After activists in the city of Baltimore declared a 72-hour “ceasefire” to bring awareness to the alarming rates of violence, it was broken after a 24-year-old man was left slain on Saturday, reports the New York Daily News.
The ceasefire kicked off on Friday and local community activists hoped that it would last through Sunday, writes the outlet. Although police reported that there were no shooting deaths that occurred on Friday, two separate gun violence incidents took place on Saturday. Police say that a man, 24, was shot on Saturday evening and rushed to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he later died, reports the source.
Two hours prior to the incident, a 22-year-old was shot in the arm and suffered non-life threatening injuries. “There is a war going on in Baltimore right now. We are experiencing genocide among our African-American males, both by the hands of the Police Department and from one another,” wrote the collective of activists who organized the Baltimore Ceasefire on Facebook, according to the outlet. “We the people need a call to action in order to save the city and our community for our future generations.”
New York Daily News reports that Baltimore had 204 homicides by the end of July.
In June, the Baltimore police department announced that they will add more patrol cops after a surge in homicides.
This is Jaquavion Slaton, the 20-year-old who was was shot & killed by Fort Worth Police on Sunday. Community demanding release of body camera video, but FWPD hasn’t said when/if that will happen. #WFAApic.twitter.com/iakQyWrRCl
Continue reading 64 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
64 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
UPDATED: 9:54 a.m. EDT, August 14, 2019 --
Police shooting and killing Black males is all but a centuries-old American tradition among law enforcement in the U.S. But the fact that this apparent rite of police passage was still thriving in 2019 and expected to continue well into 2020 and beyond should give any American citizen pause as more and more names of Black males continue to be added to a growing list of victims with what seems like a new shooting every week.
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Other victims' names include, but certainly, aren't limited to: Tamir Rice; Botham Shem Jean; E.J. Bradford; and Michael Brown.
As NewsOne continues covering these shootings that so often go ignored by mainstream media, the below running list Black men and boys who have been shot and killed by police under suspicious circumstances can serve as a tragic reminder of the danger they face upon being born into a world of hate that branded them as suspects since birth.