The president should use the political theatre of this address to focus American’s attention squarely on the loss of human life when police kill black civilians
Tuesday at President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address, when Obama points for effect at someone sitting with the First Lady as her guest, every single guest around her should be a family member of someone killed by a police officer.
I want to see Michelle Obama sandwiched between Erica Garner – whose father, Eric Garner, was killed by an NYPD officer using an illegal chokehold – and Tamir Rice’s 14-year-old sister, who was tackled and shackled by police when trying to help her dying 12-year-old brother. I want to see Leslie McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother there tonight, and a relative of Tasha Thomas, John Crawford’s now-deceased girlfriend, who was interrogated by the same police department who’d just killed the father of her children for shopping at Wal Mart. Let America look upon the elder Michael Brown, Kadiatou Diallo (Amadou Diallo’s mother), Constance Malcolm (Ramarley Graham’s mother), Sylvia Palmer (Akai Gurley’s mother) or any of the thousands of relatives of the 1,100 or so Americans killed by police in 2014.
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