Projecting Justice: Ryan Smith, Damarius Butts, Che Taylor, and Shaun Fuhr

May 25 marks the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, a watershed moment that has re-energized an ongoing nationwide movement and sparked an urgent conversation about the role of policing in our state. In Washington, about 40-50 members of our communities, disproportionately Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian American Pacific Islander, are killed each year by police officers. That must change. With Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, we projected names each night, beginning with George Floyd on May 25, 2021.

Learn about Ryan Smith and Damarius Butts.

Che Taylor was given conflicting demands by Seattle Police, and he had his hands up when they shot him and left him to bleed to death.  He was unarmed.  Che was killed in February 2016, and his brother and sister founded Not This Time to advocate for other families facing the difficulties of navigating the system after a police-involved shooting.

Shaun Fuhr was holding his child and running away from police when he was killed in Seattle in April 2020.  It appears that deadly force was not necessary and it was used in a reckless and indifferent manner.  There were other alternatives that day that would have kept Shaun alive.