Posts tagged police brutality
Posts tagged police brutality
Jonathan Ferrell, 24, walked half a mile to find help. Instead, the unarmed man was fatally shot by an officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the car crash was so severe that Ferrell likely had to “pull himself out” of the wreckage. He then walked to the nearest house, about a half mile away, to seek assistance. But the local resident whose home Ferrell arrived at was frightened that he was attempting to burglarize her after not recognizing him.
The resident then made a 911 call and three officers arrived at the scene.According to police accounts, Ferrell, who is African-American, acted “aggressively” and charged towards the officers.
Please, try to tell me race had nothing to do with this. Go ahead. A skinny white kid running towards the cops, grateful that someone was coming to help, would have fared far better. If I’d just been in a terrible accident, I might run towards police as well, thinking they were there to help.
At least the officer who shot him has been charged with voluntary manslaughter after investigators determined the use of lethal force was “excessive”.
Memo to the LAPD…
Fantastic! How about the chancellor and the officer who actually sprayed the protesters? Let’s make it a triple.
Up to 20 people were injured when the woman pulled pepper spray in the electronics aisle in order to gain access to marked-down video game consoles. She was able to purchase a console before leaving. Authorities are still looking for her and released a description today.
Question: If she did it multiple times, why did no security or police stop her before she left? You’d think someone would notice the first time, y’know, someone not close by, or security monitoring the area…
I just don’t know what to make of this country when this, some “competitive shopping” by a Black Friday denizen, makes headlines and not the peaceful protesters brutalized all over the country by police. Or how about people of color all over the US who’ve been putting up with this shit for years? Hmm… how about that?
The call came on Monday night, and it made mention of a man who had fallen off his bicycle and injured himself in a parking lot. So Officer Turner pulled up to the scene, and found Roger Anthony — a local fixture who people call “Rabbit” because he had big ears — rolling down the street on his bicycle. Turner followed Anthony in his patrol vehicle, sirens blaring, and ordered him to pull over. Anthony didn’t respond.
Williams said Turner then saw Anthony take something out his pocket and put it into his mouth. At that time, Turner got out of the car and yelled for Anthony to stop. When Anthony didn’t stop, the officer used a stun gun on him, causing him to fall off of his bike.
I’ve seen folks defending the use of pepper spray, batons, and stun guns on protesters. How about a deaf, disabled, bicycling senior citizen who couldn’t hear the officer? What kind of threat did he pose?
And from late last night:
Of course, police say the grandpa in question was trying to steal a video game. Witnesses say that when people began rushing a box of video games, the man stuck a game in the front of his waistband and tried to get his three-year-old grandson out of the way, who was also trampled in the melee. His grandson is reportedly okay, but he was booked for shoplifting and resisting arrest. He also had roughly $600 worth of merchandise in his cart he was planning to purchase.
Instead of protecting the people, the police had to make sure this one man wasn’t stealing a game by face-planting him to the floor.
With these incidents of brutality, it’s fair to ask who the police really are protecting and serving, isn’t it?