Friday, 15 July 2016

Friday, 8 July 2016

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Rinse and Repeat

Unbelievable (and yet completely believable at the same time). Another black man was shot and killed by a cop for no discernably good reason. This time, the aftermath was recorded on video by the car passenger/girlfriend.

The known details are that Philando Castile, 32, was pulled over by an unnamed cop for a broken taillight. The cop asked for his license, and as Castile began reaching for his wallet he informed the cop that he had a carry permit and had a gun. He was ordered to stop moving, and as he complied the cop shot him four times.

The girlfriend – amazingly calm, but probably more petrified in fear – recorded what went on at that point. You can hear that the cop knew he fucked up, but he kept his weapon pointed at the dying (and soon dead) Castile. Adding to the insanity, the woman’s 4-year-old was in a car seat in the back, within the line of fire.

A travesty. And the ridiculous thing is, since the cop is reportedly a minority himself (Asian), there’s a slightly smaller chance that he’ll skate. Let’s not kid ourselves – if he was white, he’d be almost guaranteed to be protected and absolved.

I’m beginning to think it’s black people that need to wear body cameras, not the police.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Another day, another death by cop

A guy selling CDs outside a convenience store was shot and killed while restrained in Baton Rouge.

Cops say it was because they were responding to a call claiming that he waved a gun at somebody, and there was, indeed a gun. But some of the details should raise eyebrows.

The gun was in 43-year-old Alton Sterling’s pocket, and eyewitnesses say that he never reached for it. It was the police that removed it, after they shot him. But the really curious part is how the cops responded in the first place.

They were supposedly called in because he had a gun, but they chose to throw him on the ground and grapple with him before they knew where this gun was or if he even had one.¬†It wasn’t until they were on top of him that one shouted, “Gun! He’s got a gun!” as if they were surprised. And even then, they decided to shoot him. Execute him, to be accurate.

I wonder if there was actually a call. I can’t help but think they were just driving past, decided to roust Sterling and shit went bad.