The ‘Most Innocent Victim’ Of Police Brutality

Look, I’m just going to get straight to the point, son. These are the situations that drive Black people INSANE, man! I swear, there isn’t a day that goes by where we aren’t reminded that our pain simply doesn’t matter. Keeping it a buck, the death of Justine Damond is a PERFECT snapshot of our country, fam. At the end of the day, police brutality doesn’t seem to matter until it happens to White people. Plain and simple.

Now, before I continue, let me make one thing clear: Damond deserves justice. This woman did absolutely NOTHING to warrant such a senseless death. All in all, she was trying to be a Good Samaritan, bruh. She called 911 to report a possible sexual assault and ended up dead. On the real, the situation is fucking ridiculous, man! Here’s another instance of a cop “fearing for their life” and an innocent person ending up deceased. Frankly, I’m not sure why cops even have guns if they’re always scared of everything.

In any case, I’m writing this post because of what Robert Bennett said. Now, Bennett is the lawyer that the Damond family hired to represent their slained loved one. So, when speaking about Justine, Bennett claimed that she is the “most innocent victim” of a police shooting that he’s ever seen. Really, man? Fucking really, man?! Wow, that’s got to be the BIGGEST slap in the face of EVERY Black victim of police violence!

So, was Philando Castile not innocent? He told the officer that he was a licensed gun owner and STILL got shot. Was Tamir Rice not innocent? He was a 12-year-old boy playing with a toy in the park. When the police arrived on the scene, he was dead in under ten seconds. Was Jordan Edwards not innocent? He was leaving a party and a cop shot him through the passenger side window with an AR-15. In addition, video showed that the authorities lied about the direction his vehicle was traveling. Shit, do I need to keep going, son?

Moving on, Bennett tried to justify his comments by bringing up the fact that Damond called the police for help. Well, what about Charleena Lyles, man? She was a pregnant woman with four children and she also called the cops for assistance. She wanted them to look into a possible burglary and she ended up dead too. So, what’s the justification for her murder, huh? Man, how DARE Bennett belittle the lives of SO MANY Black victims!

To add insult to injury, look at how fast the system is moving in Damond’s case. The Minneapolis police chief has already resigned and people are even calling for the mayor’s head. This type of outcry is NEVER present when the victim is a minority, man. Also, how come Blue Lives Matter hasn’t come to Mohamed Noor‘s aid yet? I mean, they can find a reason to justify EVERY police shooting, bruh. However; now that the victim is White and the officer is Black, this group has been freakishly silent. Good Lord, the hypocrisy makes my fucking blood boil, son!

In the end, my body literally aches right now, man. Like, all we want is for our killers to be brought to justice. That’s literally all we’re asking for, fam. By and by, the system seems to work just fine when the person is someone like Damond. Well, why won’t it ever work for us? Why can’t we be treated with the same level of respect, son? Ultimately, Bennett’s comments are proof that Black people are ALWAYS looked at as villains. In the eyes of our oppressors, we can never be innocent, bruh. *Sigh* LC out.

Police Never De-Escalate: The Story Of Charleena Lyles

*Sigh* I… *Sigh* Seriously, man? A pregnant woman? A 5’2″ mother of four who was carrying another child? The police really couldn’t find a way to de-escalate this situation? Honestly, what the fuck are they teaching cops in these academies, man? Like, I truly don’t understand why EVERY situation involving Black people ends with death. All in all, regardless of the story that the authorities will try to tell, Charleena Lyles should still be alive.

Now, before I continue, let me address the inevitable naysayers. I mean, regardless of the situation, there are always people who try to justify the actions of the police. So, yes, Lyles may have had mental issues. Yes, the police had a checkered history with her. Apparently, her apartment was flagged “hazard information” by the department. Anyway, yes, she may have been holding a knife when the cops entered her unit. In any case, with all of that being said, it doesn’t change the fact that she called them for help.

Look, the authorities went to Lyles’ apartment because SHE reached out to them. She contacted them about a potential burglary and was looking for some assistance. However; instead of treating her like a woman in need, the police automatically went there anticipating hostility. For example, the station sent two officers to her residence instead of one. As of now, the cops are claiming that they shot her because she was brandishing a knife. Apparently, according to their “training,” they don’t know any other methods of de-escalation.

My thing is, so what is she had a knife? Lest we forget, Lyles was reporting a burglary. Why wouldn’t a pregnant woman with four other children in the house arm herself for protection? In addition, even if the cops were scared, why couldn’t they use their tasers? I mean, why do officers even have them, fam? They never seem to use them in the appropriate situations. Listen, if they really thought this pregnant woman was a threat, they could’ve tased her and then figured out the best way to proceed. Instead, they treated her like a criminal in her own home and killed her in front of her kids.

Ultimately, I’m speechless, man. Like, this has to be one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice. In the end, no minority is safe from the wrath of the police department. By and by, it’s an incredibly hopeless feeling when we realize that literally ANYONE can be murdered. *Sigh* What the fuck are we supposed to do now, fam? I really don’t know what else to say. LC out.