In August 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown is shot by the police in Ferguson (US). While the police speaks of self-defence and states that Michael Brown acted aggressively, others claim that he had his hands up and said ‘don’t shoot’. The incident sparked unrest and protest, both peaceful and violent.
In June 2016, lawyer Willie Kimani is abducted together with his taxi driver and a client, who just filed a complaint against a police officer. A week later their tortured bodies are found in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Four police officers have been charged with the murder of these three men. The killings sparked outrage both in the streets and on social media under the hashtag ‘Stop extrajudicial killings’.
In February 2017, during a police intervention in a suburb North of Paris, the 22-year-old Théo is beaten by police officers and raped with a police baton. He is severely injured and ends up in the hospital. In the weeks that follow, we see car burnings, riots and protesters asking for justice and peace.