Police are 21 times more likely to shoot black teens than white teens. More than two months after the August 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country are still taking to the streets and social media to remind America that these disparities are far from resolved.
As part of what's being called Ferguson October, activists from October 10 to 13 renewed protests in the St. Louis suburb to highlight "the epidemic of police violence facing Black and Brown communities." At the same time, civil rights organization Color of Change launched a new Twitter account, KilledByCops, to tweet the names of black people killed by police.
"Mike Brown was one of many Black folks killed by police each year," the organization stated. "According to the FBI, local police kill Black people at least two times a week, on average. But other estimates put that number to around once per day. Police departments are not required to report these killings to the FBI or other federal agencies, meaning there could be hundreds that go unreported each year."
The account has already posted dozens of names since its October 10 launch, and it plans to continue to do so for at least one week. Here are a few examples: