John T. Williams

John T. Williams (Seattle, WA: 2011) was a deaf 50-year-old seventh generation Nitinaht carver of the Nuu- chah-nulth First Nations. He was walking down a street with a pocketknife and a piece of wood in his hands. He walked passed a police car and the officer noticed him carrying a knife in his hand. The officer began following Williams and yelled three times “Put the knife down.” Williams was unable to hear him. The officer shot him five times, and Williams died from his wounds. The police officer later resigned.


Collage of 5 photos of Markus and other family in black & white.

Markus Johnson

Markus Johnson, aged 21, died on September 6, 2019, in the Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security prison in Illinois. Markus was diagnosed with bipolar disorder

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Yong Yang

Yang, 40, was killed on May 2 after allegedly wielding a kitchen knife toward officers responding to reports of a mental health episode. Yang’s parents called the Los Angeles

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