Unarmed. Teenager. Executed.
A sensitive, and controversial issue for all Americans today: justice. Leaving out his race, an unarmed teenager was shot 6 times, twice in the head, and killed by an armed and trained veteran police officer.
Ferguson police department, I get it. You want to protect your officer who clearly messed up. Just confess your actions, request forgiveness, and help a community heal. If the officer were in the right, defending himself as you claim, this entire ordeal would have happened much differently. The officer would not have fled the scene, and normal reports and procedures would have been followed.
Instead, the victim’s body laid in the street for over an hour. Instead, the victim’s parents are still trying to piece together information and find comfort and an apology from a police department - who have only worked hard to protect the shooter. Instead, the media has made every attempt to slander the victim’s character, to take away from the fact that he was executed. Instead, the FBI has to get involved because even they know something is unjust, and there is only one way to reach the truth to this awful situation.
Yes, there is a video that shows the victim being pushy with a store clerk and stealing cigars. Besides the fact that this was not the reason the officer stopped him, it furthered proved that he was in fact unarmed. If he were stopped for the robbery, and he and the officer struggled over the gun as they claimed, why didn’t he just end up in cuffs and in jail? Or if it was as necessary, officers are trained to shoot in the leg to injure versus kill, so they can then restrain. Or use the issued stun gun. Instead, the officer chose to shoot and shoot and shoot and shoot and shoot. Twice in the head? There is no justification for an unarmed man - teenager - to be shot twice in the head, unless your goal was death.
It’s sad that a young man’s life has ended so brutally. It’s sad that many saw the convenient store video, and immediately felt his execution was justified. It’s sad that a mother and father have lost their son, and have to hear and see a nation so divided. It’s sad that the officer nor his department have felt the need to apologize and help comfort a family during their loss.
Even worse, people who are protesting and looted out of anger, were “dealt with” using military force. Emotions caused these individuals to act hastily, yet they are wrong for reacting violently? Seems unfair that an emotional officer executed and ended a life, but nothing has happened to him to date, yet we are asked to be empathetic and consider his state. Yeah, okay.
For both parties in this unfortunate occurrence, the same has been said. Neither had a record or any complaints against them. So why is it okay for us to “forgive” the shooter for his clear past; however enforcing the idea that the victim is a “thug,” and deserved his execution? Come on America, do better.
The entire country should unite and mourn the loss of a young man’s life. We all should unite and request fair practice and justice across the board. Don’t miss the message or opportunity to unite. We need each other now more than ever. With multiple reports across the country recently of unarmed males dying during a police exchange, how do we move forward?
Pray for the victim’s parents and family. Pray for his soul to rest. Pray for all of us.