The Jason Stokley and Anthony Lamar Smith Controversy

Certainly unarmed black male homicides can be justified. So, I do not allow the words “unarmed black male” to lead me into thinking a cop did not have the right to shoot the person. I need to look at the facts before I can render any judgement. The facts and evidence are not based on race. I suggest we all do this and not automatically become alarmed just because the word “unarmed black male” is used and then jump to any conclusions.

In some cases, it does appear to be a definite bias and cover-up of an unjustified homicide or a murder.  Download a free pdf copy of my book,  Accessories After the Fact: The Trayvon Martin Murder Cover-Up, which is the George Zimmerman case that initiated the focus on obstruction of justice by police and the killing of unarmed black males.   [Download not found]

It also appears to be an unjustified homicide cover-up in the Jason Stockley killing of Anthony Lamar Smith as well.  Why?

  • Prosecutors allege Stockley said he would kill Smith about a minute before he shot Smith.
  • The cops pulled Smith’s body from the car.  This is contamination of a crime scene.  They did not render any aid to Smith or try to resuscitate Smith either.
  • After killing Smith, Stockley returned to his car, looked for something, went to the car Smith drove, and sat in his car seat.  This is highly unusual behavior.  In fact, it is contamination of a crime.  Thus, his behavior appears to support the claim that Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car, especially since the gun only had Stockley’s DNA on it.

White Cop Cleared in Death of Black Man

What Will It Take to Reduce Unjustified Homicides and Murder Cover-Ups?  The attitudes of those who control the criminal justice system must change into a belief that all races should be treated justly and then provide punishment to those who attempt to cover-up the unjustified homicide or a murder.  This also means exposing the alleged cover-ups despite what a prosecutor, judge, or jury decides.  Society must be will to no longer sweep a painful event under the rug just because it generates so many different emotions.  Until we face our problems, we cannot solve them.  The Trayvon Martin killing remains an unsolved problem.

I believe in forty years at the maximum the current attitude will change to one of just treatment of all races.  The old guard is finally dying out, more alleged cover-ups are getting national news attention, and many of the youth of today do not discriminate based on color.

How are criminals often viewed compared to police? This may sound unfair, and life is not fair, but many times a judgment will be made as to the value of a life and in many times the police officer’s life will be valued more than a criminal’s simply because the officer is viewed as a contributing member to society who risks his life every second he is out in the streets.

On the other hand, a criminal who is dealing drugs is considered a menace to society and there is not much empathy for him. I will not say this is the case here. I will only say it appears to be. Why?

• Only the officer’s prints were on the gun found inside the car.
• It is claimed the officer said he will kill the criminal a minute before he shot him ( and a tape may be played showing this).
• A jury trial was waived.

The main reason a jury trial is waived in a murder trial is because the odds are stacked against the defendant being found not guilty given the above facts if a fair jury trial is held.  Waiving a jury was a smart move in this case.

Impact of Expert Opinion – Often an expert will be called to testify whose testimony can be a defining factor in the outcome of the case. The defense team will not hire an expert who will not say what they do not want him to say! Here lies the rub. In this sense, the prosecution needs to hire an expert who will say what he wants him to say.

If it were left to a fair jury and the prosecutor argued effectively that it was murder, the outcome most likely would be a guilty verdict given because

• Only the officer’s prints were on the gun found inside of the car.
• It is claimed the officer said he will kill the criminal a minute before he shot him ( and a tape may be played showing this).

Do protests change the outcome of a verdict? NO! It would be an admission that the judgement rendered was flawed and would call into question the ability of law enforcers to administer justice. Plus, they do not want to change a verdict just because people are protesting it.

What good does a peaceful protest do? It allows those who were affected to physically express their hurt and anger in a peaceful matter and it garners some attention to what occurred. The law enforcers know this so they allow peaceful protest. Eventually, the peaceful protesting will die out as people return to their daily lives. Thus, it is a waiting game.

