Thank you John Foust, Sharon Bulova and the Fairfax County Police, we made another brutality list thanks to your efforts
Help build a definitive guide to every unreleased video of police brutality
By Shaun KingFollow
Across the country, videos of extreme police brutality and murder exist, but are being concealed by police departments, prosecutors, and even media organizations. For nearly nine months, a deeply disturbing video of the Salt Lake City, Utah, police killing of Dillon Taylor existed, but was concealed not only by police and the district attorney, but even by the Salt Lake City Tribune.
In the video, we learned that Taylor, unarmed and committing no crime, posed no real threat to the officer and was listening to music on his headphones. We also witnessed the gruesome aftermath of what it truly looks like when someone is shot at point blank range by the police and then summarily treated like a criminal. It's one of the worst things you'll ever see in your life and should inform how you feel about the true impact of police brutality.
Ultimately, it's my strong belief that every video of police brutality and murder should be released immediately—not after prosecutors decide not to do anything, not after all charges are dropped, but as soon as it is humanly possible to load them to YouTube. The videos are public property, paid for by tax dollars, and inform the public far better than fictional press releases ever will.
Sadly, the Taylor video was not the only video being concealed by police and prosecutors. Below we will include a list of every police violence video that we know exists that people in power refuse to release.
In the comments section, please add more links and details and we will update this post to include them.
Natasha McKenna was killed by police in Fairfax County, Virginia, on February 3. The police have confirmed that a video exists but refuse to release it.
Matthew Ajibade was killed by law enforcement on January 1 in Savannah, Georgia. The police have confirmed a video exists but refuse to release it.
Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times and killed by Chicago police on October 20, 2014. His family received $5 million in a settlement, but officials refuse to release the video of his killing. It has since been reported that police deleted 100 minutes of video from a nearby Burger King.
Ernest Satterwhite was shot and killed by police in South Carolina, but police refuse to release the dashcam footage.
Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, but police refuse to release the video.
Kashad Ashford was killed by New Jersey police, but they refuse to release the video.
Lawrence Graham III was shot—apprently three times in the back—and killed by police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, but police refuse to release the video.
Ricardo Diaz Zeferino was completely unarmed when police in Gardena, California, shot and killed him, but they refuse to release the video. His family was given a $4.5 million wrongful death settlement.
Brandon Tate Brown was shot and killed by police in Philadelphia in December 2014, but officials refuse to release several videos of the shooting.
If you know of any additional cases in which police refuse to release videos, please post them in the comments section below or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to the list.
ORIGINALLY POSTED TO SHAUNKING ON THU JUN 04, 2015 AT 08:47 AM PDT.
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