Malcolm X Grassroots Movement releases “Report on Extrajudicial Killings of 120 Black People since January 1st, 2012.”
Every 36 hours in the United States one Black woman, man or child is killed by police, and by a smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes. These are the startling findings of a new and now updated report on Extrajudicial Killings of Black People released July 9, 2012 and updated July 16, 2012. What motivated the round-the-clock research for this new Report? More than two years ago, on New Year’s Eve, police killed two innocent men: Oscar Grant in Oakland, Adolph Grimes in New Orleans and shot Robert Tolan in a Houston suburb. Based on research started in 2009 after those murders, we learned there were a lot more killings that had not yet been uncovered. Then, after Trayvon’s murder, there was a huge public outcry and a few headlines about more killings. More grieving families and more calls for investigation. Further research became urgent and it demonstrated that Trayvon’s death was not an isolated tragedy. Between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012, at least 110 Black people were killed by police and their “deputies.”
Monday, July 16, 2012
For Immediate Release
An updated edition of the Report on Extrajudicial Killings of Black People is now available, revealing that every 36 hours a Black Person is killed by the police in the United States.
“As we dug deeper, and more grieving family members came forward, we found that every 36 —not 40 hours — another Black child, man or woman dies at the hands of the police, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes”, Kali Akuno of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement explained.
In the week since the first edition of the Report on Extrajudicial Killings of Black People was released the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and Malcolm X Solidarity Committee (MXSC) uncovered 10 new confirmed cases of Black people killed by the police in the first six months of 2012. This brings the total to 120 — which, the Report indicates, is still only the tip of a very deep iceberg.
What motivated the round-the-clock research for this new Report? More than two years ago, on New Year’s Eve, police killed two innocent men: Oscar Grant in Oakland, Adolph Grimes in New Orleans and shot Robert Tolan in a Houston suburb. We anticipated that the election of the first President of African descent in 2008 would lead to an upsurge in racist violence against Black people by the police and other instruments of repression. Based on research starting in 2009, we uncovered the sad reality was far worse than we thought. After the murder of Trayvon Martin, there was a huge public outcry and a few headlines about more killings, then more grieving families and more calls for investigation. Exposure of the true depth of the problem became more urgent to demonstrate that Trayvon’s death was not an isolated tragedy, but symptomatic of the larger problem of institutional racism and the devaluation of Black life.
“Any one of these people killed could have been my son or your husband or daughter”, says Arlene Eisen, member of the Malcolm X Solidarity Committee and co-author of the Report.
Rosa Clemente of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement elaborates, “Nowhere is a Black woman or man safe from racial profiling, invasive policing, constant surveillance, and overriding suspicion. All Black people – regardless of education, class, occupation, behavior or dress – are subject to the whims of the police in this epidemic of state initiated or condoned violence.”
The Report, produced by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and the “No More Trayvon Martins” campaign, is part of a larger effort. Kali Akuno, report co-author explained, “The Report shows how people of African descent remain subjected to institutionalized racist policies and procedures that arbitrarily stop, frisk, arrest, brutalize and even execute Black people. The killing will continue despite calls for investigations and lawsuits. We urge people to read this Report and join us in demanding that the Obama administration implement a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice to stop these killings and other human rights violations being committed by the government”.
To read the report visit www.mxgm.org. For information on the petition visit http://www.ushrnetwork.org/content/webform/trayvon-martin-petition.