Darren Seals (May 15, 1987 – September 6, 2016) was an American racial justice, anti-police brutality, and anti-gun violence activist from Ferguson, Missouri who worked on the assembly line at General Motors. In September 2016, he was found shot dead in a burning car. St. Louis County Police are investigating his death as a homicide; they have not publicly identified suspects or motives.
Seals was active in Ferguson, Missouri, protests in the wake of the police shootings of Brown and Cary Ball Jr., with his commentary appearing in media outlets, per CNN, "as he continued to be outspoken about racial issues after the Brown protests subsided." He co-founded Hands Up United, and The Washington Post described him as "among St. Louis’s most prominent anti-police brutality activists."
Seals had survived a shooting in 2013, and attributed his commitment to anti-gun violence activism to that experience.
In 2014, he joined the Fannie Lou Hamer Coalition and helped rally a movement to vote against the Democratic candidate for St. Louis county executive, by backing white Republican candidate Rick Stream. The move in the highly Democratic African American community was an attempt, as The Washington Post described it, to "demonstrate that their votes should not be taken for granted." He was an integral part of this effort. His leadership connected the community and politicians to move 22,000 Democratic votes to the Republican candidate.
Media outlets noted "the resemblance of Seals' death to the unsolved killing of Deandre Joshua," another Ferguson resident who was also found shot in a burning car two years earlier, on the night of the announcement a grand jury had not indicted Wilson in Brown's death. Police report that while Joshua's case is still open and active, Seals' death has not been linked to it, but nor has a link been ruled out. The Daily Beast found four more cases of similar deaths in St. Louis County in the last two years.
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