Activists gathered alongside the families of victims of state violence (including but not exclusively by police) Saturday afternoon to speak and grieve outside the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion.
The families emphasized that while they celebrate the conviction of Derek Chauvin and attention to cases like George Floyd’s, their stories also matter, and they condemned politicians like Governor Tim Walz (D) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) for speaking at the funeral of Daunte Wright while generally opposing their pleas.
The speakers included:
03:15: Amity Dimock, Mother of Kobe Heisler, autistic man shot dead by Brooklyn Center Police in 2019
08:50: Del Shea Perry, Mother of Hardel Sherrell, man who died in 2018 in Beltrami County Jail after officers accused him of “faking” medical condition
14:58: Kimberly Handy-Jones, Mother of Cordale Handy, shot dead by police in St. Paul in 2017
41:52: Gabriel Black Elk, Brother of Paul Castaway, suicidal man shot dead by Denver police in 2015 while holding knife to his own throat
51:36: Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, Uncle of Oscar Grant, shot in the back by BART Police Officer at Fruitville Station in Oakland, CA
59:02: Marilyn Hill, Mother of Demetrius Hill, shot by Saint Paul police during a raid on the wrong address in 1997
01:02:54: Tybetha Prosper, Mother of Naajikhan Powell, man who died by suicide in Hennepin County Jail after being transfered from psych unit at hospital and placed alone in a cell without suicide safeguards
01:11:56: Taren Vang, Girlfriend of Travis Jordan, shot dead by Minneapolis Police while suicidal
01:15:58: Bayle Gelle, Father of Dolal Idd, shot by Minneapolis Police in 2020.
01:26:17: Deborah Watts, Cousin of Emmett Till, boy lynched in Mississippi in 1955