Dustin Paradis

Photo of a young man sitting in a recliner. He has short brown hair, fair skin, and a scruffy beard. He is wearing glasses and a gray T-shirt. He is holding a sleeping brown dog with short floppy ears.Name: Dustin Paradis.
Died: October 13, 2021.
Age at death: 34.
Cause of death: Police shooting.
Location: Augusta, Maine, USA.

Dustin lived at a homeless shelter when he had a fight with another resident. Staff called the police, who fatally shot Dustin. The other resident was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Dustin was holding a knife, but Dustin’s family and neighbors say they should have tried to defuse the incident without killing Dustin. “He needed help,” a neighbor says, “…but nobody was helping him.”

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Edwin Arrigo

Photo of a teenage boy with short black hair and light-brown skin, wearing a yellow-and-blue-patterned T-shirt. His expression is neutral, his face a little asymmetrical.Name: Edwin Arrigo (also called Edwin Armigo or Erwin Arnigo).
Died: May 23, 2021.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Police shooting.
Location: Valenzuela City, Phillippines.

Edwin was known in his village as a helpful child who would do anything for anyone without asking for anything in return.

Edwin lived near an illegal cock-fighting ring. He was shot by police, but the story the police tell, and the story his family tells, are different.

The police say he was at the cock-fight, and they shot him because he tried to grab one of their guns. But Edwin’s family says that he was nowhere near the illegal cock-fight, and the police dragged him there so that they could justify having shot him during their break-up of the cock-fighting ring. The family says they have witnesses who can corroborate their story, and who say they saw the police grab Edwin in a bear hug, shoot him at close range, and drag him away.

The police officers involved have been fired. An investigation is underway.

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Jenoah Donald

Photo of a young man with light-brown skin and dark-brown eyes, wearing a baseball cap and gray shirt. He has a scanty mustache and chin beard. His ears are pierced, but with no jewelry in them. He is smiling slightly. A creek and some greenery are in the background.Name: Jenoah Donald.
Died: February 12, 2021.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Police shooting.
Location: Hazel Dell, Washington, USA.

Jenoah was driving down a neighborhood street when he was pulled over by the police–ostensibly, for a broken taillight.

The following is the story is as it was told by the police: Jenoah had made no hostile moves when the officer began repeatedly yelling at him to show his hands; then the officers demanded he get out of the car. Jenoah refused. The officer grabbed his arm and tried to pull him out of the car. Jenoah tried to pull his arm back, and the officer punched him in the face. Jenoah kicked the officer away and started the car, trying to drive away. At that point, the officer shot Jenoah twice in the head.

Jenoah was taken to the hospital, where he died after a short time on life support.

Jenoah’s family filed a lawsuit against the police department. The police should not, they say, have escalated the situation the way they did; they should have used their training, and if they had, Jenoah would still be alive.

Editor’s note: Even when reading the police narrative of Jenoah’s death, I noticed exactly what Jenoah’s family did: The officers deliberately escalated the situation; Jenoah seems to have reacted primarily with attempts to get away from the officer who was manhandling him. Instead of politely explaining the problem to Jenoah, they seem to have immediately begun yelling at him about keeping his hands in view, and then kept making demands to an overwhelmed autistic man who responded by simply attempting to escape. It was the police who initiated violence with that first punch, and the police who ended the encounter by killing Jenoah. In their report, the police specify that they were in the same neighborhood as a house that had been the subject of many calls. The subtext seems to be that they were in a “bad neighborhood”, and Jenoah was a black man.

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Jameson Shapiro

Photo of a small boy with fair skin, wearing a sailor-themed beanie and a camo T-shirt, smiling for the camera.Name: Jameson Shapiro.
Died: November 26, 2020.
Age at death: 18 months.
Cause of death: Homicide (Shot).
Location: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada.

Jameson and his brother, both autistic, were in their mother’s custody when their father abducted Jameson. Jameson’s father hit a police roadblock and got into a shootout with police. When it was over, Jameson’s father was dying, and Jameson was found dead, also shot by police.

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Iyad Halak

Photo of a young man with tan skin and short black hair; his expression is neutral.Name: Iyad Halak.
Died: May 30, 2020.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Police shooting (Unarmed).
Location: Jerusalem, Israel.

Iyad was a student at a special education institute. He was walking to school when police yelled at him to stop. Not understanding, or perhaps surprised and confused, Iyad ran and was pursued by the police until he ran into a dead-end alley. He died from one or more of the seven shots discharged at him.

Police claim they saw Iyad holding a weapon, but he was unarmed. The shooter has been charged with second-degree murder.

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