KING: In the past 5 days, 3 white men shot 6 cops and 3 other white men are on trial for violence against African Americans
- Officer Ray Tensing is currently on trial for the murder of the unarmed motorist Sam Dubose, who was shot and killed by Tensing during a routine traffic stop in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- As the trial began, it was recently revealed that Officer Tensing was wearing a Confederate Flag T-shirt under his uniform.
- In a span of five days, three white men shot at least six different officers.
- KING: In the past 5 days, 3 white men shot 6 cops and 3 other white men are on trial for violence against African Americans
- The majority of people who shoot and kill police in this country are white men.
While the racist stereotype of American violence continues to be a young black man in a hoodie, the reality on the ground is much different.
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In the past 5 days, 3 white men have shot 6 different police officers. All 3 are still alive right now.
Over this past week, more than any week I can ever remember, the United States is having to face its true demons with white violence, white supremacy and police brutality. While the racist stereotype of American violence continues to be that of a young black man in a hoodie, the reality on the ground simply looks so much different.
Two Iowa police officers were killed early Wednesday in a pair of ambush-style murders. Before the suspect was identified, some people rushed to social media to blame the Black Lives Matter movement. The accused killer turned out to be a Confederate-flag-waving supporter of Donald Trump, white man named Scott Michael Greene. Just a few weeks prior to the shooting, Greene had proudly placed a Trump placard in his front yard. A week before that, he was kicked out of a local high school football game for waving a Confederate flag in the face of black fans.
On Friday, two more police officers were shot outside of St. Louis, Mo. by a 52-year-old white man named Noel Kuebler, Jr. after an armed standoff at the mobile home park where he lived. Unlike the shooting in Iowa, both officers survived.
On Sunday evening in rural Georgia, it happened again. Another angry white man ambushed law enforcement officers. Ralph Elrod, seeing and hearing his black neighbors ride around on 4-wheelers, reportedly decided to leave the house and threaten to kill them. When the neighbors called authorities, Elrod fatally shot one deputy and seriously wounded another, officials said.
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In a span of five days, three white men shot at least six different officers. Beyond their whiteness, each shooter has one clear thing in common—they are still alive. That’s wild to me because unarmed African-Americans are far too often shot and killed by police because those officers claimed they feared for their safety. But all three of these suspects are still alive to face charges despite having fired their weapons at police.
The majority of people who shoot and kill police in this country are white men. We’ve crossed the threshold where blaming Black Lives Matter or President Obama for the violence faced by police in this country is about as ridiculous as letting a pedophile host a sleepover with your teenage daughters.
In addition to these three horrific shootings, three different trials and court hearings are being held this week for white men who shot and killed unarmed, non-violent black folk in Ohio and South Carolina.
Monday was supposed to be the first day of jury selection in the trial of the white supremacist Dylann Roof — who was charged with fatally shooting nine African-Americans at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. last year. Instead, it was delayed while the judge considers a motion filed by the defense team, causing everyone who is following the case a great deal of anxiety. This shooting was the deadliest hate crime against African Americans in over 75 years — surpassing any single incident of the entire Civil Rights Movement.
Meanwhile, the trial of Officer Michael Slager, who repeatedly shot Walter Scott in the back and killed him, is also underway right up the road in North Charleston, S.C. Few cases appear to be as cut and dry as this one. A bystander filmed it, Scott was unarmed, and we clearly witness Slager repeatedly shooting him in the back. Cases that appear to be cut and dry, with a white police officer and a black victim, are never quite what they seem, though. Of all the cases of police violence against unarmed African-Americans, none seem to be as winnable as this one.
Lastly, Officer Ray Tensing is currently on trial for the murder of the unarmed motorist Sam Dubose, who was shot and killed by Tensing during a routine traffic stop in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dubose, who wasn’t speeding or swerving, was allegedly pulled over because his vehicle didn’t have a license plate on the front of the car. It was properly registered and had the plate in the back. Frankly, it seemed like a classic case of racial profiling. Within 90 seconds of being pulled over, Tensing shot and killed Dubose and concocted a fanciful story on why it all happened. Thankfully, the body cameras wildly contradict his story. As the trial began, it was recently revealed that Officer Tensing was wearing a Confederate Flag T-shirt under his uniform.
That means that in at least three of these six cases (the Iowa police shootings, the case of Dylann Roof and the murder of Sam Dubose) the perpetrators of the violence each had an affinity for the Confederate flag. It’s troubling to say the least.