Tanesha Anderson was schizophrenic, bipolar, and “wasn’t doing very well that day,” as her brother described it, when she was killed earlier this month during an altercation with police who were called to her home for help. It’s a familiar profile for those who die at police hands.
One outrage bled into another in Missouri this week, as protesters from around the country began their planned “Weekend of Resistance” days after the shooting of another black teen in St. Louis sparked another round of escalated protests.
There’s a lot we don’t know about how many people have actually been killed at police hands in the United States, thanks to woefully inadequate transparency and federal record-keeping. But there’s one thing we do now know.