Do protests reduce obstruction of justice? I would have to say no from what I have observed. However, it may cause law enforcers to change tactics to carry out obstruction of justice.  Simply protesting is not enough incentive for law enforcers to stop obstructing justice. Besides, they would have to acknowledge they were taking illegal action and that is even less likely to happen.

Is protester violence effective? First, I do not advocate violence, but I will say sometimes violence is needed in certain situations if all other methods have failed. It can be effective if done strategically. The people obstructing and preventing justice must suffer unfortunate consequences because of their obstruction. Otherwise, what incentive is there to change.

However, non-violent strategies can be used as well to show those who would obstruct justice that it would not be in their best interest to do so. I have noticed that the infliction of pain in one form or another is the fastest way to bring about change. I said the fastest not necessarily the ideal.

The Judge’s Role When Jury Trial Is Waived – A judge is expected to be impartial and base his decision only on the facts of the case. We know that this does not always occur. Thus, to remedy this, a solution must be found.

Did President Obama help young black males while in office? He helped, but not in the way most needed.  I believe if this murder cover-up had been exposed nationally and followed through until needed change occurred, society would be a lot farther along in achieving equality and requiring greater accountability in law enforcement. Unfortunately, President Obama closed this can of worms by saying the jury has spoken. He also said change must come gradually.  According to who Obama?

I don’t care if the jury has spoken!  If the prosecutor obstructed justice, it is unfair to the jurors and the American people who put their trust in the criminal justice system. When that trust is violated, law enforcers must be held accountable or we must stop trusting them!

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The Failure of Black Lives Matter and What You Can Do Now

Let me state up front:

Nothing good comes from:

  • Insulting people, especially police officers.
  • Bullying, including snatching microphones from those who are sympathetic to your cause.
  • Chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry’em like bacon.
  • Causing disruption and destruction

It began with a major media reporting of a shooting of a young, black male named Trayvon Martin by a non-black, middle-aged man named George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman who wanted to become a cop but was rejected.  After the shooting, police refused to arrest Zimmerman claiming self-defense that was never supported by the facts. This resulted in law enforcers including the police and the prosecutors covering up the first degree murder of Trayvon Martin.  See Trayvon Martin murder cover-up.  Thus, any remaining trust blacks had in the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and specifically police was destroyed.

From one young black male, the issue became about all young, black males.  If the Trayvon Martin family had continued to speak out against the injustice for their son given the murder cover-up, despite those controlling their actions and Obama trying to shut them and everyone else up, then a concerted, organized, and strategic effort of those outraged by this injustice could be used to require law enforcement to finally tell the truth and do the right thing.  The Black Lives Matter movement was created as a result of this injustice, but it failed to follow through with this specific incident which would have made the outcome of future incidents have a better outcome since law enforcement would have been put on notice with concrete facts proving a murder cover-up!  In other words, if you fail to check a person, the person believes he can get away with what he is doing.

At the time of the incident in 2012, now President Donald Trump said Zimmerman should have never followed Trayvon Martin. He also said if a camera had been at the right spot, we would know what really happened.  Well my response to Mr. Trump is that a camera was at the right spot in the form of facts, science, reasoning, and common sense.  The problem is that he, like the rest of America, was never told those facts.  Logical deduction is strongly at play here. He didn’t know that then and I think he does not know that now. What if the President found out now?  This would be an excellent opportunity for him to show a caring for the black community.  To automatically assume he would not, is self-defeat. I have informed black leaders of the untold facts and the cover-up of a murder. They did nothing.  The best case scenario is that Trump takes action while “our” black leaders refuse to do so.  Tell him an see what happens. There is nothing to lose, but there is potential for gain.   This is also another opportunity for black leaders to take the action they failed to take in 2013.  They must have the spirit and determination of our elders and ancestors  who were willing to sacrifice their lives during the civil rights movement to be seen and treated like equals.  See Trayvon Martin murder cover-up.  I will also do a YouTube video which will go over the contents in my book.

