Beyonce walked down the VMAs red carpet with the mothers of gun violence victims, shocking everyone present there.
Beyonce believes that “actions speak louder than words” as she strutted down the red carpet with four black mothers, all of whom had lost their children to ruthless gun violence in the past. None of them have received the justice that they were seeking from the government.
Beyonce has also featured photos of some of their deceased children in her album “Lemonade”, which also won the Best Album of 2016 at the VMAs, reports Hollywood Reporter.
Find out more about the children of these mothers:
Mike Brown was an Afro-American 14-year old boy who was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, suburb of St. Louis. Mike Brown and one of his friends were making their way back from Ferguson Market and Liquor when they were stopped by Darren Wilson in his police vehicle.
Wilson recognized that Brown fit the description of someone who had been suspected of a convenience store theft. Some witnesses say that while Wilson called back to dispatch, Brown tried to grab his gun. In that altercation, Wilson fired his gun and Brown was killed, reports New York Times.
Protest groups took to the streets after the gruesome incident. Even though Wilson was arrested and tried at the court, the grand jury did not indict him. This led to further outrage among the black community and protests continued in the area.
Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old black kid, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a fair-skinned neighborhood watch crime captain. George Zimmerman had called the cops suspecting that Martin was up to something bad.
Zimmerman further reiterated during police questioning that Martin had beat him black and blue including punching him in the face and repeatedly slamming him on the ground. He was not arrested for the crime.
Trayvon Martin was also said to have been suspended from school because he was found in possession of marijuana, reports ABC News. “All I’ve got to say is they killed my son, and now they’re trying to kill his reputation,” Martin’s mother had later stated.
Martin’s death began the “Black Lives Matter” movement in 2012.
Eric Garner was killed in NYC when a policeman, Daniel Pantaleo, held him in a deadly and prohibited chokehold for 15 to 19 seconds. Garner was accused of selling loose cigarettes, without their pack or carton, something that is illegal in the New York. Pantaleo tried to arrest him when Garner refused to budge.
Pantaleo proceeded to hold him in a chokehold from behind, slamming his body to the ground. Garner’s face was then pushed hard against the pavement as he cried “I can’t breathe” several times. Garner then lost consciousness and was pronounced dead an hour later, reports Hufflington Post.
Daniel Pantaleo did not face any charges for the crime and instead awarded the Garner family $5.9 million for their loss.
On New Year’s Day 2009, a fight had broken out on an Oakland subway car and the officers at BART were alerted. They had arrested 20 individuals on the scene including a 22-year old Oscar Grant, who was involved in the fight, reports Civil Liberty.
Oscar Grant, a butcher and a father of a four-year-old daughter, pleaded to the police to let him go when he was backed against the wall by two policemen, while the third one shot him, in the back.
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