African American father-of-six Eric Garner, 43, dies after being held in a police chokehold while he is being arrested for selling individual cigarettes illegally in New York. A coroner declares the death a homicide, but a grand jury opts not to charge the white officer involved, unleashing demonstrations in several cities.
A white police officer kills an unarmed black teenager, aspiring college student Michael Brown, 18, unleashing sometimes violent protests and heavy-handed police tactics in Ferguson, Missouri. The later decision not to indict the police officer, Darren Wilson, prompts riots in Ferguson and raises racial tensions.
Ezell Ford, 25, an unarmed black man who is mentally disabled according to his family, is killed by Los Angeles police officers as he walks in the street. His autopsy shows he was shot three times, including once in the back at close range.
Laquan McDonald, 17, is shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on a city street. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder on November 25, 2015 after a video of the shooting is released. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asks for the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy amid angry protests over the way authorities responded to the shooting..
An unarmed black man, Akai Gurley, 28, a father of a young daughter, is shot by an Asian-American officer who opens fire in a dimly lit staircase at a Brooklyn, New York apartment block. On the day of his funeral on December 7, New Yorkers take to the streets to denounce the spate of police killings. The police officer, Peter Liang, is charged with manslaughter.
In Cleveland, Ohio, a video emerges of US police officers shooting dead Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy carrying a replica gun, just seconds after confronting him. Ohio was also the scene of another fatal shooting in August, when police responding to a 911 call shot and killed a black man, John Crawford, in a Walmart store while he was carrying a toy gun sold there.
Tony Terrell Robinson, 19, is killed in Madison, Wisconsin, by a police officer. The killing comes on the eve of the commemoration in Selma, Alabama of the 50th anniversary of the brutal repression of a protest demanding civic rights for blacks.
In the state of Georgia, a white policeman kills an unarmed black man, Anthony Hill, 27, who appeared to suffer from mental problems according to the police, who said he jumped on an officer, naked.
Freddie Gray, 25, is arrested for possession of a knife and loaded into a police van in Baltimore, Maryland on April 12. Gray is found in a coma with a severed spine, and dies of his injuries a week later, sparking protests that turn violent on April 25 in a night of looting and arson. A state of emergency is declared in Baltimore as riots erupt just a few blocks from the site of Gray's funeral and then spread throughout other parts of the city.