Los Angeles, police kill cousin founder of Black Lives Matter

In a video, several officers are seen holding the 31-year-old to the ground and hitting him with the taser

Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old teacher, was killed after police officers repeatedly hit him with a taser gun and kept him pinned to the ground. The man was the cousin of Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter. “They’re trying to kill me like George Floyd,” the 31-year-old cried at one point, according to body camera video released yesterday by the LAPD.

In the video, which dates back to January 3, several officers are seen holding Anderson on the ground: one who puts his elbow on his neck, while another hits him with a taser for about 30 seconds and then again for another 5 seconds. “My cousin asked for help and did not receive it, they killed him – Cullors told the Guardian – no one deserves to die in panic and fear: my cousin feared for his life, he has spent the last 10 years watching him grow a movement that challenges the killings of African Americans.”

According to the reconstruction, Anderson had been involved in a car accident and when the police arrived they found him in the middle of the road asking for help. At this point the officer ordered him to go to the sidewalk and stand against the wall.

Anderson at first complied, but then became concerned by the aggressive attitude of the policeman and tried to flee. Once stopped, the officer ordered him to lie down on his stomach. At this point more officers arrived with the young man saying “help me, they are trying to kill me”. After being pinned down and tasered, Anderson went into cardiac arrest and died following hospitalization.

“He was a traffic accident, instead of treating him as a potential criminal they should have called an ambulance – Cullors denounces – this type of killing and use of force will not cease unless we have courageous elected officials who challenge not only the police but policies too.” Statistics show that around 10% of police killings occur during traffic accident interventions.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Anderson had “erratic” behavior with officers and that, according to initial tests, he had traces of cannabis and cocaine in his blood. “Keenan’s murder is absolutely horrific, the police are not talking about killing but ‘death in custody’, but Keenan was tasered, we know the police caused his death, a minor car accident shouldn’t lead to the death of an African American, unarmed and who had done nothing wrong,” was the reply of Melina Abdullah, another co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.