Nate Wilks’ life matters

From the September-October 2015 issue of News & Letters

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Picture credit: David M’Oto for News & Letters

Oakland, Calif.—A hundred protesters shut down the intersection of 27 Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way at an Aug. 14 vigil. This is the site where, for the fourth time this year, Oakland cops snuffed out a Black life. Two days earlier, 24-year-old Nathaniel Wilks, suspected of carjacking, was shot dead by police. His girlfriend’s sister told the group that she and Black Lives Matter activists are conducting their own investigation. So far every eyewitness interviewed said Wilks was running away from cops when he was killed. Organizers are raising funds for an independent autopsy.

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