And Yet Another Unarmed Brother Killed By Police
In America, the disturbing reports of a 'young, unarmed Black man killed by police' has become a cliche in these days and times.The latest police incident occurred in Sacramento, where a 22-year-old man was fatally shot by police for having a cell phone in his hand. Initially, the cops reported that he had a 'toolbar.' Cops have used this excuse for decades. He had a weapon, so we shot him.
Black men being targets of foul police play is nothing new. Police claiming that a black suspect had a weapon and blowing his head off is old news. It didn’t start with Trayvon Martin in 2012 getting shot by a racist, rogue rent-a-cop. Or Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray in 2015. And it sure hasn’t ended since Philando Castile and Terence Crutcher were stolen from their families by police in 2016.
These blatant murders make you question the value of a young, black life in a country that has supposedly made great strides in racism and oppression of minorities over the decades.
It’s 2018 and young black men are still being murdered by police officers for nothing. No one wants their children growing up in a society where the unjustified killings of unarmed black males become par for the course. It may be too late, as most of the killer cops are found not guilty by a judge and jury who devalue the life of slain, innocent black men as well.
When will the madness stop? Not anytime soon, unfortunately. As long as cops keep killing blacks and are found not guilty of obvious and egregious racist acts of terror, then the police departments will continue to feel that they can’t be held accountable and our government and country will continue to share the same wicked sentiment.