Today’s smoking gun—literally!—evidence:
In Detroit, a 19-year old man named Hakim Littleton, was shot and killed by police. Immediately, the activist group Detroit Will Breathe called for followers to immediately report to the scene of the shooting to protest.
And indeed they did. No facts, no explanation necessary; the police are hunting black kids again. The group presumed racism, police guilt and unjustified violence.
Need I specify that calling for protests and demonstrations without knowing what you are protesting is unethical?
Yet there was a video, and a graphic one. It shows police officers arresting Darnell Sylvester on an outstanding drug warrant. He surrenders and complies with the officers’ instructions. Then the video shows Littleton approach the officers, reach into his pocket, and pull out a gun. He can be heard saying, “You are not going to take my man,” meaning Sylvester. He begins shooting at close range, estimated at two or three feet from an officer. (He’s a bad shot.) Then Littleton raises his gun, aiming at the head of the officer, as three officers returned fire. Littleton continues to fire even after he falls to the ground.
As we have seen again and again in other cases, the family of the deceased insisted that the death was murder, claiming that the 19-year-old was unarmed and surrendering:
They murdered him. Shot him in his back walking down the street. Oh they told them to freeze, OK, put your hands up. And they did, and they shot him trying to put his phone in his pocket,” said Deseanae Wells, the victim’s cousin.
Damndest thing, how police can fake a video like this so quickly and effectively. Did you hear him say, “Hands up, don’t shoot” ? I wonder what the Vegas odds are on “Hakim Littleton” being quietly added to those lists of “murdered” unarmed African Americans, like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown….