Sorry. Don’t agree. We don’t have enough facts. Every time a black man shoots another black man, it’s BFD, business as usual in the black neighborhood. Even their families don’t care enough to come forward and protest if the other guy isn’t prosecuted or if he’s allowed to plead to something ridiculously lenient. If the criminal is African American, anything can be excused in an African American community because somehow “the system” failed him and his.
But you let it be an officer involved, and it’s all the officer’s fault and the “victim” is somehow maligned. Too many African-Americans openly encourage noncompliance with any form of authority, but they expect authority to protect them on demand.
Reports are the shooting officer was taken from the scene to the hospital with a broken orbital (eye socket) bone and other serious injuries. The orbital fracture is disputed. The fact that the officer had facial injuries doesn’t appear to be. You can infer he was struck in the face. You can infer that the “victim” of the shooting was anything but a mild-mannered passerby from his earlier convenience store theft and battery of the employee – also white, or at least not African American. Where’s the outrage over that? The only outrage was that it “disparages” the victim’s character rather than establishing a clear example of violent, anti-social behavior occurring within a narrow time-frame of the incident which resulted in his demise.
The pattern of the bullets is interesting. It doesn’t indicate the guy was shot while standing there with his hands raised. The last shot went through the top of his head, so the shots went into his arm, shoulder and then through his head as he was falling. And they were all on his right side. That indicates he was in a fighting or striking stance, right side forward. And that, coupled with the officer’s reported injuries, tends to support a theory of violence to the officer rather than a hands-raised, compliant “victim.”
There is a double-standard in the criminal justice system. I knew it when I was a probation officer. African-Americans got tougher sanctions because they had no family support for lesser sanctions. I see it in the juvenile system. White, Spanish and Asian kids get Teen Court and diversion programs because their parents make sure they toe the mark, attend the classes, do the community service work. African-American parents don’t. They won’t make sure their kids attend classes, court – even when costs can be defrayed by community service, they don’t make the kid comply. Instead, they let their kids take criminal probation instead of diversion which could have let their records be expunged. They don’t show up to court half the time when their child is facing criminal charges and the child’s future is on the line. They let their child’s behavior and charges and lack of compliance snowball into a commitment (juvenile prison) sentence, which just greases the skids into adult criminal prison.
African-Americans say, the system did this, the system did that, the system failed my child. Hockey puck. The parents are the first step in “the system.” And African American parents on the whole consistently refuse to step up to the plate. They want what they perceive privileged “white” folks as having, but they won’t conform behavior or their social norms in order to achieve it. Until the African American community ceases to embrace a culture of failure and violence as their “norm,” we’re going to keep having these incidents.
** sidenote: And every time African- Americans protest, they burn their own neighborhoods, loot their own stores, and otherwise prey on their own community. It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east. I'd like to see that idiocy cured by African-American leaders. NO other ethnic/minority in the US does that kind of stupid stuff over and over again, generation after generation.