The Names

Daunte Wright

Rayshard Brooks

Daniel Prude

Breonna Taylor

Attatiana Jefferson

Aura Rosser

Stephon Clark

Botham Jean

Philando Castile

Alton Sterling

Freddie Gray

Janisha Fonville

Eric Garner

Michelle Cusseaux

Akai Gurley

Gabrielle Nevarez

Tamir Rice

Michael Brown

Tanisha Anderson

and of course, Rodney King*

George Floyd

Those are just a few of the Black people who have been killed in the past few years by police and who never, ever got justice. Neither did their families.

But now man one has. George Floyd is dead, but he and his family got justice. And we now know that justice for Blacks requires video recordings of police murders that are shown to the whole world. That’s what it took this time.

And maybe, just maybe, his little daughter, Gianna, will be proven right, saying, “My daddy is going to change the world.”

Which will be a very good thing. Writing to your senators and telling them to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a good way to help.


  • * Rodney King was brutally beaten by four Los Angeles police officers, but he did not die from that beating. He’s included in this list because his is an iconic and tragic story. Even with video tape evidence of his beating shown to the jury, neither he nor his family ever got justice. That touched off the LA riots in 1992.


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  1. Jim Altschuler Reply

    What I think:
    Whether by bullet or choking or rope or beating with or without a whip, people of color are still being “lynched”;
    This ignominious practice has been going on for 100’s of years unabated by the rule of law;
    If white people were treated in this way, the hue and cry that would be raised would be deafening;
    ALL human beings deserve the same (equal) treatment, the same rules, the same laws, the same belief that “suspects” are innocent until Proven guilt, the rights set out in the Constitution — Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness — are for EVERYONE;

    No matter which way it is viewed, the treatment of red people, black people, brown people and yellow people by the white people is, and always has been, WRONG!

    The time for equal protection under the law, equal opportunity for all (regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual preference, etc.) is Long Past Due! Equal pay for equal work and equal job opportunities regardless of those paranthetic categories. When written or said out loud, those things seem so obvious, almost hackneyed, and yet putting such concepts into practice seems so difficult for the white people. What are they afraid of? That they can’teasure up? That they aren’t good enough? That they are the ones who are inferior?

    It’s time. Time to make the American experiment into reality. Immediately.