You might remember that just a few days ago a young black man was killed by a white police officer for allegedly doing nothing more than holding a sandwich. The victim’s name was Vonderrit Myers, jr. His family talked about what a kind, normal kid he was. They said he didn’t even own a gun.
St. Louis protestors immediately took up the cause, and that night they proceeded to do damage to property and police cars in defense of this fine young man tragically cut down for “no reason” other than that he is black.
Then the facts began to roll out. Vonderrit Myers, jr. was under house arrest for a pending trial. The incident in question involved him fleeing police and throwing a gun in a sewer. He fled the police because he had three bench warrants out for his arrest.
Around this time Vonderrit, the young man who “never owned a gun”, had posted a picture of himself on social media posing with three guns in his lap. It showed up in my Facebook feed when Keith Mann shared the picture. One of these guns was recovered at the scene where Vonderrit was slain. Note that it was not a sandwich.
The point I would like to make is that if you are going to protest and riot over an “unjust” slaying and accuse the police of lying, make sure that it actually was unjust. Are these protestors going to apologize and pay for the damage they caused? Will they even pay attention to the facts?
I believe there is plenty of merit in the idea of making sure that the police do not harass people based on the color of their skin. But you have to be careful about the examples you use to try to demonstrate your case.