“They Put Us Down, When We Already Down”: Police and Juvenile Justice

By the fall of 2015, there had been a wave of police murders of unarmed Black youth, young men and boys. Eric Garner choked on a sidewalk in July 2014; Michael Brown shot in the street in August; Tamir Rice shot in a playground in November; Freddie Gray dead from injuries in a van and Walter Scott shot in a park both in April 2015. Shocking videos had been recorded of some of their deaths, and they had gone viral. Black Lives Matter became the rallying cry and a protest movement. Angry and shaken to the core by these deaths, high school students at EVC feared that they could be next.