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At least 64 people, more than half of which are people of color, have died at the hands of police since the start of Derek Chauvin’s trial, The New York Times reported.
In May 2020, the former Minneapolis police officer was charged with the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.
Chauvin’s trial started on March 29, and the number of deaths at the hands of police in the 21 days since then average to more than 3 people a day.
On March 29, police in Chicago fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo after chasing him down an alley.
The next day, Michael Hughes, 32, was fatally shot by police at a Quality Inn in Jacksonville, Florida, after police said he tried to grab a taser, WJXT reported.
On March 31, a 40-year-old mentally ill man in Claremont, New Hampshire, was shot multiple times and killed after an exchange of gunfire with state police, The Concord Monitor reported.
On April 11, an officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, fatally shot Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop. His death is not far from where Floyd died and where Chauvin is on trial.
Incidents like these have occurred every day since and activists across the country are calling for change to the way law enforcement deals with civilians, especially people of color.
“How many more losses must we mourn?” Miski Noor, the co-executive director of the Minneapolis-based activist group Black Visions, told The Times.
Of the 64 incidents reviewed by The Times, at least 42 involved people accused of having firearms, more than 12 involved people who were mentally ill, and several involved domestic violence.
Additionally, almost all the victims were men, the vast majority Black or Latino. The majority were also young; many of whom under the age of 3o include four who were just teenagers, The Times found.