I have not been feeling well, as usual, and have not really been able to write, nor to pay much attention to the news. However, I awoke this morning to two different shootings, both of African Americans, both by police. I am very upset over these two shootings, and of course all shootings..However, the shooting in Minnesota had tears running down my face while watching the video live streamed by the man’s girlfriend via Facebook. The policeman was wrong. I watched the video several times. The police officer hollered that he told the man Not to reach in his pocket, the girlfriend denied it. Whatever the story is, the rest of the video tells so much. Someone said to me this morning, ‘Why was she so calm, must have wanted her ten seconds of fame’. I retorted, ‘She had to do this, to show the wrong doing….she probably would have been shot herself if she tried to help her boyfriend….and it’s obvious she fell apart afterward’. Horrible.
The officer had no cause to shoot the young man in the first place. If in fact he was told not to reach for his identification, which I doubt because at all traffic stops you are asked to show your ID and registration….. The man also correctly told the officer that he had a permit and a gun. If the man posed a threat, why tell the officer that? If in fact the officer told him Not to reach in his wallet, and the man did it anyway, the officer had no reason to shoot him Four Times. Hand cuffing him to the steering wheel, asking him to get out of the car and cuffing him until he took the gun for a moment and called in the registration and tags would have been sufficient. It may have caused an uproar, but he would have been Alive. Shooting him in the way the officer did it, along with a child in the car, was Horrible. The girlfriend obviously Fell Apart once placed in the police car herself.
Question: Would the officer have reacted the same way if the driver were white? I don’t know. I hope so. But I do think that this is a case of Racial Profiling Gone Wrong. I think the officer acted with Excessive Force, and extinguished a Young Life for No Reason. He had No Record. He had a job. He just had a broken tail light. Furthermore, the officer should be Off with No Pay because of his actions. He should then be tried and convicted. Do not police officers have some kind of first aid training? Could he not have taken off his shirt and applied a tourniquet to try and save the young man? Perhaps I am just an old woman rambling my thoughts but there is something Very Wrong with this incident.
The other incident shown was in Louisiana. The man shot was known to have money on him for selling CDs. A homeless person was asking him for money and he showed the gun he carried after telling the man to go away. The homeless person then called the police. Once the police came, he was stun gunned according to the news. Was it necessary to have two officers on the man, and because he had a gun, shoot him over Four Times Dead? Do they not know how to cuff him and take him to the station? It was wrong of the man to ‘brandish his gun’ and perhaps scared the homeless man, and he should answer for that. However, did the officers have to Kill Him?? Was this Racial Profiling or would the same be done to someone who was white?
Is this more than Racial Profiling? Are our police Not Trained? Are they Scared? It seems to me that they should all have body cameras to show their accountability although theirs conveniently were broken. The man on the ground did not seem to be threatening the officers although he did ask what they were doing….Why not cuff him and take him in? Why Kill Him??
In both cases, these men were Killed by the Police. This should not take a million senate hearings, a million committees, or Red Tape that goes on Forever. This should be taken care of Immediately, by each county, each state, Immediately. KILLING for no reason has to stop.
I pray for the families of these terrible tragedies….