While I’m dismayed by the way so many police departments neglect the investigations of crimes where the victim is the Asian heritage and mistreat the victims’ families, I am outright horrified about the rate at which police officers are killing our black neighbors and friends.
Two days ago, in Salt Lake City, police killed a young Kenyan visitor holding a broom handle during their response to a reported altercation.
One young man who said he was a witness, Selam Mohammad, 19, told reporters that police had shot a teenage friend from Kenya who was holding a broomstick and had been fighting with an older man before the officers arrived.
“He barely even turned around … I know he got hit in the chest and in the stomach,” Mohammad was quoted as telling the Deseret News newspaper. “My friend didn’t do anything,” he said.
The visitor from Kenya got an American experience that’s all too common for black men these days.
A little over a week ago, in Inglewood, California, police shot and killed two people who were sleeping in the car after having gone out on the town earlier that night, a black man and a black woman. The woman was raising three boys on her own, all under twelve years old. The man was raising four girls on his own, all, under twelve years old. The after effects for a slaying like this will be enormous.
It seems the officers “felt threatened” when trying to “deescalate” the situation, said the mayor, a former police officer himself. A gun was recovered from the car later. Relatives were at a loss as to how or why a gun would have been there. Police were at a loss to explain what caused them to feel threatened, opting to instead to release a statement later. I guess they felt like they had an important reason for making the victims’ families wait.
I’m guessing that reason is to craft the best possible scenario from which the public would infer the least amount of guilt or wrongdoing by the officers who committed the homicides.
Because the two were passed out so hard, that officers literally tried to but could not rouse them for forty five minutes. Forty five minutes?! I guessing there was shouting, door banging, lights shone in eyes… I wonder after forty five minutes what level this escalated to.
Was anyone even awake when the officers fired? The police won’t say. That’s probably another detail that needs to get buttoned down. I’ll tell you one thing though, I’d be startled as hell if I awoke to all the lights, the banging, and the shouting, especially if I had drunk alcohol that night.