After authorities declared a state of emergency in St. Louis County Monday, activists asked: Which emergency?
Activists with Hands Up United, a project administered by a non-profit organization called Environmentalism Through Inspiration and Non-Violent Action, launched a hashtag campaign on Twitter asking the question in an effort to highlight what they slam as unfair treatment by police and a slew of injustices. They are demanding authorities answer questions about Sandra Bland’s death, cases of arson targeting predominantly black churches, underfunded public schools and high unemployment in the black community.
One social media user sought to put the number of police killings in perspective, asking: “#WhichEmergency, the one where cops have killed more Americans than ISIS has?”
St. Louis County officials said a state of emergency was declared due to violence that tore through demonstrations on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Police reported rioting after 18-year-old Tyrone Harris was shot Sunday, and arrested dozens of protesters including prominent activists such as DeRay McKesson. The emergency order gives county police the power to oversee operations in Ferguson and nearby areas.
#WhichEmergency When..Black ppl can’t Walk Drive Shop Protest Swim Change lanes Speak out abt their rights While living in black skin
— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) August 11, 2015
— Yezzir Arafat (@DiplomatEsq) August 11, 2015
#WhichEmergency? The one wherein police kill another black person every 21 hours?
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) August 11, 2015