On June 3, 2020, Jamel Floyd, a 35-year-old African American man, died after being pepper sprayed by officers at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center. Floyd barricaded himself in his cell and broke a cell window with a metal object prior to being sprayed. In a statement made b y the agency, "He became increasingly disruptive and harmful to himself and others. Pepper spray was deployed and Floyd was removed from his cell." Members of the jail's medical staff checked on Floyd and found him unresponsive. They started life-saving measures and called an ambulance. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Floyd's mother said he suffered from asthma and diabetes which jail officials weer aware of.
Justice for Sandra Bland
On July 13, 2015, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African American
woman was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas three days after being pulled over for not using her turn signal and then arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer.
On February 26,2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, African American boy was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain for the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida. As Martin was back to his father's fiancee's house after leaving a convenience store, Zimmerman made a 911 call claiming Martin was suspicious. Zimmerman was instructed not to get out the car or approach Martin, but he ignored those instructions. Moments later neighbors heard gunshots and Zimmerman acknowledged that he shot Martin, claiming it was in self-defense. Officers arrived at the scene with Trayvon Martin already dead.
On July 5, 2016 , Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old African American, was shot dead at close range by two Baton Rouge Police Department officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police responded to a call that Sterling was selling CDs outside a convenience store and carrying a gun because other CD vendors were getting robbed. The man of the store said Sterling was "not the one causing trouble" during the situation that led to the police being called. Officers had Sterling pinned down to the ground and he was unable to move. One of the officer's yelled, "He's got a gun!" and within seconds the officer shot Sterling , who was still pinned to the ground. He died of multiple gunshot wound