Increasingly more African Americans are shot by cops!
Shooting of African Americans by Police Officer Sparks Off Unrest across America
An African American named Terence Crutcher was shot dead by a Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer. His shooting has sparked off unrest across the United States as protesters clashed with the police.
The 40-year old was gunned down by Officer Betty Shelby after he was asked to step down from his SUV. He was shot dead even as he had his hands over his head. Officer Shelby was charged with manslaughter for “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shooting Crutcher.
Crutcher’s shooting was followed a few days later by another unlawful shooting of a black man, Keith Lamont Scott by police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina. The police say that this man waved a gun in their direction, but have not released any video footage so far to confirm the same.
The two shootings have led to a series of protests in both Oklahoma and North Carolina, which have turned violent. Dozens of police officers have been injured while attempting to control the angry crowds. Many political leaders and civil rights groups have appealed for calm.
Donald Trump spoke at length about the shooting of the unarmed black man Terence Crutcher. Trump was sympathetic to the shooting victim. He said, “He looked like a really good man… it looked like he did everything right”.
He also tried to make sense of the police officer who allegedly shot him. Trump said, “I don know what she was thinking… Was she scared? Was she choking?” Trump added, “I saw his family talking about him after the fact, so you get a little bit different image maybe”.
Trump reiterated that he is “a tremendous believer in the police,” and that police “are great people.” But he added that even among great people, there are always some problems.
Trump said, “These things are terrible… And the police are aware of that too. By the way, the police are troubled by that too, the police see it too. People that choke, people that do that, maybe they can be doing what they e doing,” Trump concluded.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote the following message on Facebook “Another unarmed black man was shot in a police incident. How many times do we have to see this in our country? This is just unbearable, and it needs to be intolerable. And so maybe I can, by speaking directly to white people, say, look, this is not who we are. We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias. There are good, honorable, cool-headed police officers. We have seen them in action in New York over the last 48 hours because of the terrorist attacks. We can do better. We have got to rein in what is absolutely inexplicable. And we have got to have law enforcement respect communities and communities respect law enforcement because they have to work together.”
Popular media personality and political commentator Bill Maher was critical of the police for their involvement in the shooting. He said, “You have to do it better. The woman cop [in Tulsa] who shot the guy, now she is charged with manslaughter. I mean, she shouldn’t have done that, but I must say: she is also a victim. She’s a victim of bad police training. Police do not train the way they should! If you’re that nervous, you can’t do this job.”
“The Charlotte shooting, which we have some video,” Maher continued, “OK, we don’t know whether he had a gun, but even if he did, you don’t have to kill every time somebody does something that makes you nervous. We have to train our police to not be that guy who just empties the clip. If I was the police academy, I would say, ‘Wait until later in the encounter before you shoot.’ They seem to be teaching, ‘Shoot first thing in the encounter.’”
Author: Raghav Hegde – India