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Black couple killed by L.A. police while sleeping in a car

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Photo:via Kisha Michael’s family

A Black couple in Inglewood, California was gun down by police while sleeping. The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 21.

Kisha Michael, 31, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32, were out on a date and were likely tired after a night on the town. They decided to park their Chevy Malibu on the side of Manchester Road to get rest. According to NBC 4, someone called police because they thought the parked car was suspicious.

When police arrived, they ordered Michael and Sandlin to exit the car. But the couple did not respond because they were unconscious. The officers apparently felt threatened by unconscious Black people and decided to shoot inside the car. Michael and Sandlin were both killed.

Officers initially claimed that the couple was combative and that the woman had a gun in her hand. However, there was never an indication of a gun being pointed at the officers. Police who were on the scene were not harmed.

Michael’s sister later said that she never owned a gun. Mayor James Butts revealed that the couple was unconscious when police arrived and was unsure how the incident turned violent. Police have been very secretive on the events that occurred and have yet to say if the couple refused to exit the vehicle before they were killed.

The murder is another incident which proves that some police officers believe that they can violate human rights without consequence. The nation won’t be able to move forward on the issue of police brutality and murder until lawmakers hold all police accountable for unprovoked violence on citizens. There are too many incidents of Blacks being killed by police who were never a threat to officers or the public.

Instead, a father of four and a mother of three are now dead because police officers could not find a way to wake up a couple who had the right to be parked on the side of the road.



18 Comments

  1. cupcake333 on February 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    my heart cry for this couple how many time countless white pull over in the car if tired
    needing a quik napp. ? i too have done this at what point do you shot in acar?
    police isout of control period.. they need to stop thiis killing of us,, this , somthing i think
    donald trump would not be affraid of .i dont like him..but trump is about a new constition hell
    black were lynched under our present constitution most ameican harbor division .whites do think they
    are better even if trump run the mexican off our sand that will not be all the difference he will try to make
    he gonna need heavy support to win.. he want be the president acting .royal he will be the royal acting president no fear,, trump will be the 2nd blk president with orange hair.that we dont mind ..we need a
    leader these killing are bigger than we think ,, every since obama come in its been killing blks white are fearful of thier race decline… give them 35 more yeaes

    • Kris Gusto Williams on February 27, 2016 at 12:50 am

      Look up Donald trumps role in the “central park 5”.

      • Carlos on February 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm

        All I know R facts. Under current prez, black unemployment is out of control. Crime is higher w/ our people killin each other in placed like his hometown of Chicago s lot more. He ain’t doin nothin cuz he waitin for that big book contract. I’m votin Republican this time round. Can’t get no worse.

        • Kris Gusto Williams on February 28, 2016 at 8:24 am

          Vote however you feel is right for you. But expecting anything to change because of whoever is in the white house is absurd. Change in the streets starts in the streets.

        • sidney barnes on February 29, 2016 at 12:37 am

          Don’t you see that no matter who is ever President, things ain’t gonna get that much better. There are to many people with to many opinions. And God’s not doing a damn thang to stop it.

        • Jaiden Faint on March 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm

          Some of the dumbest shit I’ve ever read

        • Andrew Glasgow on March 3, 2016 at 3:03 am

          Black unemployment is out of control because the republicans in congress kill every jobs bill Obama tries to send them. Thinking that a republican will somehow improve black unemployment is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. They’re happy for black people to be unemployed. They’d like the black unemployment rate to be higher because it would mean more of their supporters, i.e. stupid white people, get jobs.

        • Michael Jenkins on July 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm

          You are a republican you never voted for a democrat and you are a paid shill

  2. Rudwaan on February 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    ‘The nation won’t be able to move forward on the issue of police brutality and murder until lawmakers hold all police accountable for unprovoked violence on citizens. ‘

    BULLSHIT…there is no unprovoked violence on citizens, what exists is an apparent agenda to kill Blacks and cull the population, we refuse to buy that ‘police out of control bullshit’ they are very much in control, they don’t need additional sensitivity training, this is a violent war against Blacks undoubtedly endorsed by the State and Federal Government

    LET’S RAISE THE VOLUME ON REPARATIONS/SEPARATION OR DIE..

  3. Rudwaan on February 27, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Blacks you have no friends, stop looking outside yourselves for a savior

  4. stuhuzz1981 on February 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    The cops responsible need to be charged, the people who trained them should be fired or demoted, their captain should be forced to retire or stripped of his position, and they better do a full overhaul of the way their teach escalation of force. What they did was inexcusable and if they let this go unaddressed it’ll only get worse with relations between cops and citizens.

  5. [email protected] on February 29, 2016 at 8:57 am

    So you decided to join the hate Black folks party. you must be suffering from Helsinki syndrome.

  6. Dianne Dotie on February 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    What the fuck what the hell why is these dam police killing off all these black peoples for no dam reason black peoples need to wake up and stop killing each other stop the black on black crimes and stared killing them dam police set they ass up and shoot the hell out of they dirty ass when they show up sad to say this but set they ass up on a call and be waiting on they ass to show up and kill they dirty ass pay back is a motherfucker those police have kill so much they made me had a dream one night that i shoot and kill a dirty ass police and when they got ready to put his ass away and all the rest of the dirty motherfucker/police show up to pay there last respect i was waiting and i kill a lots of they dirty ass at one time when they show up to show there respect i awake out of that dream and said what the fuck i never had a dream like that to much police killing blacks made me have that dream but fuck the police they not fare they are dirty as hell.AGAIN FUCK THE POLICE

  7. costogie on February 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    You folks do understand that you are being provoked to hit the streets. And when you do, the change you weren t expecting will be delivered. Weve all been duped. …. peace, maybe one day.

  8. Tom Mattausch on March 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    “Obviously at some point they were conscious… ” said Mayor James Butts.
    All I want to add about this tragedy is that they WERE NOT shot while sleeping.
    Mr. Shaw, this article is currently so far off the truth that it constitutes a blatant deception. If you intend to have any credibility as a journalist, please edit this article so you are not spreading a lie.

  9. E.C. from D.C. on March 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    This insane. Needs way more media coverage!

  10. Michael Jenkins on July 8, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    The police in Dallas were killed as a direct result of these officers.They caused it and it will get worse because these cops murder and are not held accountable.