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1. Amadou Diallo, 22

Diallo, an immigrant from New Guinea, died on February 4, 1999, when four NYPD officers fired a barrage of 41 bullets outside his Bronx, New York apartment building. Officers mistakenly alleged Diallo was armed with a weapon. All four officers were acquitted during a state trial in February 2000.

2. Sean Bell, 23

Sean Bell, 23

NYPD officers fired 50 bullets at Bell’s vehicle, fatally wounding Bell and injuring two friends hours before his wedding on November 25, 2006. Bell and his friends were unarmed.

3. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., 68

Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., 68

Chamberlain, a former Marine, was shot and killed after police were called to his home triggered by a heart monitor on November 19, 2011.

4. Ramarley Graham, 18

Ramarley Graham, 18

Ramarley Graham died on February 2, 2012 when NYPD officers chased Graham from the street into his Bronx, New York home without a warrant, fatally shooting him. Graham’s family received $3.9 million in a civil suit, filed against the NYPD.

5. Trayvon Martin, 17

Trayvon Martin, 17

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, sparking a movement against excessive force and police violence.

6. Mohamed Bah, 27

Mohamed Bah, 27

Bah was shot several times by NYPD officers on September 25, 2012. His mother, Hawa Bah, summoned police and an ambulance because Mohamed was in emotional distress. The Bah family urges a DOJ probe into Mohamed’s death.

7. Kimani Gray, 16

Gray was shot and killed by two plainclothes officers in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 2013. Police officers allege Gray aimed a gun at officers, while witnesses allege he was unarmed.

8. Jonathan Ferrell, 24

Jonathan Ferrell, 24

Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick on September 14, 2013.

9. Jason Harrison, 39

Jason Harrison, 39

Jason Harris, a mentally ill man who was holding only a screwdriver, was shot and killed on June 14, 2014 by Dallas, Texas, police officers.

10. John Crawford, 22

John Crawford, 22

Crawford was shot and killed by police on August 5, 2014 in a Beavercreek, Ohio Wal-Mart after a caller phoned police accusing Crawford of aiming a weapon at customers. Crawford was holding an unloaded BB gun when he was killed.

11. Omar Abrego, 37

Omar Abrego died on August 3, 2014 after a struggle with two LAPD sergeants during an arrest in South L.A. He died from the effects of cocaine, but also suffered “physical and emotional duress while taken under custody,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

12. Ezell Ford, 25

Ezell Ford, 25

Ezell Ford, whose family described him as mentally ill, died after he was shot multiple times by Los Angeles Police Department officers in Florence, California, on August 11, 2014.

13. Dante Parker, 36

Dante Parker, 36

Dante Parker, a father of five, died on August 12, 2014 after he was Tasered by a San Bernardino County, California, Sheriff’s Deputy, who tried to restrain him on a suspicion of trying to break into a home.

14. Laquan McDonald, 17

Laquan McDonald, 17

Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the city’s South Side area on October 20, 2014, with police dashboard camera video of the shooting death having amplified outrage toward a beleaguered police department grappling with a reported record of collusion, cover-ups and excessive force against Blacks.

15. Jack Jacquez, 27

Former Rocky Ford, Colorado, police officer James Ashby was convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2014 death of Jack Jacquez, who was in his mother’s kitchen. His sister-in-law said the officer “shot him twice in the back and after he fell he pepper-sprayed him.”

16. Tamir Rice, 12

Tamir Rice, 12

On Nov. 22, 2014, Tamir E. Rice was fatally shot by Cleveland police at a park outside of a recreation center after he reportedly reached for a fake pistol — an airsoft-type gun replica of a semi-automatic handgun that shot pellets — which cops mistook for a weapon.

17. Rumain Brisbon, 34

Rumain Brisbon, 34

Police officer Mark Rine opened fire and killed Rumain Brisbon when he found Brisbon with what he claimed looked like a gun in his pocket — though the item turned out to be a bottle of painkillers according to reports — after he responded to a tip about a suspected drug deal at a north Phoenix, Arizona apartment complex on Dec. 2, 2014.

18. Akai Gurley, 28

Akai Gurley, 28

Akai Gurley was fatally shot on November 20, 2014 in New York City by NYPD officer Peter Liang in a dark public housing stairwell.

19. Jerame Reid, 36

Jerame Reid, 36

Two Bridgeton, New Jersey police officers fired fatal shots at Jerame Reid, who they alleged defied orders to remain in a vehicle and stepped out of the passenger’s side, with his hands raised, during a traffic stop on Dec. 30, 2014 in a shooting death that prompted protests in the predominantly Black city.

20. Rumain Brisbon, 34

Rumain Brisbon, 34

Rumain Brisbon was shot and killed in December 2014 by a Phoenix, Arizona, police officer who claims he thought Brisbon’s pill bottle was a pistol.

