The Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets in the Bay Area on February 21 to protest the February 3 killing of Yuvette Henderson by police in Emeryville, California.
A march organized by the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) proceeded from the Emeryville police station to a rally organized by ONYX Organizing Committee, Asians for Black Lives and BlackOut Collective, where activists blockaded all entrances to the Emeryville Home Depot, shutting it down for five hours–the period of time that Yuvette’s body was left to lie in the street after she was shot and killed.
Yuvette, a 38-year-old Black woman and mother of two, was killed by police after allegedly shoplifting at the Home Depot. Multiple eyewitnesses to her death say Yuvette was unarmed when she was shot. One protest organizer, Adam Jordan, reported that multiple eyewitnesses described Yuvette as, “desperately trying to wave down cars and a bus to get out of the situation, like she was in fear for her life.”