The recent theft that occurred at the Safeway store by the two young men, who were shot while trying to evade apprehension, brings about a community indignation at the brutality of another black male shot by a white policeman. But, this is simply not the case, if all factors are observed with the candor due.
First, a theft occurred and a 911 call was made. What was stolen is immaterial (hairpins, meatloaf, meds, beer ... stolen is the factor here). Second, a description, complete and accurate was given, corroborated by a video camera of the incident. Third, a police officer answered the 911 call and attempted to apprehend the suspects, both young black men. The young men attempted to evade the police officer, and confronted him (published radio call conversation) apparently violently.
Should these men enjoy impunity for stealing because they are black? Should anyone, least of all a prosecutor, attempt to predispose the climate of thought in a community, while vilifying a police officer attempting to apprehend two alleged suspects? “Oh, it was only a case of beer?”
This community had best take a look at all of the facts before reacting like a mob. Theft, with impunity, only occurs in Congress, not in Olympia!
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George C. Williams