killings of people of color in America by American police officers. You can also find some information that may help you reset yourself mentally and emotionally. 

Alton Sterling – June 14, 1979 – July 5, 2016
Philando Castile – July 16, 1983 – July 6, 2016
Alva Braziel – 1978 – July 9, 2016

Delrawn Small – 1979 – July 4, 2016
Pedro Villanueva – 1997 – July 5, 2016

Rest in Power to men killed unnecessarily, without due process

Most recent updates on the progress of potential criminal charges and accountability can be found at the following links: 

– Villanueva – “No objectively reasonable basis to shoot”
– Braziel – “What we’ve learned from HPD body camera” 
– Castile – “Special prosecutor added to Castile case”
– Sterling – “Attorneys representing Sterling family”

Additional articles providing commentary on policing in America, citizen response, and consequences affecting the city after these tragedies can be found below

Racial profiling and unconscious bias fueling policing –
Misguided perspectives created by poverty, economic deterioration, and the struggle to provide –
Decreased anti-drug efforts in Baton Rouge since murder of Alton Sterling –
Truth about race and policing from the mouth of a retired, Black officer –

Finally, take care of yourselves, beautiful people: