The outrage over some US police actions against black citizens has hit home: South African Lindani Myeni, who was living in the US state of Hawaii, was killed in an altercation with police on his way home to his American wife and their two young children. The details of the incident are as hazy as the selective bodycam footage the police have released. A woman reportedly called the police about a burglary in progress, shouting that a man was stealing the car. Three police officers were quick to approach the unarmed Myeni before announcing they were police. Myeni seemed to defend himself and was at first tasered and then shot multiple times. Myeni, a former professional rugby player and committed Christian, was by all accounts a gentle giant.
Meanwhile, Derek Chauvin, the police officer responsible for the death of African American George Floyd last year, was found guilty on three counts of murder and faces up to 40 years in jail. But there are still many cases of police killings of black people living in the US. As we reported last week, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by police in Minneapolis, allegedly because of air fresheners that hung from his rearview mirror. This week 16-year old Ma’Khia Bryant was also shot dead by police in Ohio outside her foster home. Bodycam footage shows Bryant holding a knife and clashing with two other people before the officer shoots at her four times. Bringing a gun to a knife fight is no way to de-escalate a situation. How many times do we have to say it? #BlackLivesMatter.
This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.