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1. Amadou Diallo, 22

Diallo, an immigrant from New Guinea, died on February 4, 1999, when four NYPD officers fired a barrage of 41 bullets outside his Bronx, New York apartment building. Officers mistakenly alleged Diallo was armed with a weapon. All four officers were acquitted during a state trial in February 2000.

2. Sean Bell, 23

Sean Bell, 23

NYPD officers fired 50 bullets at Bell’s vehicle, fatally wounding Bell and injuring two friends hours before his wedding on November 25, 2006. Bell and his friends were unarmed.

3. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., 68

Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., 68

Chamberlain, a former Marine, was shot and killed after police were called to his home triggered by a heart monitor on November 19, 2011.

4. Ramarley Graham, 18

Ramarley Graham, 18

Ramarley Graham died on February 2, 2012 when NYPD officers chased Graham from the street into his Bronx, New York home without a warrant, fatally shooting him. Graham’s family received $3.9 million in a civil suit, filed against the NYPD.

5. Trayvon Martin, 17

Trayvon Martin, 17

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, sparking a movement against excessive force and police violence.

6. Kimani Gray, 16

Gray was shot and killed by two plainclothes officers in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 2013. Police officers allege Gray aimed a gun at officers, while witnesses allege he was unarmed.

7. Jonathan Ferrell, 24

Jonathan Ferrell, 24

Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick on September 14, 2013.

8. John Crawford, 22

John Crawford, 22

Crawford was shot and killed by police on August 5, 2014 in a Beavercreek, Ohio Wal-Mart after a caller phoned police accusing Crawford of aiming a weapon at customers. Crawford was holding an unloaded BB gun when he was killed.

9. Omar Abrego, 37

Omar Abrego died on August 3, 2014 after a struggle with two LAPD sergeants during an arrest in South L.A. He died from the effects of cocaine, but also suffered “physical and emotional duress while taken under custody,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

10. Ezell Ford, 25

Ezell Ford, 25

Ezell Ford, whose family described him as mentally ill, died after he was shot multiple times by Los Angeles Police Department officers in Florence, California, on August 11, 2014.

11. Dante Parker, 36

Dante Parker, 36

Dante Parker, a father of five, died on August 12, 2014 after he was Tasered by a San Bernardino County, California, Sheriff’s Deputy, who tried to restrain him on a suspicion of trying to break into a home.

12. Jack Jacquez, 27

Former Rocky Ford, Colorado, police officer James Ashby was convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2014 death of Jack Jacquez, who was in his mother’s kitchen. His sister-in-law said the officer “shot him twice in the back and after he fell he pepper-sprayed him.”

13. Akai Gurley, 28

Akai Gurley, 28

Akai Gurley was fatally shot on November 20, 2014 in New York City by NYPD officer Peter Liang in a dark public housing stairwell.

14. Tony Robinson, 19

Tony Robinson, 19

Robinson was shot and killed on March 6, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin after Robinson’s friends called police to calm his erratic behavior.

15. Walter Scott, 50

Scott was shot and killed while running away from Officer Michael Slager on April 7, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Scott was pulled over during daytime traffic stop.

16. Freddie Gray, 25

Freddie Gray, 25

Gray died on April 19, 2015, after falling into a week long coma. Gray suffered a severed spine when police apprehended him in Baltimore, Maryland on April 12. Several weeks of unrest ensued–resulting in riots. Charges were brought forth against all six officers involved, but after three of the officers were acquitted, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the remaining charges.

17. Michael Sabbie, 35

Michael Sabbie, 35

Medical records show Sabbie died of heart muscle damage in a Texarkana, Arkansas jail in July 2015. But, a video released one year later shows several officers piling on top of him while he continuously yells, “I can’t breathe!” Moments later an officer sprays him in the face with pepper spray. After medical staff examined him, he collapsed and died overnight.

18. Delrawn Small, 37

Smalls was shot and killed by an off-duty officer on July 4, 2016 during a road-rage incident in Brooklyn, New York.

19. Alton Sterling, 37

Alton Sterling, 37

Alton Sterling was shot several times and killed by two White Baton Rouge police officers on July 5, 2016, after a homeless man called 911 and accused him of brandishing a gun outside a convenience store.

20. Philando Castile, 32

Philando Castile, 32

Philando Castile was fatally shot by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer, on July 6, 2016, when he was pulled over in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the aftermath of the shooting in a Facebook live stream, generating outrage around the globe.

21. Gregory Frazier, 56

Gregory Frazier was shot and killed on September 9, 2016 in Pompano Beach, Florida in his backyard. Police arrived after his sister called authorities to report a domestic dispute between her daughter and Frazier.

22. Tyre King, 13

Tyre King, 13

Tyre King was shot and killed in Columbus, Ohio on September 14, 2016 after investigators said King pulled a weapon from his waistband when officers approached him. Later they later discovered it was a BB gun.

23. Terence Crutcher, 40

Terence Crutcher, 40

Terence Crutcher, a Tulsa, Oklahoma man, was tasered then fatally shot on September 16, 2016 after police responded to reports of stalled vehicle blocking the road. Crutcher had his hands up and was unarmed during the encounter.

24. Keith Lamont Scott, 43

Keith Lamont Scott, 43

Scott was shot and killed by a Black officer in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 20, 2016. Police were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they say they saw Scott wielding a gun. His family claims he was disabled and was sitting in his car, reading a book while he waited for his son after school.

25. Alfred Olango, 38

Alfred Olango, 38

Alfred Olango was shot and killed by El Cajon, California police on September 27, 2016. Police were allegedly called to subdue Olango who was obstructing traffic, pacing back and forth. Officers said Olango brandished an object, taking a “shooting stance.” The object was later identified as a smoking vape. Olango’s family says he suffered from a mental breakdown after the death of a close friend.

26. Reginald Thomas, 36

Reginald Thomas, 36

On September 30, 2016 Thomas’ family called the Pasadena, California police stating he was in mental distress and under the influence. Thomas allegedely wielded a knife and a fire extinguisher towards police. Officers used a taser after he ignored commands to drop the item, police allege. He stopped breathing and was unable to be resuscitated.

27. Carnell Snell Jr., 18

Carnell Snell Jr., 18

LAPD police say Snell was a passenger in a car they pulled over with paper plates, suspicious the car was stolen. After pursuing Snell on foot, witnesses allege officers shot Snell 5 times while he ran away with his arms raised. Snell died on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

28. Joshua Beal, 25

Beal, a 25-year-old father of was fatally shot by Chicago police on November 5. Beal’s death is a story of conflicting accounts. The CPD maintains Beal fired at an off-duty CPD officer in a road rage incident moments after a family member’s funeral. Beal’s family says he informed the officer about his concealed weapon before he was killed.

29. Kajuan Raye, 19

Kajuan Raye, was killed on November 23 by a Chicago Police officer who maintains the 19-year-old brandished a weapon while in pursuit. Investigators have not recovered a firearm at the scene of the crime.