Darius was confused and seriously injured. He was trying to unscrew the lights in his apartment, but he broke them. His neighbors called the police – who then killed him.
Darius had a bright future ahead of him. He was on the dean’s list at UNT and set to graduate in the spring with a criminal justice major.
He should’ve received help from a mental health care professional. Instead, he was met with violence.
It took weeks of demands from Darius’s father, Kevin Tarver, and community leaders for the Denton Police Department to release footage of the incident.
It’s now clear that the Denton PD tased and shot him while he was standing completely still. They missed multiple opportunities to safely arrest him.
The four officers must get fired and charged for Darius’s murder. An independent special prosecutor must investigate the case. And the Department of Justice must fulfill the promise to launch a federal investigation.
In the battle for the radical transformation of our policing and justice systems, numbers really do matter.
Communities are coming together to advocate for true and long-lasting justice transformation. We’re advocating to hold law enforcement accountable, get justice for families, and pass life-saving policies. But we can’t do it without you.
Since the launch of this organizing initiative, nearly 60,000 people have signed up to volunteer, and this number is growing every day.
With the help of their hard work, we’ve banded together to log cases of police brutality and misconduct, track local policies currently being proposed so we can support those changes, pressure elected officials to commit to our pledge – and we made 154,000 phone calls to help pass Breonna’s Law in Louisville to ban dangerous no-knock warrants.
The work and research of our volunteer team will continue to serve as invaluable tools to achieve real change. We have to maintain our momentum, which means we’re going to need as many passionate people as possible fighting for the radical transformation we deserve.