The proliferation of videos of police killing black men isn’t making police more cautious about using deadly force. Their racist approach to policing the back and minority communities is leading to a bloody massacre.
Deadly force should only be used as a last resort and only in defense of life, not property. This common-sense approach to law enforcement would prevent the homicides of people of color.
Today six unarmed black children and teenagers we’re held at gunpoint by Clayton County Police officers in Georgia.
Bystanders who witnessed law enforcement officers hold at least five black children at gunpoint while they were walking through a neighborhood were in a complete panic screaming at the officers, ‘They are babies!”
Video of the incident, which was said to have occurred on Monday, was shared on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses of the event were quoted as saying …
“Today in Clayton County, GA, an officer decided to pull his gun out on five black teenagers about 13-15 yrs old for going through the neighborhood cut to the store.” “I’m assuming he thought they were robbing a house, huh? Wake up people shit is sad. It’s a cut in every hood.”
The video shows six children standing with their hands up as officers give them commands. At least five of the children were said to be black. You can hear a won witnessing the event
“They can’t. Come on now. Please! Please, sir, they’re kids.”
The woman then asks…
“Why do you have a gun?”
The officer replies.
“I have to check them for myself.”
The woman implores.
“But why do you have a gun?”
“They are kids. What are they doing? What did they do wrong?”
The women yells as the officers frisk the kids…
“This is too much!” “They are babies!
As the video continues, the officers seem to warn the kids about cutting through the neighborhood. Apparently, walking through the wrong neighborhood while black is a felony in Georgia?
In a statement on Tuesday, the Clayton County Police Department suggested that officer body camera footage would help to clarify the incident.
“The Clayton County Police Department leadership is aware of the incident and the video that is on social media involving what appear to be young teenagers,” the statement said. “What everyone is seeing is a small portion of the entire incident.”
The department said that it would release body camera video as well as audio of the 911 call that prompted the dispatch of officers. The Clayton County Police Department is likely to face a civil rights lawsuit. Holding children by gunpoint that have not committed a crime for walking through the wrong neighborhood demonstrates that police department’s racist policies.
Sooner or later, this approach to policing is going to end with unarmed, innocent children or teens been shot to death by one or more of the officers on their force and a frightful explosion of rage by citizens of Georgia.