Between March 29, 2021 – the start of the Derek Chauvin trial – and April 20th, when he was convicted of murdering George Floyd, police killed at least sixty-five more people – or about three people every day.
And it’s not just a terrifying trend – American police kill over 1,000 people every year. In one city, however, it’s recently been even WORSE.
Last year, the Los Angeles Police Department averaged one shooting every two weeks. But in a recent week the rate was much worse – at nearly one shooting per day! Some of the shootings included killing a man during a mental health crisis and shooting at a moving vehicle, which is against their own policy.
To rub salt in the wound, the LAPD has been consistently posting pictures of confiscated guns on their Twitter. “To protect and serve,” they claim. So, they’re not even addressing their own problem – but do we expect them to?
Departments will come up with a million excuses for why police continue to shoot so many civilians, or why they can be reformed out of this behavior. But the honest answer is that this system was never intended to serve us.
The LAPD has even tried to cover up their behavior by reporting events as "officer involved." No, they're killing people. We need to take control of the narrative before police, the media, or even other Black people try to normalize this – police killing people every single day should NEVER be normal!