The shooting of Greg Gunn has had a special impact on me. Not just because he was a black male and lived in Alabama as I do but because his circumstances are similar to Trayvon Martin’s circumstances.
|Gregory Gunn||Trayvon Martin|
|Walking home||Walking home|
|Claimed to look suspicious||Claimed to look suspicious|
|Ran to get away||Ran to get away|
|Yelled for help||Yelled for help|
|Killed near home||Killed near residence|
|Was in fear for his life||Was in fear for his life|
This brings up some painful feelings for me. We cannot state with absolute certainty that the officer killed Greg Gunn because he was black. However, we can say with certainty that Greg Gunn was in fear for his life and not an immediate threat to the approaching police as he yelled for his 87 year-old mother to come open the door while he banged on her window and was shot dead!
Gunn’s brother made some excellent points to help reduce the killings of unarmed black males. He asked that police who know the people in the community patrol the community. They will better know who looks suspicious or not.
This would be a perfect opportunity to train more black males living in that community to become patrolman for their own communities.