No Justice For Terence Crutcher

*Sigh* I’m devastated right now, man. Like, I’m having a hard time even putting my thoughts into words, fam. I mean, I don’t know what’s worse; the fact that Betty Shelby got away with murdering Terence Crutcher or the fact that I’m not even shocked by the verdict. Bruh, the jury couldn’t even convict her of manslaughter? Manslaughter?! A man was shot after his car broke down and his killer couldn’t even get the minimum charge? Honestly, why would Black people EVER trust in the injustice system, son?

Now, I could write an entire dissertation here, but what’s the point, man? What’s the fucking point anymore? All I know is, the cycle never ends. My people die and America doesn’t give a shit. The worse part is, America doesn’t even pretend to give a shit either. Look, Shelby’s lawyer said she was “elated” that she got off. Shit, this woman took a human being’s life and she couldn’t give a single fuck, bruh. At this point, I’m freakishly calm because I don’t know how to properly channel my rage. All in all, I just want to say Rest In Peace to Terence Crutcher.

Ultimately, I have nothing else to say, man. Fuck this shit. LC out.

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The Character Assassination Of Black Murder Victims

Here we go again. Here we fucking go again, man. Right on schedule, here come the authorities with their latest attempt to murder a Black homicide victim for the second time. First, they kill us with their bullets and then they kill us with their accusations. I guess it’s not enough to just destroy us physically. Naaaah, they also need to destroy our image and disgrace our memory. Well, all I know is, I’m fucking tired of the character assassination of our Black murder victims.

So, while I’ve already spoken about the unjustified shooting of Terence Crutcher, I now want to talk about the latest “developments” from the police. Now, I put “developments” in quotations because it’s a FACT the police have a habit of lying about case details. Don’t believe me? Just look up the police report about Crutcher’s death and compare that to what we all saw on the video. Their words say he was non-compliant while our eyes see a man with his hands up. If that’s not enough, how about the recently unearthed video of a St. Louis cop planting a gun on a man he just killed? This happened back in 2011, man. That’s five years of that police department lying about what happened to that victim. With that being said, I treat police reports like the Boy Who Cried Wolf. The only difference is, the boy in this situation gets to keep on lying with impunity.

In any case, the latest news from the police is that they found PCP in Crutcher’s car. From what I can gather, this tidbit is supposed to give credence to Officer Betty Shelby’s story that Crutcher was “on something” and disobeying orders. Man, you can miss me with ALL of that fuck shit, son! Let’s be really clear here, bro. The cops are only bringing up the idea of PCP as a way to justify the shooting of this unarmed man. We already know he was unarmed because the police chief said that on the FIRST DAMN DAY! Now, here’s the REAL problem with this tactic: WE ALL SAW THE FUCKING VIDEO, MAN! Regardless of whatever tall tale the cops try to spin about his demeanor or behavior, there are MULTIPLE camera angles showing him with his hands up. So, in the end, all of their fairy tales don’t matter. A man can’t be a threat if his hands are in the air. Period.

Time after time after time we have to deal with the denigration our people. In addition to the claims of PCP, I’ve seen articles about how Crutcher had a run-in with the law in 1996 and also had traffic violations. Is that enough of a reason to shoot an unarmed man? Once again, detractors try to distract us from the facts in an effort to dehumanize someone who can’t defend themselves. I’ve seen the same thing done to Alton Sterling, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and countless others. They dig in peoples’ pasts to try and sully their names. This way, naysayers can rationalize the blood on the ground. They attempted to do the same thing to Philando Castile with news of his marijuana smoking, but his school community wouldn’t allow it. They admirably came to his defense.

All in all, devaluing Black lives has been standard protocol in this nation since its inception. From slavery to Jim Crow to blackface, it has always been a common practice to negatively depict Black people. It makes the narrative of why they “had” to kill us that much easier to explain. With that being said, I guess the cops really are just doing their jobs. That is all.

Terence Crutcher’s Death Makes Me Mad As F*CK!

In all honesty, I CANNOT contain my anger today. To be real, I’ve been pissed off since last night. As soon as I heard about the shooting of Terence Crutcher, I wanted to break something or someone’s face. WHEN WILL THIS BULLSHIT STOP, MAN! Crutcher is now ANOTHER unarmed Black man killed by the police for NO FUCKING REASON! At this point, I DARE anyone to watch the video of Crutcher’s death and tell me we don’t have a problem with reckless law enforcement. Enough of the damn excuses, son. Something, anything, has to be done. Now!

So, this past Friday, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Terence Crutcher, a pastor, was leaving class at Tulsa Community College. While on the road, his SUV broke down. Around the same time, cops were notified of an abandoned vehicle blocking the road. When they arrived on the scene, instead of helping a man who was having car trouble, the officers treated him like a criminal. How do I know that? Because they can be heard on their dashboard cameras calling him a “bad dude” and alleging he was on some type of substance. To make matters worse, after apparently needing two cop cars and a helicopter to confront him, one of the overseers, excuse me officers, tased Crutcher while another shot him in the back.

Look, I’m literally so angry, I’m having a hard time getting all of my thoughts out. Black people can’t do anything in this fucking country! We can’t even have car problems, man! The job of the police department is to protect the citizens and all they do is treat us like moving targets. Not only did they kill a man who CLEARY had his hands up, but leading up to the fateful shooting, they made a whole bunch of false assumptions about him. Just by looking at him, they determined he was a bad guy who was possibly on drugs. In addition, on the recordings, the officers can be overhead saying he wasn’t compliant. What the fuck does he have to be compliant for?! He wasn’t breaking any laws! His fucking car broke down, man! Also, miss me with that compliance bullshit, son. If anyone actually listens to the voice on the helicopter video, they’ll hear an officer saying he had his hands up. Why don’t these murderers do their REAL job and actually help someone?! Furthermore, why don’t these officers PAY THE PRICE for being killers? Paid administrative leave? Fuck that, son! Throw these cops under the jail!

All I know is, I don’t want to hear ANYONE tell me about “good cops.” At this point, I don’t believe “good cops” exist. Why do I say that? Because when their fellow officers murder people in COLD BLOOD, these same “good cops” say absolutely nothing. Honestly, I want someone to explain to me how Ahmad Khan Rahami, a bombing suspect, can be captured ALIVE after a GUNFIGHT, but an innocent Black motorist can be shot dead in the street. Clearly, police officers know how to deescalate situations. They just choose not to when it comes to Black bodies. Fuck the police. Fuck every last one of them, son. And if anyone sympathizes with these executioners, fuck them too. That’s all.