Once again, we have a community rush to judgment in the absence of a full investigation of facts and evidence regarding a police shooting. However, despite police saying they have corroborating video footage of the alleged suspect running towards officers with a gun and will release it, Black Lives Matter and members of the community fanned emotions and took to the streets in protest.
The Hill reports – Raleigh, North Carolina Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. A firearm was found near the 26-year old suspect who was transported to Wake Med. As is standard protocol, the SBI is investigating. According to a statement issued by the Raleigh Police Department, police officers responded to a call of a man with a gun at 6:40 pm. Officers reportedly saw a civilian who matched the description, later identified as 26-year-old Javier Torres. Torres allegedly fled the scene once officers arrived, prompting officers to chase after him on foot. Raleigh officers told Torres to halt and drop the gun, and one of the officers shot Torres once, wounding him.
CBS News reports – At first, the angry crowd went to the police chief’s home seeking answers. A large crowd later appeared in downtown Raleigh and marched through various streets, blocking them and chanting. Demonstrators took a U.S. flag from the Governor’s Mansion and later burned it. Some carried signs saying, “Whose streets? Our streets!” The typical chant used by Black Lives Matters. See the photo from CBS News:
“The officer initially asked Mr. Torres to stop,” Raleigh police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said. She goes on to “blame misinformation” for the resulting protests and said the media were partially responsible. She continued, “To our media, you’ve gotta be partners to giving accurate and timely information and that’s not happening like it should.” See the video here:
It appears the media is complicit once again in not calling for calm in light of another police shooting which is Similar to Ferguson, Baltimore and more recently the Charlotte, North Carolina incident involving Keith Lamont Scott. Media according to Police Chief, Cassandra Deck-Brown, played a significant role in fostering public discontent by circulating rumors, innuendo, and outright untruths. However, she called for full transparency, the release of body cam as well as allowing community members to peacefully express concerns.
To be clear the mob sought justice at the residence of the police chief as well as the governor (at the governor’s mansion). Is this how we seek redress of grievances now from the government? Roving mobs across our cities in search of our community officials. One wonders what would happen if, in fact, they had broken through security what they would have done. What does this teach people? Was the mob looking for justice or revenge? Then, of course, burning the American flag, which is emblematic of the hatred they have for our country.