Mothers Who Lost Kids Hope to Make Change

Mothers of the Movement Speak in Greensboro

The pain of losing a child can only be completely understood by those who've lived through it.

Three mothers; Gwen Carr, Geneva Reed-Veal and Maria Hamilton know the pain.

They each lost a child and they say law enforcement is to blame.

Maria's son, Dontre Hamilton, was shot 14 times by a police officer in 2014 after he got into a fight with that officer.

Geneva's daughter, Sandra Bland, committed suicide in jail following an arrest during a traffic stop in 2015.

Gwen's son, Eric Garner, died after New York Police put him in a choke hold during a confrontation in 2014.

The group spoke to students at North Carolina A&T about what they call avoidable deaths at the hands of police.

Carr shared how her son's death changed her life. "That day when they took him away, they went deep. They killed my joy, they stole my spirit and they just took everything from me."

The event, known as Mothers of the Movement, brought its message to students to try to make a change. And the women didn't sugar coat the problem they say is plaguing our country.

"Right now today we have 818 men in the United States whose lives have been taken and y'all ain't mad?” asked Hamilton. “Y'all aint upset?"

We’ve told you about how our local police are working to prevent any situations like what was discussed tonight. Police from Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Burlington have held community events to talk about problems in the community and try to build relationships.

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