[Ppnews] Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 110 Black People

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Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 110 Black People

on Jul 9, 2012

Report on Black People Executed without Trial by 
Police, Security Guards and Self-Appointed Law 
Enforcers January 1 – June 30, 2012.

This report was produced for the “No More Trayvon 
Martins Campaign”, demanding a National Plan of 
Action for Racial Justice. This is the 2nd Major report of the Campaign.

this report as a PDF using this 

A human rights crisis confronts Black people in 
the United States. Since January 1, 2012, police 
and a much smaller number of security guards and 
self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at least 
110 Black women and men. These killings are 
definitely not accidental or random acts of 
violence or the work of rogue cops. As we noted 
in our April 6th, 2012 “Trayvon Martin is All of 
US!” Report (see 
the use of deadly force against Black people is 
standard practice in the United States, and woven 
into to the very fabric of the society.

The corporate media have given very little 
attention to these extrajudicial killings. We 
call them “extrajudicial” because they happen 
without trial or any due process, against all 
international law and human rights conventions. 
Those few mainstream media outlets that mention 
the epidemic of killings have been are unwilling 
to acknowledge that the killings are systemic – 
meaning they are embedded in institutional racism 
and national oppression. On the contrary, nearly 
all of the mainstream media join in a chorus that 
sings the praises of the police and read from the 
same script that denounces the alleged “thuggery” 
of the deceased. Sadly, too many people believe 
the police version of events and the media’s 
“blame-the-victim” narratives that justify and 
support these extrajudicial killings.

However, we have studied each of the reports of 
these deaths ­ including false, implausible and 
inconsistent claims by police and witness reports 
that contradict police reports. From this study 
and many peoples’ experience, we must reject the 
corporate media’s rationalization for the 
horrible fact that in the first six months of 
this year, one Black person every 40 hours was 
executed. This wanton disregard for Black life 
resulted in the killing of 13 year-old children, 
fathers taking care of their kids, women driving 
the wrong cars, as well as people with mental health and drug problems.

This report documents how people of African 
descent remain “without sanctuary” throughout the 
United States. Nowhere is a Black woman or man 
safe from racial profiling, invasive policing, 
constant surveillance, and overriding suspicion. 
All Black people – regardless of education, 
class, occupation, behavior or dress – are 
subject to the whims of the police whose 
institutionalized racist policies and procedures 
require them to arbitrarily stop, frisk, arrest, 
brutalize and even execute Black people.

Invasive policing is only one aspect of the U.S. 
states comprehensive containment strategies to 
exploit Black people and to smother resistance. 
To contain the upsurge of the Black liberation 
movement of the 1960’s and 70’s and protect the 
system of white supremacy the institutional 
forces of racism have worked through governments 
at every level to destabilize the Black community 
via community divestment, massive employment 
discrimination, outsourcing, gentrification and 
other forms of economic dislocation. In addition, 
schools, housing, healthcare, other social 
services and transportation in Black communities 
have been denied equitable provision and 
distribution of public goods and resources.

The U.S. state maintains and reinforces these 
economic injustices with the militarized 
occupation of Black communities by the police and 
a web of racist legislation like the “war on 
drugs”, discriminatory polices like “three 
strikes” and “mandatory minimum” sentencing. The 
result is a social system that mandates the 
prison warehousing of millions of Black people 
and extrajudicial killings where the killers act 
with impunity and more often than not are 
rewarded and promoted for murder. The oppression 
and police occupation of Black communities 
parallels the brutalization, denial of human 
rights and killings being committed by the 
Israeli occupying forces in Palestine, and the 
persecution of Afrodescendants in Columbia and 
the Indigenous peoples of Brazil over the past 
several years. Nothing short of the structural 
integrity and survival of the Black community is 
at stake when we consider the historic record.

For those who doubted the framing of the “Trayvon 
Martin is All of Us!” Report, this 6th month 
update proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the 
institutionalized violence of white supremacy is 
not only alive and well, but is, in fact, 
intensifying. To complete the picture, we must 
take into account the extrajudicial killings and 
other repressive policies directed at other 
targeted peoples and communities such as 
Indigenous peoples, Latinos, Arabs, Muslims, and 
immigrants. These, in conjunction with the 
oppression of Black people, demonstrate that the 
U.S. government remains committed to maintaining 
the system of white supremacy created by the 
aggressive and illegal European settler-colonies 
that first established the national-state project.

This crisis can only be stopped through decisive 
action. First, the Black community must organize 
its own self-defense. Second, we must build a 
broad, mass movement capable of forcing the 
government to enact transformative legislation 
based on our demands. The fundamental 
transformative demand must be for a National Plan 
of Action for Racial Justice to eliminate 
institutional racism and advance the struggle for 
self-determination. The Black community itself 
will determine the specific contents of The Plan, 
drawing from the foundation of CERD (the 
Convention to Eliminate all forms of Racial 
Discrimination) and the DDPA (Durban Declaration and Programme of Action).

We call on everyone who believes that decisive 
action must be taken by Black and other oppressed 
peoples to confront and defeat national 
oppression and white supremacy to join us in 
developing an independent, mass movement for 
human rights that builds power in our communities 
and will have the capacity to force the Federal 
authorities to implement a comprehensive National 
Plan of Action for Racial Justice.  You can join 
us immediately by helping us secure 1 million 
signatures to our petition (see 
organizing Copwatch and People’s Self-Defense 
campaigns, fighting for elected Police Control 
Boards, the demilitarization of our communities, 
and the reinvestment of the military and security 
budget into community reinvestment and social 
programs amongst other suggestions provided in 
our “Local Struggles” paper (see 
We also encourage communities to organize their 
own grassroots crisis intervention, domestic 
violence prevention/control and mediation teams 
so families in crisis do not become so desperate 
for help that they compound their problems by 
calling 9-1-1 and inviting the police into their homes.

We also call all organizations and individuals 
who agree with the demand and framework for a 
National Plan of Action for Racial Justice to 
help us build the National Alliance for Racial 
Justice and Human Rights (NARJHR) as a structure 
that will help us develop and implement a 
comprehensive national plan that centers 
oppressed peoples’ right to self-determination 
and the full realization of our human rights.

For more information about the Report or any of 
these action proposals, contact Kali Akuno at 
<mailto:kaliakuno at mxgm.org>kaliakuno at mxgm.org.


1 The figures for the number of Palestinians 
killed in 2011 can be found at 
Figures for Afro-Colombians can be found at 
Figures on Indigenous peoples killed in Brazil 
can be found at 

2 To read the Convention on the Elimination of 
all forms of Racial Discrimination see 
To read the Durban Declaration and Programme of 
Action see 

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