Murder at Walmart
We have all heard the news regarding the Walmart shooting in which John Crawford, an African American man was walking around the store with a pellet gun that he retrieved from the store shelves. A customer called in to the police and reported that there was a man waving a gun in Walmart. The SWAT team responded in military gear and confronted the suspect with the alleged deadly weapon. Police report that they demanded the suspect put down the weapon, and he refused…and you know the rest.
Recent News in Walmart Murder
In recent headlines, and after the video was released to the family and their attorney, there is a different story being told. According to surveillance, the “suspect”, John Crawford, was actually leaning on the pellet gun like a cane while he was on his cell phone when confronted by SWAT. Before the “suspect” could turn around and state that the toy/pellet gun wasn’t real, he was gunned down in Walmart. This information was described by the family’s attorney, but the video has not been released to the public. Draw your own conclusions, I could care less.
Open Carry in Walmart…With No Murder!
Not long before this incident, there were 2nd Amendment activists taking part in their right to “open-carry” in Walmart. We have all seen the pictures of the idiots carrying around military weapons to purchase milk. Law enforcement was not notified of this event, and if they did, the SWAT team surely stayed at the precinct sipping hot coffee and eating day old donuts. There were also individuals participating in “open-carry” in restaurants, maybe the cook would ensure their meal was extra hot. The difference in these events, these were white men who were not harassed by the police not once. In contrast, you have an individual who grabbed a toy/pellet gun off the shelves in a store, and instead of considering “open-carry”, the cops only saw an African American male’s backside, a pellet gun, and a cell phone.
Covering the Bases: Black on Black Crime
African Americans are faced with adversity in certain communities in which Black and Brown people are taking each other’s lives daily. The communities are blanketed with criminal and drug activity that imprisons residents whose economic strife prevents mobilization. This is presented in this article as there is always that one person who states, “what about black on black crime?” There is a definite problem in communities where young men and women are not aware of the opportunities afforded others and turn to drugs and violence. This is a known problem, so thank you for the reminder in advance. This still does not justify the murder of this individual who basically was armed with a toy in Walmart.