On August 9, 2014, protesters filled the streets and the news channels during the “Michael Brown shooting” in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed during an altercation with an officer. The “protesting” turned into looting, burning, and rioting that left people injured, businesses ruined, and a national outcry that still rings across the United States, to include annual marches and demonstrations. People against what was labeled “police brutality” continue to protest.
On August 18, 2015, 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden was stretched across her mother’s bed while doing her homework when five bullets smashed into the Ferguson, Missouri home. It is suspected the shooter fired into the home at close range. Jamyla’s grandmother scooped her up, her little granddaughter’s blood staining her hands and arms. “I kept holding her and holding her,” the woman told the media. Police officers tried their best to save the little girl. Where are the protesters?
On August 19, 2015, officers arrived at a St. Louis, Missouri home to serve a search warrant on a home where violent felons resided with stolen guns. As officers entered the home, suspects ran. One of them, Mansur Ball-Bey, pointed a stolen gun at police, who immediately opened fire, killing the man. A vehicle was set on fire and area businesses had to ward off thieves. Protesters threw bricks and glass at police officers that were forced to dispel tear gas.
In 1999, the body of 84-year-old Helen Klocek (see photo) was found dumped in a Detroit alley. She had been sadistically beaten, suffering a broken nose, right collarbone, sternum, and nine broken ribs with defense wounds on her hands and arms. Mrs. Klocek died of strangulation and blunt force trauma. She was a widow, mother of two, a grandmother and great-grandmother, not a physical threat; she stood less than five feet tall. This summer, a jury convicted Nosakhare Onumonu of murdering Mrs. Klocek. Onumonu has not revealed why Helen was killed, but it is believed he carjacked the frail woman to steal her purse. Onumonu’s history includes robbery, prison escape, possessing a weapon while incarcerated, and parole violation. Where are the protesters?
In March 2012, thousands marched in what was called “Million Hoodie March” in honor of Trayvon Martin, shot and killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watchman. Across the nation, protests were held, riots broke out, and soon many people were declaring, “We are Trayvon Martin!” Leaders and government officials, to include Florida city council members, donned hoodies to publically show their support. Protesting the shooting continues today with vigils and national recognition of Martin’s death.
In July of 2012, Waxahachie, Texas Police Officer Josh Williams responded to a disturbance at a restaurant. Williams was turning his police cruiser into a driveway when 24-year-old Dylyn Richards plowed into the cruiser from the opposite direction, killing Williams. Richards was speeding, his vehicle lights turned off, with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit. It was Richard’s second arrest for driving while intoxicated. Officer Williams left behind a wife and three children. He was a veteran officer who trained new recruits. He was one of two Waxahachie officers killed by drunk drivers within one week. Where are the protesters?
Statistics tell us every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten, up to 10 million children witness domestic violence annually, more than three women are murdered by their partners per day, the costs of intimate partner violence in the U.S. exceeds $5.8 billion per year, and 1 in 5 teen girls have reported abuse by a boyfriend. Where are the protesters?
Why is the nation not outraged, ready to create change on a massive scale, when a little girl, a police officer, a great-grandmother, a woman … anyone … is lost to violence?