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My Breast Cancer Journey Part One

Early last year, I was diagnosed with invasive triple negative breast cancer which is a very aggressive form of breast cancer. I am currently undergoing treatment. I want to share my breast cancer journey since someone who shared their journey greatly helped me. I am doing this especially for African-American women whom I think can better relate to someone who looks just like them and share the same culture.

My Breast Cancer Journey Part 1


Republicans Don’t Be Anti-Christs

A Message to Republicans in the Name of the Bible Old and New Testament:
Duty to Help Those You Were Selected to Represent:

You Are Your Brothers’ Keeper

Seventy to eighty percent of the American population identify as Christian. Republicans whom claim to be Christian betray Christian values since their moral directives contradict what the New Testament says.  By Republicans seeking to gut Medicare and Social Security which help the retired, elderly, sick, mentally ill, and children survive, the Republicans are in direct opposition to God and Jesus Christ (the Judeo-Christian religion) which it claims to believe in.

There are ways to save both programs with no decrease in benefits for the next 75 years!  The Republicans know this. Taking the Judeo-Christian path is a true road of compassion and growing in Christ. This is the true role where being one’s brother keeper is needed when the power lies in your vote to do so.  In your elected role, you are your brothers’ keepers. The challenge is to show this through action instead of using false statements to hide and ignore the facts when it goes against your agenda. If you continue along these lines then, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

God does not lie to his children but cares for them. Man should not lie to those he is charged to represent and care for or else he is a betrayer and liar unlike God.  Republicans become an anti-christ in word and deed.

One of the many key distinguishing factors about Christians is that they are compassionate just as Jesus was compassionate. The definition of compassion is in English: “a feeling of deep sympathy or sorrow for another who is stricken with misfortune, accompanied by the strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”

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What does the Bible says about about helping others:

  • Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
  • Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
  • Matthew 14:14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
    Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
  • John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…”
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
  • Colossians 3:12-13  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another,  forgiving each other;  as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
    Zechariah 7:10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner,  or the poor, and  let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.
  • Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
  • 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy,  brotherly love,  a tender heart, and  a humble mind.
  • James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
  • 1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
  • 1 John 4:19-20 We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
  • Acts 20:35-38 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
  • Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
  • Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


Gina McGill

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Black Leaders Didn’t Value Black Lives Enough


BLACK LEADERS FAILED BLACK PEOPLE YET AGAIN! Black Lives Matter failed black people. When former President Barack Obama and former attorney general Eric Holder were in office at the same time, this was the greatest opportunity for blacks to make the most criminal justice progress. However, both Obama and Holder failed black people by failing to fulfill their promise to the American people to determine and reveal the truth of what happened to Trayvon Martin. His killing launched the Black Lives Matter movement, yet Trayvon Martin was abandoned once George Zimmerman was found not guilty. They did this even though they had enough evidence to call law enforcers to the carpet on covering up Trayvon Martin’s first degree murder.

As the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger, its leaders intentionally ignored information showing that Trayvon Martin’s death was a first degree murder and that law enforcers covered it up! Black leaders like Al Sharpton also ignored the evidence! This information is the smoking gun they needed to take the movement forward quickly and convince Americans beyond a shadow of a doubt of the immediate need to make critical reforms in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. However, they ignored this information. Why? Black Lives Matter leaders chose to assume the negative view that the information supporting the murder and murder cover-up by law enforcers was only gathered because they assumed the person, me, who gathered the information only did it to make money! They never once spoke to me, mind you, to find out any thing about me. Political leaders like Al Sharpton jumped ship to stay on good terms with their white counterparts.

Now, let’s play devil’s advocate and assume I only did my research and wrote my book to make a profit off of a dead child. Is that enough reason for leaders to ignore information that will bring equality and justice to black people more quickly? Is that enough reason to continue to let mothers and fathers fear each time their children walk out the door and worry if they will make it back home? I’ll leave those answers up to you, but I am sure you know my answer! However, if you agree with the decision of the black leaders to ignore my work that would have made life better for you, you can stop reading here.

