All Lives Matter

Addisyn Carruthers, Reporter

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Did you guys know that several people were brutally shot for no reason? After these events people made movements called “Black Lives Matter”, “All Lives Matter”, and “Blue Lives Matter”. Here are some examples of cases that caused these movements to happen.

Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African American male. He was brutally shot 70 yards from his destination. This murder happened on February 26, 2012. A neighborhood watch coordinator though Trayvon was suspicious, and was the one breaking into houses in the neighborhood. He was actually just visiting relatives. The neighborhood watch coordinator, George Zimmerman, and Trayvon ended up wrestling, but it sadly ended with Trayvon getting shot and killed.

Next is a 22-year-old African American female named Rekia Boyd. Rekia and a group of friends were hanging out in a park one day. The police were then called for a noise complaint. When police officer Dante Servin arrived, he was actually off-duty. The group and Dante had some altercations, which ended up with Servin firing his gun. The bullet striked Rekia in the head, killing her immediately. Apparently Servin said he saw someone holding a gun, but really it was a cellphone. Witnesses say Servin appeared drunk at this incident.

Another case was about a 12-year-old African American male named Tamir Rice. Officers were called one day because of a suspicious male at the park. He appeared to be pulling out a gun and repeatedly pointed it at people. This male was Tamir. Officers arrived on scene and almost immediately shot Tamir. They say he appeared to be trying to draw a weapon. Tamir was shot twice, and no one even tried saving him. Eventually, police found out he only had an airsoft gun with no safety tip on him.

Lastly, this case is about two police officers by the name of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. A man named Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley had shot and killed his ex-girlfriend before fleeing to Brooklyn. While he was there, he approached a cop car that was occupied by the two officers, and shot them both, killing them instantly. These cases are extremely terrible and the people were treated like they were nothing. This should never happen to anyone, or anything in fact. Not an animal or human. Nothing deserves to be treated this way.