We Are the Target: Another Police Shooting
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Blog, Sean Shavers
Dec 17, 2010
On December 20, 2010 Oakland police officers, shot and killed a man they believed was involved in a high-speed chase and shooting. Undercover officers spotted a car, that they believed was involved in a totally unrelated shooting, and pursued the vehicle. The suspects drove off, taking officers on a high-speed chase. Which resulted in a man’s death and two suspects being apprehended.
The thing that bothers me is the lack of concern for people’s lives. When will officers learn that a badge does not give them the right to kill folks. No matter what anyone's done, it is not ok to take someone’s life.
When I read this, not once did they mention the motive behind the shooting. Like, why did the officers actually kill this human being. The news media and the police report both say, that the suspects ran from law enforcement. So, what gave O.P.D. that right?
Police say the men were armed and after further investigation, they found a handgun and an assault rifle. Police also say, they found the weapon on the suspect and that's why he was killed. But not once, did the suspect aim or shoot at police. So how did they know he had a gun in the first place? In my opinion, I think police used an opportunity to kill someone.
There's been six officer related shootings this year, and four resulted in death. So this sounds like officers are just targeting minorities, and males of color and using them for target practice. I just wonder how this will play out in court, or if it’ll even go to court, seeing as how Johannes Mesherle got away scot-free.
In my earlier blogs, I had taken sides with the police, but now I can see whose at fault. Even though people do wrong, they are still given the gift of life and no man has the right to take it away. Whether these men were cold-hearted murders, they still don’t deserve to be eliminated. That's why we have judges
and prosecutors: to serve justice for the innocent, as well as the guilty.
-- Sean Shavers
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