I researched and wrote Accessories After the Fact: The Trayvon Martin Murder Cover-up because hearing him scream in the background of the 911 call severly emotionally traumatized me. I don’t know why, but then again, why would it not? I had never heard anything like that before. I didn’t know Trayvon Martin and this certainly was not the first young black male to be killed! I asked myself how could someone I don’t even know affect me to the point I could no longer sleep and eat like a normal person. Why couldn’t I stop obsessing over what happened? I was afraid to tell anyone about what I was going through becuase, quitely frankly, I feared I was losing my mind. Also, I did not pay attention to the Trayvon Martin killing until the year 2013 because I had been preoccupied with other matters. So, it was in 2013 that I first heard the 911 call and chose to learn about the case. It was a life changing moment. I thought we had moved beyond. It was a very rude awakening!

So, now the major window of opportunity to make significant criminal justice progress for all black people has closed. The election of the Donald Trump as President of the United States has guaranteed this on a federal level which is the level Black Lives Matter was working on. Black Lives Matter leaders won’t be sitting at any table with Trump or the new attorney general! I feel so disappointed and disgusted over the refusal of black leaders, during the most advantageous time, to use the Trayvon Martin killing information I researched to make life safer and better for all of us! I gave them the information on a silver platter-free of charge mind you! The leaders greatly disappointed and disgusted me, but they greatly hurt all black people, especially young black males, by ignoring this critical opportunity. This is the greatest tragedy. This is why I shake my head every time I think about their fateful decision and how it has held black people back. Perhaps they will read this and see the error of their ways, but I doubt it. It is hard to admit when you have fucked up, and they don’t want the wrath of the people on their backs. Yet, they deserve it since they failed us…again!

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Your Fear is not My Fault

The fear of the black man is not caused by the black man. It is created by the white man because the white man treated the black race worse than he treated his dogs, cows, pigs, and chickens. The white man knows that any self-respecting person will not permit another to mistreat him.  So, the white man thinks if the black race gains self-respect, they will demand and require whites to make amends for what they have done and are doing to them.  Self-respecting, Afro-centric, empowered blacks will not accept less.  Less means blacks are not as worthy of respect or equal treatment as whites and what was done to their people is not worthy of making the best at amends!  So, the fear is in the white man because the white man would do all in his power to regain respectable treatment and equality since this is what a self-loving and self-respecting person would do.  Thus, keeping the black race unequal helps protect the white man, but it does not erase the white man’s fear and black people cannot remove it.

The white man must accept, own, and make amends for his wrongs.  Only then will he be able to look the black man in the eye as an equal and no longer have fear because he will have repaid his debt and have a clear conscience.  In reality, nothing can amend what was done to blacks, but whites can do their best to make amends.  Their best will be sufficient.  Whites benefit from what slaves built.  Whites benefit from land and labor stolen from slaves and free blacks. Whites benefit from killing native Americans and removing them from the land they had before the white man arrived.  Whites still benefit.  So, the past is a part of the present.



Consequences and Shaping Behavior

When the jurors found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin and black people did not stand up to reject a rigged trial and a thrown case, those controlling the criminal justice system received positive reinforcement for their actions and behavior.   Throwing the case is ACCEPTABLE and they can get away with it without punishment!  This is what blacks have taught whites.   You teach people how to treat you.   Consequences shape behavior.  See evidence of murder cover-up

I don’t advocate violence unless necessary and I do not suggest the following occur.  This is just an extreme example of shaping behavior and consequences.  If the child of one of the people who threw the Zimmerman case had been killed because the case was thrown or the prosecutor who threw the case had been killed to send negative reinforcement, you would see a sharp decline in unjust trials!



Trayvon and Me

I was told that people do not know how deeply Trayvon Martin’s murder affected me.  They don’t understand why I wrote the book.

Here I share with you why in the best way I know how to express my feelings.

