#HandsUp Against Police Brutality

When is enough enough? How many kids have to be shot, and how many grandmas and reporters have to be arrested while exercising their civil rights, before we put an end to the senseless and shameful display and use of unwarranted force by our local police? It's time. A National #HandsUp Against Police Brutality movement starts this Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

WASHINGTON — Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.

On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. The numbers appear to show that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last Saturday was not an isolated event in American policing.

Local police involved in 400 killings per year

Don't see your city, state, or country represented in the action? Make a free OpESR.net account and create an assembly in a town square near you. Tag it with #HandsUp or #DontShoot, along with your locality in hashtag format, then tweet it out with the button on your post. You can also add links to organizing events, video feeds, and photo galleries, or we'll add these retroactively if you share this information in the event comments section.

Do wear red armbands. Don't act stupid. Expect us.