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.