Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Police officers from New York to Los Angeles have been killing first and answering questions later.
We all know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri recently, but very few people are talking about what happened in Los Angeles, California, where the LAPD shot a mentally ill man to death.
"The atmosphere in a South Los Angeles church was at times tense Tuesday night as residents and activists peppered Los Angeles police officials with questions about two officers' fatal shooting of a mentally ill man.
Pictures of Ezell Ford dotted the Paradise Baptist Church, where a crowd of more than 200 people often shouted and interrupted Police Chief Charlie Beck as he tried to address concerns surrounding the investigation into Ford's death.
Beck emphasized that the investigation was only a week old, saying that officials had not yet gathered all the facts. But the crowd grew frustrated when he declined to share information such as the names of the officers involved or why they had stopped Ford.
"Of course that is important to us," he said when asked why the officers approached Ford. "And that will be revealed in the investigation."
The crowd groaned.
"Wait, wait. Stop, please," Beck said. "I will not give you half a story.… We have to find out all the facts." [Source]
Waiting on all "the facts". That has been a popular refrain from those in law enforcement these days. They are waiting on "all of the facts" in Ferguson, Missouri now as well. Good luck with that.
The grand jury convened today in the Michael Brown case, and I am sure that there will be plenty of "facts" as seen through the eyes of Officer Darren Wilson.
It should be all very interesting.
The prosecutor says it will be the middle of October before all of the evidence is presented.
That should give you Negroes enough time to cool off before all "the facts come in".
Anyway, I was thinking of the Michael Brown shooting while reading about a case from Orlando, Florida.
In that case a white man ----unlike Michael Brown was wildly waving a gun outside of a nightclub, when sadly, things took a turn for the worse.
"As Florida cops gunned down an armed felon outside an Orlando nightclub, one of their stray bullets killed an innocent college student.
The shooting outside Vixen Bar claimed the life of Maria Fernanda Godinez, 22, early Tuesday even though Orlando Police Department officers’ intended target was Kody Roach, 23, an intoxicated man who kicked out of the club by employees moments before for threatening to shoot patrons, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“I have a gun-wielding maniac,” one of the club’s employees told 911 dispatchers as Roach banged on the door with the pistol just before 1 a.m. “He set it on the bar top and he wielding it many times. I had to throw him out.”
bouncers kept Godinez and other club-goers inside as Orlando officers rushed to the scene and found an irate Roach outside.
Roach was ordered to drop the weapon, but he refused and the officers shot him with a stun gun. It apparently had little to no effect on him, because it didn’t knock him over and he instead began to raise his arm.
At this point, it’s not clear whether Roach was moving his arm to grab the wired prongs off his chest or point his weapon at the police, but the group of three officers didn’t take any chances.
They opened fire before Roach could attempt a single shot.
The officers ultimately fired nine shots and critically wounded Roach, but two bullets went astray. One hit an officer in the leg and the other went through the club’s door and found Godinez inside. [Source]
The color of Kody Roach's skin saved his life Tuesday night. Please note that the police officers tried their stun guns before resorting to using their firearms and deadly force. The stun gun would not have been a consideration had Mr. Roach been a black man. He would have been dropped before he had a chance to raise his gun. Heck all it had to do was look like he had a gun (a cell phone will do) and a Negro named Jamal Roach would have ended up dead.
*Pic from AOL