1. He had a grin made of gold. Veneers once considered as hip as the compact discs he was selling. Remember the ’90s, when yellow gold was preferable to platinum and the cassette tape had yet to become entirely passé, but if you were still playing those when CDs were all the rage, you were […]
Less than 24 hours after Alton Sterling was shot dead in Baton Rogue, another name has been added to the dreaded list.
Philando Castile. 32. Shot four times during a traffic stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He was complying. He was respectful.
He is still dead.
The darkness that has been surrounding our people is steadily begining to surround the world.
There has always been evil.
Evil against African Americans. Evil against Arabs. Evil against Jews. Gays. Women.
Now that evil is being exposed.
With cell phones recording, that evil is being exposed.
But as we know, video doesn’t mean anything.
Video was there with Rodney King. Yet no conviction.
Video was there with Mike Brown, Laquan MacDonald, Eric Garner. All was caught on video. Yet all resulted in no convictions.
Alton Sterling, and now Philando Castile. Their murders were caught on camera. But will there be a conviction this time?
When will officers be held accountable?
When will we expect more from our officers than we do?
It seems as if, we think officers are above the very laws that they swore to uphold.
If someone who isnt a police officer, shoots someone, they go to prison. Yet officers shoot people, with or without video evidence, and everytime it is excused.
Eric Garner was choked to death. It was excused.
Mike Brown was shot. It was excused.
Name after name. Hashtag after hashtag.
No indictments. No convictions.
When will there be accountability?
When will there be change?
Alton Sterling, 37, father of five.
Shot six times outside a convenience store by Baton Rogue Police.
Shot six times, after being tazed and handcuffed, already laying on the ground.
His supposed offense: selling CDs and having a gun on him.
Louisiana is an open-carry state.
Alton was a vendor, so selling CDs shouldn’t have been an issue either.
The video of the shooting surfaced on Twitter late Tuesday evening.
I was horrified by what I saw.
Alton Sterling’s name has been added to the dreadful list.
The list of African Americans that have been shot dead by the people who claim to protect and serve.
I don’t hate police. But as the quote goes, Evil prevails when good men do nothing.
When good officers and departments don’t remove the bad officers.These situations will keep happening.
These officers in Baton Rogue, just like the ones in Baltimore, NY, Akron, Texas, were placed on administrative leave.
Yet I am not hopeful that they will get more punishment than that.
Eric Garner had video footage, so did Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and countless others.
All cases ended with acquittals or no charges even being filed.
Alton’s family appeared on MSNBC this morning. His eldest son broke down in tears, his wife, tried her best to not break down as well.
When will this end?
How many more names have to be added to the list, for people to wake up and realize that African Americans are in danger?
When we aren’t shooting each other over nonsense, cops are shooting us.
When will it stop?
As you go about your day, know that five kids are now without a father and a wife is without a husband.
Two police officers are on paid leave while Baton Rogue citizens take to the streets in protest.
Another family is ripped apart.