Black & Blue: Widows of police shootings, violence against police have MLK talk

JAMIE STENGLE | 2/1/2018, 4:07 p.m.
Loved ones of a Black man fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and two law enforcement officers – ...
Course Correction Conversation, presented by the Urban Specialist at Gilley's Southside Music Hall, featured a diverse panel discussion on healing after violence and death, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Urban Specialist

The fatal shooting of Alton Sterling occurred on July 5, 2016, as two White police officers pinned him to the pavement outside a convenience store where he was selling homemade CDs. The killing of the 37-year-old Sterling was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely online, sparking demonstrations across Baton Rouge.

Trenisha Jackson said the protests were “very, very hard” for her husband. “It’s like everybody was putting police officers in the same category instead of pointing out which officers were doing wrong,” she told the AP.

The national debate about race and policing became especially heated that summer. The day after Sterling’s death, Black motorist Philando Castile was shot and killed by a Latino police officer in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.

Then the day after Castile’s death, five law enforcement officers were killed in Dallas when a Black man opened fire at a protest against police brutality. Authorities have said the Black Army veteran was seeking revenge for police shootings that killed or wounded Black men and that he told negotiators he wanted to kill as many White police officers as he could. Police killed him after a standoff.

On July 17, 2016, a Black military veteran killed Montrell Jackson and fellow Baton Rouge officer Matthew Gerald and Deputy Brad Garafola before he was shot dead. The gunman wounded three others who survived.