As we look for answers and justice surrounding the recent killing of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Ezell Ford, let’s not forget about the black women who have also been killed at the hands of police officers.
Tarika Wilson was fatally shot by police officers during a raid-gone-wrong in early January of 2008. She was likely on her knees and complying with a SWAT team’s orders to get down when she was hit in the neck and chest, two experts testified. A forensic pathologist and firearms expert each said that bullet wounds indicate that Tarika Wilson wasn’t standing or struggling with officers. She was holding her 1-year-old son on her knees when she was shot. The boy was hit and had a finger amputated. This tragedy set off protests and debate about race relations in the city (LIMA, Ohio), where one in four residents are black.