John Crawford: Black Man Killed By Police in Walmart While Shopping for a BB Gun

Situational mismanagement by the police is becoming quite common place. It was just recently that Eric Garner was put in a choke hold over suspected loosie cigarette sales. Even before then, we had cases like Sean BellRodney King, and Oscar Grant. A strong connection between police and abused liberties is being formed. Thus, these mismanaged situations are becoming too commonplace.

Now, we have the case of John Crawford. This young man, at age 22, was gunned down in a Beavertown, OhioWalmart for carrying around a pellet gun. When customers in said Walmart saw him carrying the pellet, they quickly informed the authorities. After that, things get sketchy: some people say that he was aiming the gun at people while his girlfriend said that he wasn’t. Regardless, we have another man dead within unnecessary situational escalation.

The Problem With Police

We all know that “things could have went different”. We all know that he could have “put the weapon down” like the good officers asked him (if that was part of the problem). He could have not been pointing the gun at people (if that is part of the problem as well). He even could have responded faster while he was on the phone (which makes the situation odd). All it takes is “one choice” to create a different outcome.

Yet, here we are again: another [Black] man is killed by the police for escapable reasons. The oddest thing to me is how, no matter what, some people are going to justify the situation. It is done all the time (see Eric Garner being resistant of arrest). Yet, no one takes time to note that police are becoming more and more overzealous in their approach. Consequently, I’m not sure some police are here to “protect and serve” or “neglect andmurk”.


Story by Darcwonn  at Chocolate Covered Lies

The Response to Police

I’m not going to keep talking about this matter anymore. What I am going to do is put up some responses that actually demonstrate what my issues are with our society as it deals with Black people. In these days and times, the harmed black person is becoming the status quo. If it isn’t the status quo, it is the expectation. And that, my good people, is criminal.