Last week, a group of church friends held a town hall meeting in Brunswick, Ga.
Their purpose is embodied in their name: Justice For Caroline Small.
Chances are, you have never heard of her. She was a waitress, a mother of two girls, and a woman with mental health issues who was in and out of drug treatment programs for much of her life until she was killed by police in June 2010. Her death was every bit as outrageous as those of Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray and Tamir Rice but has received only a fraction of the attention.
Indeed, unless you live in Georgia or north Florida, you probably don’t know her story. And you should. As told in news reports and a dash cam video, it goes like this:
A police officer responds to a call of a woman doing drugs in a parking lot. When he tells her to shut off the car, she takes off instead. A 4-mile, low-speed chase ensues. It ends when a police car bumps her vehicle, spinning it to a stop.