Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Black Lives Matter OKC Demands Justice After Teen Suspect Shot, Killed By OCPD

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This post is one installment in an ongoing news series: a “living history” of the current national and international uprising for justice.

Today’s movement descends directly from the many earlier civil rights struggles against repeated injustices and race-based violence, including the killing of unarmed Black people. The posts in this series serve as a timeline of the uprising that began on May 26, 2020, the day after a Minneapolis police officer killed an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck. The viral video of Floyd’s torturous suffocation brought unprecedented national awareness to the ongoing demand to truly make Black Lives Matter in this country.

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Black Lives Matter OKC Demands Justice After Teen Suspect Shot, Killed By OCPD

By Sylvia Corkill, CBS OKC

November 26, 2020

Protest sign for Stavian Rodriguez
Protest for Stavian Rodriguez who was shot by six OCPD officers
after complying to their commands.

Oklahoma City – Black Lives Matter OKC is demanding justice for a 15-year-old shot and killed by six police officers.

Video shows officers surrounding a convenience store in southwest Oklahoma City after an armed robbery report.

In a press release Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Police Department said officers shot and killed Stavian Rodriguez when he did not follow commands. Black Live’s Matter OKC said the video shows otherwise.

Rodriguez, armed with a gun is seen exiting the building through the store’s drive-thru window. Officers repeatedly commanded for Rodriguez to drop his weapon.                                         

“The person exited the facility, appeared to place the firearm as commanded, or directed on the ground, as they straighten up, as they stood and appeared to be getting ready to raise their hands you hear shots fired,” said Black Lives Matter OKC Executive Director, T. Sheri Dickerson.

Just seconds before, in witness video, the teenager is seen with one hand in the air, the other hand on a gun that he appeared to put down. He then moved his hands toward his waist in what police called suspicious movements. Dozens of bullets killed the teenager…

According to police, in all five officers fired lethal shots, and one fired a less lethal round…

Dickerson told News 9 Black Lives Matter OKC has reached out to the family to offer their support. The organization demands justice for Stavian and plans continual protest against police violence.

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