Baltimore Police Shoot Suspect in Front of Trayvon Martin Mural

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Photo via the Baltimore Spectator, @baltospectator
Photo via the Baltimore Spectator, @baltospectator

On Sunday afternoon, Baltimore police shot a man who refused to stop when police tried to pull his car over, the Baltimore Sun reports. Such a thing happens regularly enough –though there aren’t official stats for police-involved shootings, an amateur researcher counted 15 in 2011–that usually this would hardly count as news. But as the Sun’s Yvonne Wenger pointed out, this shooting happened right in front of a giant mural memorializing Trayvon Martin.While Martin wasn’t killed by a police officer, for many people his death is linked with those of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other unarmed black men whose killers were never charged (or in Martin’s case, convicted). There’s just something eerily prescient about the giant image of Martin’s eyes looking down on a scene of cop cars and crime scene tape.

The man who was shot is reportedly in critical condition.



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