Here we go again! The killing of African Americans by trigger-happy police continues.
The latest two killings occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
The first police killing was of Tulsa resident Terence Crutcher. A college student and father of four, he was waiting for roadside assistance for his stalled SUV. For some reason, police were called.
Instead of them offering assistance, they treated Crutcher as if he was a criminal. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby, who arrived first on the scene, called for Crutcher to raise his arms in the air, which he did.
That was captured on dash cam video as well as by a news helicopter filming the entire scene. Moments later we see Crutcher being shot to death by Shelby. Crutcher had his hands in the air, wasn’t a threat and complied with police commands. And was still killed by police.
Then here come the police lies and cover up. Police responded initially saying that Crutcher was reaching inside his window. A major problem with that lie is the window was clearly closed on the videotape. A streak of Crucher’s blood is clearly seen on the window, as he fell down dying.
The second police killing occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina. Keith Lamont Scott, who according to family members was in his car reading a book and minding his own business, was shot and killed by a Charlotte officer.
Scott was the sixth person this year killed by police there. His killing set off two nights of chaos and destruction in Charlotte. Protestors took to the streets where all hell has broken loose. Things are so out of control that the governor of North Carolina called in the National Guard to help restore order.
The National Guard may help restore order. But it can’t do anything concerning the continued growing frustration of many Americans across our nation.
Ahmed Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested by police for planting bombs all over the East Coast. Those bombs injured 28 Americans.
Rahami was involved in a shootout with police. He shot two officers. But Rahami was captured alive. So you mean to tell me a suspected terrorist can blow up people, shoot at the police and they let him live. But African-Americans who are minding their own business are confronted by police and shot down in cold blood in the streets of our country.
Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was right. I wrote about this previously and didn’t take a position. I supported his right to protest even though I may not have agreed with the method. I feel more strongly about it.
Black people are getting slaughtered in the streets by police nationwide. Peaceful protesting hasn’t stopped it. Violent protesting hasn’t stopped it.
I’m not sure what’s going to stop it. But I know this. If it continues, the blood in the streets of unarmed African-Americans who continue to be slain by rouge police officers, wont be the only blood spilled.
All police have to do is remember their fellow officers who were gunned down in Dallas and Baton Rouge by black activists inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. You can’t keep killing our people and not expect a violent response in return.
I live in a city where 25 years ago parts of it was burned to the ground after the four white officers who almost beat Rodney King to death were found not guilty by an all-white Simi Valley jury.
Rodney King wasn’t killed by police. It didn’t matter.
The years of abuse by the Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Sherrif’s Department was enough. L.A. burned down. It was the most destructive uprising in American history.
I’m not an advocate for violence of any kind. But as a student of history, I can see where this is going if the killing of African Americans continues.
Shockwaves occurred last week in the city of Compton when Compton City Councilwoman Emma Sharif, a former school board member and a community icon, announced that she is running for mayor. Sharif was essentially drafted by many residents who want change in the beleaguered city dissatisfied by current Mayor Aja Brown.
I will have more on this at a later date. But the popular Sharif, based on community conversation, appears to be the frontrunner.
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