Thandisizwe Chimurenga on Black women victims of police terrorism


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The People’s Minister of Information JR talks with reporter and author Thandisizwe Chimurenga about the recent Black female victims of police terrorism in the U.S. including the cases of Sandra Bland, Marlene Pinnock, Natasha McKenna and more. Tune in for more at

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This picture was taken by another driver of a CHP officer beating Marlene Pinnock at the side of Highway 10 in Los Angeles on July 1, 2014.

“Natasha died in February in Virginia,” says Thandi. “Why we speak of her, of course, is because recently, in the last month or so, the video of how she died was released and, once you look at the video, you can understand the reason why it was held for so long.

“She was naked and surrounded by six or seven people at this mental unit who are holding her down. She even says at one point that she does not want to die. …

“They used a stun gun on her; she was shot four times. She’d been arrested and charged with assaulting a cop in Alexandria, Virginia.” Don’t miss the rest of this story, and watch the video below.

Asked why she believes women victims of police terrorism aren’t talked about as much as Black men victims, Thandi replies: “When you look at the nature of how these Black women die, Black women are murdered by the police away from the public eye. … With Black men, it is very egregious because it’s in our face.”

The People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey is associate editor of the Bay View, author of “Block Reportin’” and “Unfinished Business: Block Reportin’ 2” and filmmaker of “Operation Small Axe” and “Block Reportin’ 101,” available, along with many more interviews, at He can be reached at

This is the video released by the Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 10, 2015.