Here’s What Young Black Men Said Before They Were Murdered By Police

by
Fatimah Mazhar
“Mike was trying to get away from being choked.”

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In an exclusive interview with MSNBC, Dorian Johnson, 22, recalled how Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

“I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!”

According to the eyewitness, these were the last words of his 18-year-old friend – whose death has sparked one of the most violent protests in the recent history in America.

As a tribute to Brown and other unarmed victims of police shootings, Shirin-Banou Barghi, an Iranian journalist and photographer, created a powerful photo series in which she features the last words of people right before they were killed.

Barghi tweeted that she "created these images to raise awareness about racist police violence in America and as an expression of solidarity,” adding the police crackdown in Ferguson reminded her of what happened in Iran during the 2009 uprising. 

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The Ferguson incident is being compared to the highly publicized 2012 case of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.

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Relatives of John Crawford, the man shot dead by police at a Beavercreek Walmart, say they’ve contacted civil rights organizations because they believe the shooting was not justified.

He is believed to have been shot dead after he picked up a toy gun in the store. However, other sources cite that he was waving an air rifle when he was killed.

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Eric Garner, a 350 pound, 43-year-old, 6'3" tall, asthmatic African American, was shot on July 17, 2014, in Staten Island, New York.. The victim previously had been arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes.

On August 1, 2014, medical examiners concluded chokehold and chest compression – by police officers – as the primary causes of Garner's death.

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The Sean Bell shooting incident took place in the New York City borough of Queens, on November 25, 2006.

A team of undercover NYPD officers, shot three men, a total of fifty times, on the basis of a misinterpreted conversation. The shooting occurred on the morning before Bell’s wedding.

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Oscar Grant was fatally shot in Oakland, California. Police detained him, threw him on the ground and shot the unarmed Grant in the back, stating that he “resisted arrest.”

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Kendrec McDade, a California college student and football star, was fatally shot seven times at close range by Pasadena cops.

The shooting occurred on the basis on false information from a 911 caller.

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Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea, was shot and killed by four New York police officers on February 4, 1999. He was unarmed.

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Kimani Gray was fatally shot seven times after police in New York City alleged he was running away.

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In September 2013, Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed man who was shot right after he had survived a car crash in Charlotte, North Carolina and was looking for help.

A frightened woman heard him pounding and opened her front door, then called the cops.

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