The same people that argue that American citizens should all be armed to protect themselves because #GunRights will be the same people who will say he was armed therefore its his fault he got shot.
Whether he committed a crime, whether he resisted, he didn’t deserve to die in that manner. Because of negligence, or panic, or a rush to judgment.
I can’t pretend I know whether Alton Sterling was a good person or career criminal, but justice isn’t served when a man is killed before he has had his day on court. It creates mistrust, of the police, the justice system, and sets race relations back every time something like this happens.
The race card… “Why do you have to pull out the race card?”
Its not a race card. It’s a perspective and an experience that is different than yours. It’s empathy for what one may perceive to be an unjust killing. It’s a statistic that skews towards black men at a vastly discordant level. It’s the desire to not be outraged every time a black man, black teen, or black boy is shot dead in some sort of unjust manner. It’s the desire to not dread scrolling through your Facebook feed and see one of your friends defending the latest police shooting or commenting, “Well if he hadn’t been commiting a crime he would still be alive…” or “he should have just followed the officers’ orders!” or “people don’t understand the split decisions an officer has to make, its your responsibility to [not get killed]…”
Yes, those same people who just a couple of weeks ago wanted everyone to have a gun, will point to Alton Sterling having a gun as a reason for his death. They will swiftly cite the 2nd Amendment when “they’re going to take our guns away!”, but will be just as swift to say, “well he shouldn’t have had a gun on him”; just as swift to look right past the right to a trial in order to be convicted of a crime; the right to be served by the police; the right to not live in fear you might be the next “bad decision” or “threat to a police officer’s life” and find yourself dead.
If a black man needs to be arrested because he has broken the law or is resisting arrest, I want him to be taken into custody. Not killed on sight, because (fill in lame PR self defense spin here). If he is pulled over for a traffic violation, I want him to be given a ticket. If he is mentally unstable, I want him to be subdued in a non-fatal fashion. If he is threatening an officer’s life, I want the police to exhaust all other options before they make the decision to kill a man — especially an unarmed man.
The next time you get pulled over for speeding, take a moment to check and see if you feel any anxiety at all over the possibility that you may get shot to death. Some people experience this anytime they have an encounter with law enforcement.
Understand, there are people of all races who are outraged and this outrage will take many forms. Some will protest and cause havoc. Some will express their outrage with memes. Some will write words. Some will make videos. Some will reflect in silence. But people are mad. Anyone can come on here and do their damnedest to defend the officers or their actions. But most such arguments, no matter how well thought out, will fall on deaf ears. This can’t keep happening. it doesn’t make sense. And there is no way you can make it make sense. Please don’t try.