21. Charly Keunang, 43

Charly Keunang, 43

Charly Leundeu Keunang, a homeless Cameroonian national, was shot and killed by three Los Angeles police officers after supposedly reaching for a cop’s holstered gun during a struggle in the city’s skid row area on March 1, 2015 in a shooting death that garnered international attention when a Facebook video was posted.

22. Tony Robinson, 19

Tony Robinson, 19

A Madison, Wisconsin cop fatally shot unarmed teen Tony Robinson seven times after the officer responded to reports of a battery at a residence and a struggle ensued between the two on March 6, 2015 — a shooting that led to protests and a sit-in at Madison City Hall.

23. Tony Robinson, 19

Tony Robinson, 19

Robinson was shot and killed on March 6, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin after Robinson’s friends called police to calm his erratic behavior.

24. Walter Scott, 50

Walter Scott, 50

Walter Scott was killed by North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, who fired eight shots at the father of four after having chased him on foot following a traffic stop on April 4, 2015.

25. Walter Scott, 50

Scott was shot and killed while running away from Officer Michael Slager on April 7, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Scott was pulled over during daytime traffic stop.

26. Freddie Gray, 25

Freddie Gray, 25

Freddie Gray died in Baltimore on April 19, 2015 — a week after he was arrested, dragged into a police van, restrained and suffered a spine injury during a brutal incident involving six officers that amplified police and community tensions.

27. Freddie Gray, 25

Freddie Gray, 25

Gray died on April 19, 2015, after falling into a week long coma. Gray suffered a severed spine when police apprehended him in Baltimore, Maryland on April 12. Several weeks of unrest ensued–resulting in riots. Charges were brought forth against all six officers involved, but after three of the officers were acquitted, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the remaining charges.

28. Brendon Glenn, 29

Brendon Glenn, 29

Video footage captured the fatal shooting of Brendon Glenn, an unarmed homeless man, by Los Angeles police officer Clifford Proctor, a black cop who claimed Glenn attempted grabbing his gun during a struggle along the Venice beach boardwalk, on May 5, 2015 in a tragedy that fueled criticisms of police’s treatment of African-Americans.

29. Ronald “RJ” Williams, 23

Ronald “RJ” Williams, 23

Ronald Williams was shot and killed by officers responding to a domestic dispute between Williams and his girlfriend in Wierton, West Virginia on May 6, 2015. According to reports, Williams held was in possession of an unloaded gun. His case sparked national headlines after the first responding officer initially tried to use deescalation methods, refusing to shoot because he believed Williams was suicidal.

30. Samuel DuBose, 43

Samuel DuBose, 43

On July 19, 2015, University of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing fired a fatal shot through a car window that struck Samuel DuBose in the head during a traffic stop near the university’s campus in Ohio.

31. Michael Sabbie, 35

Michael Sabbie, 35

Medical records show Sabbie died of heart muscle damage in a Texarkana, Arkansas jail in July 2015. But, a video released one year later shows several officers piling on top of him while he continuously yells, “I can’t breathe!” Moments later an officer sprays him in the face with pepper spray. After medical staff examined him, he collapsed and died overnight.

32. Christian Taylor, 19

Christian Taylor, 19

Texas teenager and star football player Christian Taylor, who allegedly had marijuana and synthetic drugs in his system and acted erratically, was killed by an Arlington police officer during a suspected burglary at a car dealership on Aug. 7, 2015.

33. Delrawn Small, 37

Smalls was shot and killed by an off-duty officer on July 4, 2016 during a road-rage incident in Brooklyn, New York.

34. Jamar Clark, 24

Jamar Clark, 24

After responding to a domestic dispute, Minneapolis, Minnesota police fatally shot an unarmed Jamar Clark during an altercation on Nov. 15, 2015 that spurred Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and other activists to fight using #Justice4Jamar.

35. Alton Sterling, 37

Alton Sterling, 37

Alton Sterling was shot several times and killed by two White Baton Rouge police officers on July 5, 2016, after a homeless man called 911 and accused him of brandishing a gun outside a convenience store.

36. Mario Woods, 26

Mario Woods, 26

San Francisco police reportedly fired more than 20 gunshots at Mario Woods, who cops suspected of a stabbing, during a stand-off on Dec. 2, 2015 that underscored the SFPD’s documented history of systematic racism.

37. Philando Castile, 32

Philando Castile, 32

Philando Castile was fatally shot by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer, on July 6, 2016, when he was pulled over in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the aftermath of the shooting in a Facebook live stream, generating outrage around the globe.

38. Gregory Frazier, 56

Gregory Frazier was shot and killed on September 9, 2016 in Pompano Beach, Florida in his backyard. Police arrived after his sister called authorities to report a domestic dispute between her daughter and Frazier.

39. Quintonio LeGrier, 19

Quintonio LeGrier, 19

Quintonio LeGrier, who called 911 a reported three times for help in a domestic disturbance with his father, was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer, who claimed LeGrier came out him with a baseball bat, on Dec. 26, 2015 in an alleged racially motivated shooting that also left LeGrier’s 55-year-old neighbor Bettie Jones fatally wounded.

