Cases of 24 unarmed black men killed by police this year
Here are summaries of those 24 cases, based on news reports and additional reporting:
8 — Artago Damon Howard, 36, was killed after a Union County, Arkansas, sheriff’s deputy responded to a burglary alarm at a pharmacy. The deputy found the front door broken and Howard inside. Howard was shot as he struggled for control of the deputy’s gun.
Feb. 4 — Jeremy Lett, 28, was killed by a Tallahassee, Florida, officer who was responding to reports of a man banging on doors at an apartment complex. The officer found Lett lying on the ground, awakened him and Lett attacked. After a stun gun failed to subdue Lett, the officer shot him five times. A grand jury cleared the officer on Feb. 26.
Feb. 15 — Lavall Hall, 25, was killed by a Miami Gardens, Florida, officer after Hall’s mother sought help getting her mentally ill son under control. The officer and his partner found Hall outside in his underwear, swinging a broomstick handle. After Hall refused orders to drop it, the officer shot him twice.
Feb. 28 — Thomas Allen, 34, was killed after a Wellston, Missouri, police officer stopped the car in which he was riding for making an illegal turn. While police spoke to the car’s driver on the roadside, Allen climbed behind the wheel and tried to flee with the driver’s 5-year-old daughter. The officer jumped into the front passenger seat and shot Allen three times.
March 1 — Charly Leundeu Keunang, 43, was killed by Los Angeles police after trying to gain control of an officer’s gun during a scuffle on skid row. Keunang, who was homeless and had a history of mental illness, was shot multiple times.
March 6 — Naeschylus Vinzant, 37, was killed by an Aurora, Colorado, police officer who was part of a SWAT team trying to arrest Vinzant on charges of kidnapping, robbery and parole violation. Police have not said what prompted the officer to open fire.
March 6 — Tony Robinson, 19, was killed by a Madison, Wisconsin, police officer who forced his way into Robinson’s apartment after multiple reports of a man behaving erratically. Robinson, who friends said had eaten a large quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms, assaulted the officer, who opened fire. Prosecutors declined to file charges on May 12.
March 9 _Anthony Hill, 27, was killed after a DeKalb County, Georgia, officer responded to reports of a naked man running around an Atlanta apartment complex. Hill, an Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan and struggled with bipolar disorder, charged at the officer, who fired two shots.
March 12 — Bobby Gross, 35, was killed by a Washington, D.C., Metro transit officer responding to reports of a man trespassing in a subway tunnel. Gross, who was wearing no shoes or pants, rushed at the lone, female officer with a large tree branch, and she opened fire.
March 19 — Brandon Jones, 18, was killed after burglarizing a Cleveland grocery store of cigarettes and a sack of Canadian coins. Two Cleveland officers confronted Jones as he exited the store. During a subsequent struggle, one of the officers shot Jones at close range.
April 2 — Eric Harris, 44, was killed after trying to sell a gun to an undercover officer in Tulsa. When uniformed officers arrived, Harris fled on foot but was quickly tackled by police. As he was being subdued, Tulsa County sheriff’s reserve deputy Robert Bates inadvertently fired his gun instead of a stun gun. Bates has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
April 4 — Walter Scott, 50, was shocked with a stun gun and then shot in the back as he ran from North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Thomas Slager. Slager said he had stopped Scott because of a broken taillight and that Scott grabbed his stun gun. A bystander recorded the shooting on a cellphone camera. Slager has been charged with murder.
April 15 — Frank Shephard, 41, was killed after Houston police began to follow his car because of what police called “suspicious activity.” Shephard led officers on a brief chase, striking two vehicles before he stopped. When he climbed out of his car, officers ordered him to raise his hands. Police said they opened fire because he reached back into his car.
April 22 — William Chapman, 18, was suspected by Wal-Mart security of shoplifting. When Chapman exited the store, a Portsmouth, Virginia, police officer stopped him in the parking lot, and a struggle ensued. A witness said that Chapman knocked a stun gun out of the officer’s hand and then appeared to charge the officer, who then shot him.
April 25 — David Felix, 24, fled New York City detectives who had gone to his apartment to interview him about the robbery of a woman’s purse. When officers caught up with Felix, he struggled with them, grabbed a police radio from one and struck a detective in the head. One opened fire, killing him. Felix suffered from schizophrenia.
May 5 — Brandon Glenn, 29, scuffled with a bouncer outside of a bar in Venice, California, where he was homeless. When two Los Angeles police officers attempted to detain Glenn, a physical confrontation ensued. A nearby security camera recorded the shooting and showed one of the officers stepping back and firing two shots.
June 15 — Kris Jackson, 22, was climbing out a motel room window in the resort town of South Lake Tahoe, California, when he was fatally shot by police. South Lake Tahoe police said they were called to investigate the report of a woman screaming and crying. An officer standing outside the motel shot Jackson because he “perceived a deadly threat,” police said.
June 25 — Spencer McCain, 41, was shot after Baltimore County deputies were called to an apartment in Owings Mills, Maryland. to investigate a report of domestic violence. As officers were en route, McCain threatened suicide. Police forced their way into the apartment and said they shot McCain because he acted in a manner that led them to believe he had a gun.
July 12 — Salvado Ellswood, 36, was killed by a Plantation, Florida, police officer who encountered him behind an office building while on foot patrol. Police said that the officer told Ellswood, who was homeless, to leave and that he punched the officer in the face. The officer shocked Ellswood with a stun gun and, when Ellswood grew more aggressive, shot him with his handgun.
July 17 — Albert Joseph Davis, 23, was shot in the chest by an Orlando, Florida, officer after police were called to an apartment building where Davis and four others were fighting. Police attempted to arrest Davis, who fled. When the officer caught up with Davis, a struggle ensued. The officer shocked Davis with a stun gun and then fatally shot him.
July 17_ Darrius Stewart, 19, was killed as officers tried to handcuff him during a traffic stop in Memphis. Police said Stewart was the passenger in a car that police stopped because of a broken headlight. As police detained Stewart for arrest based on a warrant, he struck an officer in the face with handcuffs and then ran. The officer caught Stewart, the two struggled, and the officer shot him.
July 19_ Samuel DuBose, 43, was killed by a University of Cincinnati officer who stopped him because his car was missing a license plate. Officer Raymond Tensing said DuBose dragged him with his car after he approached the vehicle. Tensing’s body camera shows the officer thrusting his gun through the window and shooting DuBose once in the head. Prosecutors have charged him with murder.
July 2 — Victor Emanuel Larosa, 23, struck a Jacksonville, Florida, police officer with his vehicle and rammed a police cruiser during an undercover drug sting. Larosa crashed the vehicle into an apartment building, jumped out and started to run. He tripped and as he got up, turned toward a pursuing officer while reaching for his waistband, police said. The officer fired eight times, killing Larosa.
Aug. 7 — Chrisitan Taylor, 19, crashed an SUV through the front window of a car dealership in Arlington, Texas, and a security company alerted police to a burglary in progress. Arlington police confronted Taylor in the dealership showroom and shot him during an altercation.