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Teacher Allegedly Killed by the L.A.P.D. Was Cousins With Black Lives Matter Founder & Visiting LA


The LAPD reportedly killed Keenan Anderson, the cousin of Black Lives Matters (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Cullors, by excessively tasing him. He later died from cardiac arrest at the hospital.


Keenan was visiting Los Angeles from Washington, D.C. when he got in a car accident. Multiple police officers arrived at the scene of the collision, and a conflict ensued, leading Keenan to be tasered several times. Anderson makes the third officer-involved death for LAPD this year. (The image below is the property of the the LAPD).



The police reportedly claim they thought the high school English teacher was trying to steal a vehicle. However, there's no proof that he was doing so and no reports that state Keenan was armed or dangerous. There are still several questions as to what officially transpired on the day of his death. Congresswoman Maxine Waters made the following statement via her Instagram account: "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression & cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." Jan 3rd, LA Police excessively tasered Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old black man, English teacher & father. He died 4 hours later. We must not be silent."


Patrisse Cullors made the following statement on behalf of their family via ABC News: "Nobody deserves to die at the hands of the state, period." "There's so many ways to prevent death. We're supposed to be a society that believes in life, that believes in human beings being able to live long, healthy lives. My cousin deserves that."


Los Angeles has a vigil in honor of Anderson on Venice and Lincoln boulevards.


This is a developing story.


Main image credit: Patrisse Cullors


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