40. Tyre King, 13

Tyre King, 13

Tyre King was shot and killed in Columbus, Ohio on September 14, 2016 after investigators said King pulled a weapon from his waistband when officers approached him. Later they later discovered it was a BB gun.

41. Gregory Gunn, 58

Gregory Gunn, 58

Gregory Gunn was fatally struck by five shots fired by a white Montgomery, Alabama police officer, who claimed he looked “suspicious” while walking home from a friend’s home in the early hours of Feb. 5, 2016 — the incident shed light on several past episodes of police violence dating back decades in Montgomery.

42. Terence Crutcher, 40

Terence Crutcher, 40

Terence Crutcher, a Tulsa, Oklahoma man, was tasered then fatally shot on September 16, 2016 after police responded to reports of stalled vehicle blocking the road. Crutcher had his hands up and was unarmed during the encounter.

43. Akiel Denkins, 24

Akiel Denkins, 24

Akiel Denkins was gunned down by a white Raleigh, North Carolina police officer during a foot chase when he attempted fleeing a drug-related arrest and allegedly pulled a handgun out on Feb. 29, 2016.

44. Alton Sterling, 37

Alton Sterling, 37

Alton Sterling was shot to death on July 5, 2016 when two white officers pinned him to the pavement during an arrest outside a convenience store where he had sold CDs in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

45. Keith Lamont Scott, 43

Keith Lamont Scott, 43

Scott was shot and killed by a Black officer in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 20, 2016. Police were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they say they saw Scott wielding a gun. His family claims he was disabled and was sitting in his car, reading a book while he waited for his son after school.

46. Philando Castile, 32

Philando Castile, 32

Philando Castile, a cafeteria supervisor in St. Paul, Minnesota, was shot and killed by police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop for a “busted tail light” in Falcon Heights on July 6, 2016, with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds having livestreamed the horrific moments after his shooting on Facebook Live.

47. Alfred Olango, 38

Alfred Olango, 38

Alfred Olango was shot and killed by El Cajon, California police on September 27, 2016. Police were allegedly called to subdue Olango who was obstructing traffic, pacing back and forth. Officers said Olango brandished an object, taking a “shooting stance.” The object was later identified as a smoking vape. Olango’s family says he suffered from a mental breakdown after the death of a close friend.

48. Terrence Sterling, 31

Terrence Sterling, 31

Terrence Sterling, a motorcyclist from Fort Washington, Maryland, was fatally shot twice in his neck and back by a Washington, D.C. police officer during the early morning on Sept. 11, 2016 after cops received a call about a motorcyclist driving recklessly in the area.

49. Reginald Thomas, 36

Reginald Thomas, 36

On September 30, 2016 Thomas’ family called the Pasadena, California police stating he was in mental distress and under the influence. Thomas allegedely wielded a knife and a fire extinguisher towards police. Officers used a taser after he ignored commands to drop the item, police allege. He stopped breathing and was unable to be resuscitated.

50. Terence Crutcher, 40

Terence Crutcher, 40

Footage from a police dashboard camera captured the moment when an unarmed Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sept. 16, 2016 after police reportedly received 911 calls about his stalled SUV blocking a road.

51. Carnell Snell Jr., 18

Carnell Snell Jr., 18

LAPD police say Snell was a passenger in a car they pulled over with paper plates, suspicious the car was stolen. After pursuing Snell on foot, witnesses allege officers shot Snell 5 times while he ran away with his arms raised. Snell died on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

52. Joshua Beal, 25

Beal, a 25-year-old father of was fatally shot by Chicago police on November 5. Beal’s death is a story of conflicting accounts. The CPD maintains Beal fired at an off-duty CPD officer in a road rage incident moments after a family member’s funeral. Beal’s family says he informed the officer about his concealed weapon before he was killed.

53. Keith Lamont Scott, 43

Keith Lamont Scott, 43

Keith Lamont Scott was killed by a black officer Brentley Vinson, who believed he had a gun, after exiting his SUV during a confrontation at his apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 20, 2016 in an incident that led to a governor-declared state of emergency after violent protests.

54. Alfred Olango, 38

Alfred Olango, 38

Alfred Olango, an Ugandan refugee, was fatally shot during a reported “mental breakdown” by El Cajon, California police on Sept. 27, 2016 after he pulled out a vaping device in front of cops in a shopping center.

55. Kajuan Raye, 19

Kajuan Raye, was killed on November 23 by a Chicago Police officer who maintains the 19-year-old brandished a weapon while in pursuit. Investigators have not recovered a firearm at the scene of the crime.

56. Jordan Edwards, 15

Jordan Edwards, 15

Jordan Edwards was shot in the head and killed by Balch Springs, Texas cop Roy Oliver, who fired rounds into a vehicle hitting the teen sitting in the front passenger seat after leaving a party, on April 29, 2017.