Trayvon and Me

God help me please!
Why won’t this leave!
He’s not my kin not even a friend.
I’m scared. I’m obsessing.
Am I losing my mind?
I can’t tell anyone.
I’m crying all the time.
Can’t sleep! Can’t eat!
Can’t even be upbeat.

The yelling. The screams for help.
I can’t get them out of my mind.
It’s not fair. No one was there.
Someone help him! Help him please!
I’m begging on my knees.

I will find out what happened.
I will make them pay.
If it were their kids, it would be the other way.
The wrong ones got away.
This is another Zimmerman day.

He murdered him!
I’m enraged and ready to engage.
I try not to hate, but it seems to late.
I must walk. I must get out of here.
I walk and I walk until my mind gets clear.

I’m not helpless. I can help win this fight!
Trayvon, I promise you I will speak for right.
I research. I write. I research. I write.
Not knowing this was healing me too.

My mind is filled with thoughts.
Analyzing this and analyzing that.
The thoughts are so fast. How can they last.
I’m like a computer that won’t shut down.
I’m tossing and turning and the thoughts are still churning.
I need real sleep. This can’t go on.
I won’t make it to the end.

I sense spirits all around me. Why won’t they just let me be?
Very bad timing. I feel they are haunting me.
I am awakened out of my sleep by a voice.
It says be not afraid. God is here.
I have little fear, but the spirits stay near.

I must finish this. I must get this done.
Where will I find the motivation to complete this run?
Writing, reading, researching. Writing, reading, researching.
I see no light at the end of the tunnel?
But plenty people have invested in me.
My parents, my teachers, mentors, friends, and other family.
They wouldn’t expect any less from me.
I owe them this much and this much it shall be.

I’m almost done, but this was no fun.
This is the story of tragedy.
Amazingly though, I have been set free.
No tears. No appetite loss.
No hate or rage or desire to engage.
It’s said the pen is mightier than the sword, but will this be?

I’ve done my part, but more must be done.
This is not just for history.
It’s for taking action so all can be free!

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© 2016 Gina McGill

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Is Philando Castile Shooting Racist?

It is not good to rush to judgement.  Many saw the video of Diamond Reynolds live streaming the aftermath of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, being shot.  It is key to keep in mind that this is the aftermath.  We do not have all of the facts yet.

However, with the current high emotions over the shooting of black males, many will not wait for the facts and many won’t believe anything that will not support the belief that the cop murdered the man because he is black.  They will react based only on what they saw and prejudged.  Yes, it was very disturbing to watch a man bleed to death from gunshot wounds, but there is much we still do not know.

We heard the cop tell Ms. Reynolds he told the man not to reach for something or do something.  The cop had reason to believe the man might shoot him.  What were those reasons? How did the exchange between the man and the cop go before the shooting?  Why did the cop stop them in the first place?  Get these answers first and determine if they are reasonable.  The cop may be justified despite how it was portrayed on Ms. Reynolds’ video.  Let’s wait and find out.  We must not be quick to assume racism just because the cop and suspect are different colors.  This would be biased and you would be doing the same thing you accuse the cops of doing!

Two black men whom committed armed robbery is the reason the cop stopped Mr. Castile since he looked like a suspect to him.  Black men who commit crimes make it harder for all black men!  Rappers who glorify a criminal life style make it harder for all black men?  We already live in a world that is not fair.  Why stack the odds against you?

There are certain things all people must do to reduce the risk of getting killed by cop.  These things include not resisting arrest, not running away, not giving the cop any reason to think you might be reaching for a gun, not being associated with gangs, and not committing any crime.  This is just a fact of life like it or not.


Huntsville AL Black Lives Matter?

Apparently there are two separate Black Lives Matter groups in Huntsville, Alabama.  The group that gathered to show support for the police and the group that gathered to show support for the families of the young, black males who lost their lives.  There was a clear division.  One group met in one location and the other group met in another.  One group was organized by area ministers and police and attended by a few elected government officials whom marched to the Fallen Officer’s Memorial in support of police.  The other group was organized by grass roots organizations whom met at Big Spring Park in a vigil for the slain black males.  Both groups were peaceful, but had a different focus.

