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Just ...shoot him in the arm
by Thanos Kalamidas
2018-04-01 11:05:54
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Stephon Clark was shot and killed on the evening of March 18, 2018, by two officers of the Sacramento Police Department in Sacramento, California, United States. The officers were looking for a suspect who was breaking windows in the Meadowview neighbourhood, and confronted Clark, a 22-year old African-American man whom they found on his grandmother's front lawn. The officers stated that they shot Clark, firing 20 rounds, after believing that he had pointed a gun at them. After the shooting, Clark was found to be unarmed, having only a cell phone. According to an independent autopsy, Clark was shot eight times including six times in the back. All lethal.

step01_400Like millions others from all around the world, I watched the news report and the videos in shock and not able to believe that a young man could have been shot by the police on his grandma’s lawn. And like million others – at least I hope it was millions – I felt the horror many of the African American families feel for their younger members. After all Stephon Clark  was not the first one, not even the second or the hundredth, we actually losing count of African American boys and girls losing their lives by policemen who despite all excuses, actually racially profiled them.

All this is well documented, often written and every new death adds to the anger the African American community or any dignified human being feels. And then of course you the racial divisions don’t end with a dead youth but continue with the “punished” officers. When it comes to black ones and especially when the victim is white the sentence is life, if they are lucky. That’s whilst their white counterparts, worst case scenario, they will get a couple of years detention and after back to work, carrying a gun enforcing …their law and order.

But the devastating reality hits you only when you hear Stephon Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thompson – the one the murdered man was on her lawn – words when she spoke to the media:

“Why didn't you just shoot him in the arm, shoot him in the leg, send the dogs, send a Taser. Why? Why? Y'all didn't have to do that? Why didn't you just shoot him in the arm, shoot him in the leg, send the dogs, send a Taser. Why? Why? Y'all didn't have to do that”

The woman said: “Why didn't you just shoot him in the arm, shoot him in the leg?” and she’s talking to the policemen about her grandson. She’s beyond seen the fairness of her innocent grandson been murdered by police officers on her lawn and she’s asking why they didn’t …just shoot him in the arm or the leg.

I find so had to comprehend he words. My kid, my grandkid will out in my lawn and I will expect the police to shoot him being thankful that they will shoot him only in the arm or the leg instead of killing him.

This is not about fairness, democracy, police brutality, Donald Trump, racism and I’m not sure what else, this is about cannibalism, inhuman barbarism that has brought its victims to such a pace so they prefer to see their children wounded than dead despite the fact that nothing like that should have happened.

If that scene, these words, these grandmother’s word were not enough to move Americans, realize what’s wrong with all of them and decide to do something here and now, then I’m sorry to say but …America is doomed, doesn't matter who's the president!

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