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  • Demonstrators gather to call for justice in the murder of Trayvon Martin at Leimert Park in Los Angeles, March 22, 2012.
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    22 October 2015

    Demonstrators gather to call for justice in the murder of Trayvon Martin at Leimert Park in Los Angeles, March 22, 2012.

Activists are no longer just talking about instances of police brutality. They are condemning a state-sanctioned system that they say permits campaigns of “police terror” in poor communities, and particularly communities of color.

A growing grassroots movement is simmering across the United States. Coalition groups are condemning what they call state-sanctioned campaigns of “police terror,” a term used to describe the systematic harassment through racial profiling and extrajudicial executions carried out by police mostly against communities of color.

The movement against police brutality and terror is culminating in a three-day action under the slogan #RiseUpOctober, supported by notable figures like scholar and academic Cornel West and actor Jesse Williams.

In recent years, victims of police brutality like Travyon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Sandra Bland have become household names through the dedication and hard work of members of The Black Lives Matter movement to disrupt and interrupt U.S. American politics.

Now coalition groups such as Stop Mass Incarceration are building on this community momentum and consciousness to launch the movement against “police terror” in communities of color.

At least 100 families who have lost a family member due to police brutality are expected to be present at the marches, scheduled for Oct. 22-24.

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