In one of the stories below, the armed man walks free. In another story, the unarmed man who was in his apartment was shot 70+ times. One man was violent. One man was in his home minding his own damn business. Both men were reportedly mentally ill.
One man is dead. The other is alive. Which man survived; the white one or the Black one? I could give you three guesses but you would only need one. Here are the stories:
The family of a 26-year-old Atlanta man who was killed after police shot him 76 times has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officers involved.
In August of 2016, police broke down the door of Jamarion Robinson’s girlfriend’s home in Parkside Camp Creek Luxury Apartments and began spraying the interior of the apartment with bullets. Robinson was killed by multiple police task force officers from several different departments, including the U.S. Marshal Service.
On that fateful day in August, police were serving a warrant for Robinson’s arrest. Police claimed that during a previous confrontation, Robinson had fired a gun at officers. However, members of a local civil rights organization explained at a press conference on Wednesday that they didn’t know why police were looking for Robinson.
“At the time of the shooting, Jamarion Robinson presented no threat to the defendant officers or anyone else,” according to the lawsuit, filed in federal court.
The lawsuit claims that Robinson had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that the responding officers were never trained in dealing with the mentally ill.
It also accuses the U.S. Marshals involved with the task force of tampering with evidence by handcuffing Robinson at the apartment, after he was dead from his gunshot wounds, and throwing a flash grenade into the apartment.
The lawsuit claims the officers “conspired among and between themselves to unreasonably stop, seize, shoot and injure Jamarion Robinson in violation of his Constitutional rights, to destroy and fabricate evidence, to complete false, inaccurate and misleading reports, and to make false statements to superior officers in order to conceal their wrongdoing.”
Unidentified White Man Holding Black Man At Knifepoint
Charlottesville police were seen on video peacefully arresting a white suspect Friday night at the Downtown Mall who held an African-American man at knifepoint and threatened bystanders.
Officers arrested the unidentified man, who appeared to be mentally ill, for attempted malicious wounding, WVIR-TV reported.
A cellphone video from an eyewitness of the incident circulated on social media and went viral. It begins with the Black man on his hands and knees and the white suspect standing over him apparently holding a knife.
The suspect rambles on incoherently about people getting killed. At one point, he threatens a person who was recording the incident, as well as other bystanders.
When the police arrived, they calmly called the suspect “sir” and asked him to step aside before placing him in handcuffs.
The victim reportedly suffered a cut to his hand, but the violent assault could have ended much worse him.
The white Charlottesville suspect not only survived his encounter with the police, but he was reportedly admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Outrageous And Unacceptable Bias
Robinson’s shooting is similar to a shooting TFTP reported on that came at the end of a November 12, 2012 high-speed chase involving more than 100 officers and 62 police vehicles to go after Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The pursuit began when officers standing outside police headquarters mistook the sound of Russell’s backfiring Chevy Malibu for gunfire. When the car stopped outside city limits, officers opened fire — dumping more than 130 rounds into the couple — perforating Russell with 24 shots and Williams with 23.
The shooting lasted 19.3 seconds. For anyone who’s ever been to a shooting range or is familiar with firing weapons, 19.3 seconds would seem like an eternity as all those rounds were flying down range. To discount the malicious intent of these officers continuing to fire after the first few seconds is outright criminal.
Neither of the victims were armed, or suspected of anything more serious than traffic violations resulting from the pursuit.
In that case, all of the officers involved were reinstated.
Then there was the case of San Francisco police officers gunning down Mario Woods in 2015. The 26-year-old mentally ill man was suspected of stabbing someone when officers surrounded him. When Woods failed to drop the knife as ordered by the cops, they fired 26 rounds at him, even though cellphone videos showed that Woods was not directly threatening the officers as the cops claimed.
In another case, Sacramento police officers fired at 51-year-old Joseph Mann 18 times in 2016 after receiving reports of a man with a knife acting erratically.
The police video above shows Mann walking down the street making strange gestures when the cops at first tried to run him down with their police cruiser before shooting him.
Then there was Alfred Olango, who pointed a vaping device at officers when cops shot and killed him in 2016. And in April 2018, four officers — one in uniform, three in plainclothes — killed Saheed Vassell, 34, in a hail of 10 bullets on a Brooklyn sidewalk. The officers responded to calls about a Black man with a gun. But it turned out that Vassell, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was holding a pipe. No firearm was found at the scene.
In situations involving white suspects, the person is ‘mentally ill’. In situations involving Black men and women, the person is an ‘armed and dangerous suspect’. And it needs to stop.