Why Did a Black Man Get Shot and Killed by Police in Walmart for Carrying an Unloaded Air Rifle in an Open Carry State?
On Wednesday, prosecutors released security footage from the Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart where 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police on August 5. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Sean Williams, the officer who killed Crawford. This all seems depressingly normal: A black man is dead for little or no reason, everyone agrees it’s a very, very sad thing, and you can’t help but think that he wouldn’t be dead if he were white.
The August 5 incident began when Crawford picked up an air rifle in the store and aimlessly fiddled with it as he spoke on a cell phone to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him, police officers Sean Williams David M. Darkow were on the scene after responding to a call from a man named Ronald Ritchie, who told 9-1-1 a black man was waving a gun and pointing it at children. The full surveillance footage does not match up with that account, and Ritchie has now changed his story. The final two minutes of footage show Crawford being seemingly unaware that police were there, as he chats on his phone. And police in turn gave him no time at all to drop the rifle before shooting. Crawford’s last words—heard over the phone by his girlfriend—were “It’s not real!”
Currently, Crawford’s death is being treated as a tragedy by the authorities, but a mostly unavoidable one. According to the grand jury the cops responded appropriately considering what they heard from dispatch—who, Williams’s report says, told them that Crawford was waving around a real gun. Even if Crawford failed to obey their “repeated commands” to drop the weapon, however, the surveillance footage shows that he didn’t have any time to do so before the cops opened up.
This is so important yet it has so few notes
The Taliban those snipers pissed on had hung the arms and legs of a marine, that was blown apart by an IED, in a tree. The things the media doesn’t tell…Fuck those pieces of shit, they deserved more than just being pissed on.
Hey remember when those 3 American contractors were killed, burned, and hung on a bridge in Iraq?
Remember after the Battle of Mogadishu how the Somalians dragged the dismembered bodies of the Delta operators through the streets?
Here you go everybody, what the media won’t show you.
Four men, had their beaten, burned, tortured, and murdered bodies hung by a bridge, while everybody in town celebrated. You know what those men were doing? Guarding a convoy delivering aid supplies to people who needed them. I guess nobody remembers the British Army soldier who got separated from his squad at night, when they found his dead body in the morning, the Taliban left him naked when they took everything off of it. Remember Marine A, who killed the Taliban member after they found him injured? He went to jail because they were supposed to give him aid, I wonder if the Taliban would have done the same thing for Marine A if he had been shot. This isn’t racism, this isn’t religious hate, this is fucking war. Now get that stick out of your arse, wake the fuck up, and get your nose out of matters you don’t understand.
War always has and always will be the most disgusting spectacle of just how fucked up we are as a species. Itll never go away. Itll always be around.
And there will always be those who bitch and whine and cry about it while never actually having to be involved with it.