The killing of unarmed black men at the hands of the police has been going on for decades. They are now being captured by camera phones and video phones, and chronicled on social media and the world has taken notice. Last month Barstow, California police shot into a packed car outside of a Walmart, killing Diante Yarber, a 26 year father of three:
Police in Barstow, California killed Diante Yarber, a father of three, earlier this month after attempting to stop the vehicle he was in. A report from Barstow police says that Mr Yarber was “wanted for questioning” in a stolen vehicle case, and that he struck two patrol cars before an officer opened fire.
Dozens of gunshots can be heard in a shaky video recorded by a witness of the shooting. Mr Yarber is said to have been unarmed at the time of the shooting, which also injured a young woman in the vehicle.
“The police took him away for no reason,” Brittany Chandler, the mother of one of Mr Yarber’s children, told the Guardian. “The police should be held accountable for this … They are sick people for them to be able to shoot someone down in broad daylight.”
The family asserts the police action was an overly aggressive response that led to an unnecessary death. Previous police reports suggest Mr. Yarber had been sentenced to four years probation in 2017 for child abuse endangerment and resisting or obstructing an officer. In 2011 he was sentenced to over a year in prison for pointing pointing a shotgun at a group of people and shooting overhead. Mr. Yarber was taken into custody in mid-March for possessing a firearm, but escaped from custody.
The shooting is the latest event involving a police shooting in northern California to spark outrage. A few weeks ago police shot and killed Stephon Clark who was standing in his grandmother’s backyard. They were responding to a 911 call in the neighborhood.