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THE MOVE: Black Lives still Matter
See their faces, say their names
These fathers, sons, nephews, uncles, and brothers will be absent this holiday, and every holiday to come. The men pictured shared the same unfortunate fate this year, all over the state of Georgia, at the hands of armed, white men.
Look into their eyes. Say their names aloud. Read their stories. No one should die this way.
Then ask the question, “Does the punishment fit the crime?”
January 17, 2020
Powder Springs, Georgia
Samuel David Mallard, 19, was shot and killed by Cobb County SWAT officers who said they had arrived at his home to arrest him because he was a suspect in multiple crimes, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
January 23, 2020
De’Andre Lee Patterson-Seaborough, 22, was killed by Savannah police officers who said they were responding to a home invasion, he Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Police said Patterson-Seaborough, who they suspected of the invasion, was standing in the home’s yard. Police said they told Patterson-Seaborough to drop the weapon he was holding and that he did not comply. Officers said he pointed his weapon at them, prompting them to shoot.
January 23, 2020
Andrew Smyrna, 32, was shot and killed by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after he was found driving an alleged stolen car. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution., police said Smyrna was initially parked when officers confronted him, but attempted to leave. Smyrna allegedly drove toward the trooper, hitting his patrol car, and the trooper then shot at Smyrna.
February 23, 2020
March 17, 2020
William Simpkins, 39, was fatally shot by Atlanta police officers who said they were responding to a call that Simpkins was firing rounds into the air, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The first officer who arrived at the scene attempted to speak to Simpkins, police said. Simpkins then allegedly started to shoot at the officer. Six officers were engaged in a gunfire exchange with Simpkins and dozens of rounds were fired, police said. One of the officers fatally shot Simpkins.
March 20, 2020
Kamaal Koby Edwards, 18, was shot and killed by Cuthbert police officers who were investigating a car break-in, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
April 15, 2020
Goldie Bellinger, 39, of Williston, South Carolina, was fatally shot by SWAT officers in an hours-long standoff at an Augusta motel. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution police had been sent to the motel for a wellness check, authorities said.
Police said Bellinger barricaded himself in his room and refused to speak to deputies. One deputy said Bellinger had a gun, which Bellinger allegedly pointed at deputies at some point.
May 9, 2020
Yassin Mohamed, 47, was fatally shot by an Evans County deputy who said he was responding to reports that Mohamed was walking in the middle of a road. The deputy reported multiple encounters with Mohamed that day, according to WGCL-TV, the Atlanta CBS affiliate.
May 29, 2020
“How can an expired tag situation escalate into a killing?” — Banka Manneh, a Gambian human rights activist in Atlanta — The Washington Post
Momodou Lamin Sisay, 39, the son of a retired United Nations employee and Gambian diplomat, was killed by a Gwinnett County Police Department SWAT officer after a vehicle pursuit, WGCL-TV reported.
Snellville police had attempted to stop Sisay because he had a vehicle tag violation, police said. Sisay allegedly did not stop, and Snellville police chased Sisay until they applied a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver, forcing Sisay’s vehicle off the road.
Police said they approached the car and told Sisay to show his hands, but said he didn’t comply and allegedly pointed a handgun at the officers. The officers then opened fire and took cover. As they shouted commands at Sisay, he allegedly revved his car’s engine and attempted to flee.
June 11, 2020
Tunnel Hill, Georgia
Phillip Jackson, 32, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, was a passenger in a Tennessee-registered vehicle believed to have been reported stolen when police began chasing the car, Chattanooga’s WDEF-TV reported.
The car chase reached speeds up to 120 mph, Georgia State Patrol said. The chase ended when officers conducted a PIT maneuver, a move that caused the suspect’s vehicle to tailspin, hit a median, flip, and hit a tree, according to WDEF-TV.
June 12, 2020
Rayshard Brooks, 27, had fallen asleep in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru lane when he was approached by officers and then fatally shot.
Police body cameras show that two Atlanta police officers had a calm conversation with Brooks for more than 40 minutes after they received complaints of him sleeping in the car. Police said Brooks failed a sobriety test and then struggled when officers attempted to handcuff him.
Brooks managed to grab a taser from one of the officers and ran away, at one point aiming the taser at one of the officers. One of the officers then shot Brooks twice in the back.
July 14, 2020
Vincent Demario Truitt, 17, was shot by a Cobb County police officer after a traffic stop resulted in a foot chase, according to WGCL-TV.
Police had attempted to stop a vehicle with three teenage passengers, including Truitt, believing the car had been stolen, authorities said. The driver of the car fled, and when it reached a dead end, Truitt and another teen fled on foot. When Truitt allegedly brandished a gun, an officer then shot Truitt twice in the back. Truitt later died at an Atlanta hospital.
August 7, 2020
Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis, 60, was fatally shot by a Georgia state trooper after he allegedly tried to flee from a traffic stop, the Associated Press reported.
An attorney for Lewis’ family said that the traffic stop was initiated because Lewis had a tail light out. Police said the trooper chased Lewis until he forced him off the road and into a ditch, then fired one shot that killed him.
August 13, 2020
Rafael Jevon Minniefield, 29, died after a police chase in Coweta County, Georgia. Police said they spotted Minniefield driving his Dodge Ram against the curb of a street for roughly 50 yards, prompting an officer to believe he was driving under the influence, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
When the officer pulled him over, police said Minniefield drove away. A police chase ensued, with Minnifield reaching speeds of over 100 mph, according to video footage. A deputy performed a PIT maneuver, causing Minniefield to spin out into a pasture and flip, hitting a power pole and several trees. Minniefield was ejected from his vehicle and died on the way to the hospital.