This is not a blog so much as it is a statement. In my Facebook newsfeed this morning I saw a post from my sister/cousin Carolyn Briggs of Portland, Oregon. We are not related by blood, but she is family. She shared this list from her friend Susan Abe, who is a copy editor at The Columbian newspaper of Vancouver, Washington.
This is a compilation of the shootings and killings, either, only those of or by police over the last week. As you scroll down the list, you'll notice that it isn't just the United States that has a problem. And clearly this isn't a complete list. One should be able to draw reasonable conclusion that the U.S., India and Kenya aren't the only countries that have had shootings involving police over the last week. However, this, in my opinion, is a startling list nonetheless.
So concerned by the number of deaths of African Americans by cops, The Honorable Frederick A. Mitchell, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas issued this advisory: "We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally. In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate. If there is any issue please allow consular offices for The Bahamas to deal with the issues. Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds."
It is extremely common for the United States government to issue travel advisories to American citizens visiting abroad, but very rarely do other countries issues warnings to their citizens visiting the U.S.
In the July 10 newspaper, The Columbian.
• Alton Sperling, shot dead by two unnamed officers (Louisiana)
• Philando Castile, shot dead by an unnamed officer (Minnesota)
• Lorne Ahrens, shot dead by Micah Xavier Johnson (Texas)
• Michael Krol, shot dead by Micah Xavier Johnson (Texas)
• Michael J. Smith, shot dead by Micah Xavier Johnson (Texas)
• Brent Thompson, shot dead by Micah Xavier Johnson (Texas)
• Patrick Zamarripa, shot dead by Micah Xavier Johnson (Texas)
• • • • • • • Seven other officers, shot by Micah Xavier Johnson (Texas)
• Mike Flamion, shot by Antonio Taylor (Missouri)
• Randall Hancock, shot by Stephen Paul Beck (Georgia)
• Stephen Paul Beck, hospitalized with undescribed wound(s) administered by unidentified person or people (Georgia)
• Danny Clyde Burnam, shot at by three officers and hit by at least one (New Jersey)
• Unnamed man (Alva Braziel's wife says it was him) shot dead by unnamed officers (Texas)
• Brian McKenzie shot at by Alonzo Majia Nunez (Georgia)
• Delrawn Small shot dead by Wayne Isaacs (New York)
• Willie Kimani killed, presumably by police (Kenya)
• Joseph Muiruri killed, presumably by police (Kenya)
• Josephat Mwenda killed, presumably by police, after asking human rights lawyer Kimani for help in pursuing charges against an officer who had shot him (Kenya)
• • • • • • • • Seven or more Kashmiri protesters, shot dead by Indian authorities; another man drowned as he tried to flee authorities. The local police intelligence chief said protesters had attacked police and paramilitary posts across the region, injuring some 90 troops (Srinagar, India)
• Greg Howard Moore, shot by Wes Johnson (Oregon)
• Nicholas Hogan allowed to use a firearm while under indictment for pepper-spraying an unnamed man who had been arrested and restrained (Washington)
• Andy Lamar Gibson, shot by Esteban Perez (Oregon)
That's not the whole paper, by any means — it's a 40-page paper and all those were on five pages. But it's not all the shootings and killings, either, only those of or by police.
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