Who Was Sean Bell? Four Forgotten Facts About the Police Shooting Victim

For every innocent life loss as a result of gun violence or excessive force by the police there is a RIP hashtag. These social media markers are meant to raise awareness about injustices around the world and galvanize people to speak out, but they also signify death.

Before people like Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, Korryn Gaines, Mike Brown, and countless others were slain victims, they were brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, fathers, mothers, and cherished friends. Through a new docuseries dubbed Before the Hashtag, Complex Networks sheds light on the real lives of people who have had the misfortune of becoming a RIP hashtag.

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