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The Mothers Who Lost Their Children To Police Brutality

They loved Jordan Edwards, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin better than anyone. Now they’re the “wrong” kind of murder victim

Before Carla Sheffield’s child was shot and killed by a police officer, the 51-year-old Boston resident had devoted her career to legal and political justice, working mainly in the courts. Then, in 2012, her son, Burrell Anthony Ramsey-White, was pulled over during a routine traffic stop, allegedly because he looked like a suspect in another crime. Though he provided identification indicating that he wasn’t who the officers were looking for, a car and foot chase ensued that ultimately resulted in his death. He was 26 at the time.

Burrell Anthony Ramsey-White. Image via Live4Bo.com.

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