Internet Won't Let Lavall Hall, Mentally Ill Man Shot by Miami Gardens Police, Be Forgotten

One of several images making their way around Twitter to bring attention to Hall's death.
One of several images making their way around Twitter to bring attention to Hall's death.
via Dream Defenders

On Saturday, Lavall Hall, a Miami Gardens man diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was having an episode. His mother called police to help her calm down her son. As it turns out Hall's mother would never see her son alive again.

Miami Gardens Police showed up the scene and ended up fatally shooting the 25-year-old.

See also: Miami Gardens Police Killed Mentally Ill Man Armed With Broom, Family Claims

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson held a press conference yesterday claiming that Hall hit two officers multiple times with a broomstick. He claimed Hall hit one of the officers in the head with the four foot stick with a metal end. Both officers tried deployed their Tasers, but the department claims that neither attempt subdued Hall.

Officer Eddo Trimino responded by firing five shots, two of which hit Hall. (The officer had killed another person two years ago in self-defense on the job.)

The shooting is being investigated, and both officers are on paid administrative injured leave. Johnson however claimed that his officers were following protocol.

Following the incident, Hall has now become the latest subject of the #BlackLivesMatter internet movement after Tweets about his death by both locally based activist group Dream Defenders and Daily Kos writer Shaun King.


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