Black Lives Matter

By: Alair Lewis

How it Started...

The hash-tag #blacklivesmatter started after Florida teen Trayvon Martin was shot to death by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman after a scuffle based on suspicion.

- Shot February 26, 2012

- Martin was visiting father in Sanford Flordia

- Was coming back from store with candy for brother

- Zimmerman thought Martin looked suspicious and ignored pursuit advice of police

After news of this got out black lives matter was started on Social Media to campaign against racism.

- Started by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi

- helped encourage some to protest in favor of Martin and Family

Case of Michael Brown

On August 9, 2014 another unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot by white police officer Darren Wilson.

- Blew of after this event becoming a rallying cry for many

- Encouraged the violent protests in Missouri

- Demonstrators flooded streets setting buildings and cars alight

- Heavily armed police resorted to throwing smoke and tear gas

- Set off more anger when said officer Wilson will not be indicted

Arrest to Death...Freddie Gray

The morning of April 12, 2015 at about 8:39 a.m. Freddie Gray the most tragic day of his life.

- Was arrest for switchblade he didn't have

- Asked for inhaler but did not get one

Freddie Gray's arrest was illegal and broke many rules of the police department book. According to witnesses the police used a move called the "leg lock", while on the ground said he couldn't breath but officers did not resent using the force they were using. Being arrest and put in a police van, he was not fastened in seat a belt but put in head first laying on his stomach. During the ride, not only did the officers stop give Mr. Gray medical attention, they did not go to the station as directed. They maid numerous stop to help other officers. Witnesses say that Mr. Gray asked at least twice for help with not breathing but was ignored. After finally getting to the police station Mr. Gray was evacuated to a hospital getting there in critical condition tragically died a week later.

- Set off riots and protests in Baltimore

- Set many cars alight

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After Effects

Black Lives Matter encouraged many protests, riots, threats on social media to many, and the growing tension of the police in many places.

Assessment Question

The participants in black lives matter used multiple ways to portray their belief system through their protest, for example riots that set cars on fire, destroyed buildings, and threatening the police. Also, they rein-acted multiple situations trying to prove the police wrong with what they did. The protesters felt strong against the police for their actions and felt they should do the same back. The protesters believed that they should treat the police the way they felt they were being treated, shown in their actions.