The Death Of Arthur McDuffie
In 1992 four police officers were acquitted for the beating of Rodney King – triggering riots. In a similar kind of incident Arthur McDuffie was beaten by several police officers repeatedly for 20 minutes, in December 17, 1979, in Miami. He was pulled over, handcuffed, and then beaten. The policemen then drove over his motorcycle — to make it look like his injuries were the result of an accident. The ensuing rioting lasted 9 days and a curfew was imposed.
Clement Lloyd & Arthur Blanchard
An incident mimicking McDuffie riot occurred nine years later when two black residents were killed in a controversial police shooting in Miami’s Overtown section. Clement Lloyd jumped a stop sign, and was chased by a police cruiser. Arthur Blanchard was sitting alongside as passenger. Watching the chase patrol officer William Lozano, reacted by drawing out his gun to shoot Llyod through the head, killing him on the spot. The shooting triggered three days of race riots in the predominantly black Overtown area.
The Death Of Cameron Doomadgee
On the morning of November 19, 2004, 36-year-old Indigenous Australian Cameron “Mulrunji” Doomadgee was picked up by white police officer Chris Hurley. He was singing loudly, as he strolled across the Aboriginal community of Palm Island and then started swearing. An hour later Doomadgee was found dead in his holding cell at the Palm Island police station. An autopsy report confirmed that Doomadgee sustained four broken ribs. The bones ripped his liver in half and ruptured his spleen, killing him via internal bleeding. In retaliation around 400 Aboriginal residents stormed the Palm Island police station and burned it down. The local courthouse, police barracks, and even Chris Hurley’s home also met with the same fate.
The Shooting Of Robert Bandy
New York City’s Harlem neighborhood was mostly dominated by African-American communities in the country. It was also the place where countless race riots were enacted — brought on by incidents of police brutality. On August 1, 1943, black resident Marjorie Polite got into a fight with white police officer James Collins at the Braddock Hotel. A black uniformed soldier named Robert Bandy intervened, and per chance Collins’s nightstick ended up in Bandy’s hands — to instigate Collins further, who pulled out his gun and shot Bandy in the back. Bandy was taken to Sydenham Hospital for treatment. Around 3,000 Harlem residents collected around the hotel, the hospital, and the 28th Precinct. In the ensuing riots six people were killed, around 200 people were injured, near about 500 arrests were made, and $5 million in damage was done
The Shooting Of James Powell
15-year-old James Powell got into a confrontation with Patrick Lynch, a building superintendent on July 16, 1964, who along with some black boys was hanging out on the steps of Patrick’s Harlem apartment block. The incident was witnessed by off-duty police lieutenant Thomas Gilligan – who responded by firing two shots into Powell, killing him instantly. A day after, Congress of Racial Equality turned up in Harlem, and organized a peaceful rally, that turned violent. In the riots one person was killed, 118 people were injured, and 465 arrests were made.
The Shooting Of TyRon Lewis
On the evening of October 24, 1996, two white police officers, Jim Knight and Sandra Minor, chased a speeding sports car through St. Petersburg, Florida. TyRon Lewis, a man with a history of criminal behavior, was at the wheel — he pulled the car over, and tried to bump Knight with the car. In retaliation the police officer fired three fatal shots into Lewis through the windshield. Rioting started almost immediately and the National Guard had to be called in. In the riots nearly $1 million worth property was damaged, 11 people were injured, and 20 arrests were made.
The Shooting Of Dorothy Groce
On September 28, 1985, in the Brixton district of South London, Dorothy “Cherry” Groce, mother of a black gang member named Michael Groce was shot through the lung and spine at her house, while she was getting out of her bed. The police burst inside the house and started shooting indiscriminately. The incident outraged the community and arson followed — gasoline bombs were thrown at the station – and property worth millions was destroyed.
The Death Of Cynthia Jarrett
On the heels of Brixton riot on October 5, 1985, a young black man named Floyd Jarrett was pulled over by the police. Floyd tried to run away but was arrested, for theft and assault. A police party led by Deputy Constable Michael Randall, then burst inside Floyd’s home and confronted Floyd’s 49-year-old mother, Cynthia Jarrett, who suddenly collapsed and died of a heart attack. As per Cynthia’s daughter, the attack occurred after Randall pushed her down. A day after demonstrators collected outside the Tottenham police station, and a violent riot broke out. Police constable Keith Blakelock was stabbed 43 times and he succumbed to injuries. In the riots around 250 police officers were injured. There was enough evidence that Tottenham police caused Cynthia Jarrett’s heart attack, still no one was ever held liable for her death.
The Shooting Of Timothy Thomas
In 2001, tension was building-up amongst the Cincinnati Police Department and Over-The-Rhine, a predominantly black neighborhood of the city. The reason was several black residents had died under suspicious circumstances after altercations with the officers. The breaking-point was reached when on April 7 an arrest warrant was issued for Timothy Thomas, a 19-year-old black man with a number of misdemeanors and traffic offenses on his record. Thomas was chased by a police patrol, and as he was rounding a corner into an alley, patrolman Stephen Roach took out his gun and fatally shot Thomas through the chest. The shooting was unjustified, and two days after a group of protesters gathered outside city hall, demanding answers for Thomas’s death. Seeing a blank response from city officials , a riot ensued, which continued for the next five days, causing approximately $14 million in damage. Roach indicted for negligent homicide, was later on acquitted.
The Murder Of Santos Rodriguez
Dallas residents, brothers Santos and David Rodriguez both had a criminal history of burglary offenses. On July 24, patrolmen Darrell Cain and Roy Arnold pursued three boys who had tried to burgle a soda machine at a gas station, but failed to catch them. Annoyed, the policemen decided to visit the home of Rodriguez brothers, to make them the suspected culprits. They handcuffed, and drove the brothers to the gas station to interrogate them. Santos and David denied the charge – and then Cain decided to a play a game of Russian roulette to extract a confession. He took out his .357 Magnum, and aiming at the head of Santos fired twice. The first shot generated a clicking sound – while the second bullet pierced Santos’s head and killed him on the spot. The killing triggered outrage across the black community, and a march was held for him outside of city hall in downtown Dallas. It soon escalated into a riot – four policemen were injured and 36 arrests were made during the course of riots. Finally Cain got away with a lenient five-year sentence for Santos’s murder.