After 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr. was killed by LA police, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors announced that the movement would be putting increased pressure on city and police leadership to change the broken system that allowed Snell to be killed.
In particular, Cullors said the movement would be focused on Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Police Department, with protesters demanding that they address the grievances brought up by the Black Lives Matter movement seriously. “At this point, we don’t see any other option, other than disrupting business as usual,” Cullors said Monday night.
“There’s a generation of black people in L.A. who are seeing our friends, family and community members being gunned down by LAPD,” Cullors said. “In a large part, black elected officials have been silent on this issue.”
Cullors and 20 other protesters attempted to raise concerns with Chief Beck on Monday but were not allowed in to the press conference. Cullors, along with Melina Abdullah and Niki Okuk, was arrested for refusing to disperse.
Snell was shot by police after they were tailing the vehicle he was traveling in, which had plates that did not match the year of the car. Police claimed that Snell ducked down “as if to hide” while he was in the backseat and that he emerged from the car holding his waistband. A gun was recovered about five feet from Snell’s body after he was fatally shot.
However, activists have claimed that Snell was running from police and was shot in the back, and so he was not a threat to police at the time he was shot.