For all of the fatal police shootings of people of color that are reported by mainstream media, many others go undocumented or are minimally covered.
Oftentimes, more media attention plays a role in spurring law enforcement, investigators and district attorneys to move forward with arrests and charges. Stories can also raise awareness, spark social media conversations and motivate activists to organize protests. There have been a number of demonstrations where marchers issued demands in police shooting cases and relayed those demands to news outlets.
The exchanges of information and news can make a difference in keeping eyes on these deadly police shootings and how they are treated by the criminal justice system. If people are in the know, then they can better challenge the status quo. And for people of color, calling out injustices are crucial for survival.
Here are fatal police shootings of African Americans that have not garnered substantial press—or which have faded from the media, although there has been little progress.
1. O’Shae Terry
On Saturday, September 1st, Mr. O’Shae Terry was shot and killed by an Arlington Police officer. The shooting occurred during a routine traffic stop for an expired vehicle registration tag.— Arlington, TX NAACP (@ArlingtonNAACP) October 8, 2018
At our next General Body Meeting, we will be receiving an update from Arlington PD. pic.twitter.com/ReZQyA5oVP
2. Botham Jean
3. Deandre Ballard
4. Chinedu Okobi
5. Jeffrey Dennis
This is #JeffreyDennis being recorded by his fiancé (he proposed in July). #Shesaidyes but they won’t be getting married. He was murdered on 8/29 by a plainclothes @PhillyPolice. @JoshShapiroPA has a recording that proves he was unarmed/nonviolent & shot at point blank range. pic.twitter.com/NPCYWQl5GZ— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) October 22, 2018
6. India Kager
India Kager (9/5/15)--India was shot and killed in the parking lot of a 7-11. Police fired 30 rounds in under 15 secs into her car even though they knew her 4-month-old son was in the back seat. In motherhood Black women's lives are not respected #HDD2018 #SayHerName #TownHall pic.twitter.com/gcgqBR8142— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) March 27, 2018
7. India Beaty
Today on March 19th, we remember India Beaty who was killed by Norfolk, VA police in a parking lot. She was shot five times in the back for reportedly holding a fake gun. #SayHerName #IndiaBeaty pic.twitter.com/T0ZaklqqfZ— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) March 19, 2018
8. Meagan Hockaday
9. Kisha Michael
Kisha Michael: killed by Ingelwood police. Say her name. pic.twitter.com/pO0Y4qutiJ— NOlympics LA #LocksOnMyBlock (@NOlympicsLA) October 1, 2017
10. Mya Hall
Mya Shawatza Hall, 27, Black, trans, from Fort Meade, MD (killed 03-30-2015) pic.twitter.com/p9IMSZhktn— LGBTQIAP PoC Beauty (@LGBTQIAPoC) September 14, 2015
11. Janisha Fonville
12. Darell Richards
13. Diante Yarber
14. Antwon Rose
15. Danny Ray Thomas
Here's a police shooting of an unarmed black man case that few know about. A Texas deputy killed Danny Ray Thomas days after Sacramento cops killed Stephon Clark...https://t.co/LMbaldMzxW pic.twitter.com/jPzcU2ARAx— NewsOne (@newsone) April 22, 2018
16. Markeis McGlockton
Michael Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in Florida. https://t.co/aTVroU2F4B— NewsOne (@newsone) September 3, 2018