In anger, one young, Black man left the highly organized march by the police and ministers claiming it was staged and did not address the issue needing to be addressed.  He said he had been attacked by the police and was displeased the group did not address the core issues.

When I arrived at the grass roots organized event, I spoke with one of the organizers and talked about my book Accessories After the Fact: The Trayvon Martin Murder Cover-Up which is in printed format that will be released in a few weeks.  There is also one in ebook format, State of Florida v. Trayvon Martin: A Murder Cover-Up and Obtaining Justice, available now on my website  I went through the book explaining the information it contained.  My goal was to inform the people about its contents so they can use this information in achieving their goals.

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This grassroots group felt sincere to me and was inclusive.  There were black and white gathered together and holding candles for those all whom had been killed.  There was concern for the police whom had been killed and there was more concern about the problem that led to their killing and the killing of young, black males.

After I spoke with one of the organizers, he offered to tell the group about my book so they could obtain the information.  I was pleasantly surprised when he permitted me to address the group about my book.  The group was very receptive.  This is why I say the grassroots group was very sincere in their objective for being there and were very inclusive.

I highly doubt the group organized by the police and the ministers with government officials attending would have allowed me to speak to the people about my findings so they would know the information existed.  After all, my talk was about a murder cover-up by police and state law enforcers and how the citizens could begin to dismantle institutional racism.

I did get a chance to speak with state representative Laura Hall and several news outlets at the highly organized gathering.  I will follow-up my contact with them about my investigative research information about the Trayvon Martin murder.  I will see if they are as receptive as the grassroots organizers have been and if they are willing to help me get my investigative research information out to the people of Huntsville and ideally all of Alabama so it can be used to bring about the needed changes.  I will return with a follow-up to talk about the outcome of this effort.

The killing of Trayvon Martin started the Black Lives Matter movement.  If I am looking for a solution, I look to the source and cause of the problem.  For me, that started with the killing of Trayvon Martin so I looked here for answers and solutions and I believe others should too.  I have done the hard part.  The results are now available for all to read.

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Alton Sterling: In Defense of Police

I just watched the video of police shooting Alton Sterling. It is very disturbing and unsettling. Another life has been taken which perhaps could have been avoided.

I wish Sterling had never threatened the homeless man with his gun just because he was annoyed with the man. Mistake #1. This is a serious problem. If you are ready to show your gun because you are annoyed, what would motivate you to shoot it?

The homeless man felt threatened and he told the police. The police responded thinking Sterling had threatened to use his gun. The 911 operator told them a person called and said Sterling had pulled a gun on him. After arrival, Sterling refused to cooperate with police probably because he knew they would find the gun on him and whatever else he had. Mistake #2 They told him to get on the ground at least twice. He didn’t. Mistake #3 They tased him, but he didn’t go down. So an officer grabbed him and struggled to get him to the ground. Once on the ground, the cop warned Sterling not to move or he would shoot him. So, from this we know that the cops never intended to shoot or kill Sterling In fact, they tried to subdue him without the use of a gun several times!

Sterling was not completely subdued yet since the officer told him not to move. Either one of the cops or a bystander yelled that Sterling had a gun. At this point, Sterling was shot. The gun was then removed from Sterling’s pocket.

The police believed Sterling may have a gun. Sterling knew he had a gun. My conclusion is the police gave Sterling several opportunities to submit without use of deadly force. Sterling refused. The police acted to protect themselves. Racism had nothing to do with this shooting, and I do not see this as murder.

Could things have been done differently along the way? Perhaps, but when you are in the situation and you believe your life is being threatened, you have to make a decision and make it quickly. This was a tragic and unfortunate situation that could have been avoided if Sterling had not threatened to shoot someone in the beginning. The cops should be allowed to return to work with the requirement that they review the tapes and discuss with others how they could have done things differently along the way if they could have. Also, go through some practice training by implementing the lessons they have learn if needed.