History

How Black Lives Matter Is Fighting For Criminal Justice Reform

The recent deaths of black men and women at the hands of police gave rise to Black Lives Matter. So what is the goal of the movement?

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Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequality In The Criminal Justice System (courts.wa.gov)
"'Every time you see me, you want to mess with me,' Eric Garner told the group of approaching New York City police officers. "

From Trayvon Martin to 'black lives matter' (washingtonpost.com)
"If the grand jury decisions to not indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner gave birth to the "black lives matter" movement, then it was conceived in the early evening of Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. "

#BlackLivesMatter: the birth of a new civil rights movement (theguardian.com)
"Alicia Garza was in a bar in Oakland, California, drinking bourbon when the verdict came in."

Contacts between Police and the Public, 2008 (bjs.gov)
"In 2008, an estimated 16.9% of U.S. residents age 16 or older had face-to-face contact with police."