Campaign Highlights Police Brutality Against Black Women

Three black women started the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, yet the American conversation about police brutality against black people has mostly been a conversation about police brutality against black men. And while the most high-profile police brutality cases recently — Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice — involved black men, many black women have died at the hands of police, too. But things may be changing. Last week, the hashtag #SayHerName took off on Twitter. The campaign was designed by the African American Policy Forum to raise awareness about cases of police violence against women, and it has racked up more than 135,000 tweets as of Tuesday. Many of those tweets included the names of women killed by police who haven't received the same attention as Garner, Scott, Gray and other black men.