WARNING: In this video, you will see a man shot to death from a distance of 50 to 100 feet.
I’m really, really sorry. I normally wouldn’t post something this graphic, but I feel that the world needs to understand what the people of Ferguson are dealing with.
The man who was killed, Kajiemi Powell, was obviously at least emotionally unbalanced (you can hear him shouting “shoot me” repeatedly at the cops after they draw their guns—which they do almost immediately, since, you know, people who steal two cans of soda are among the most dangerous of petty criminals), but you can see that he poses no obvious threat. They kill him while he’s merely pacing around their perimeter. There were other ways of dealing with this situation, but because the cops don’t value black lives, they didn’t care enough to even consider them. Hell, they exit the car with their guns drawn. Because he stole two sodas.
I don’t even know what to say about this. It’s awful. I didn’t want to watch it. But it needs to be seen to dismantle the “the cops’ lives were in danger” narrative. That narrative is quite clearly bullshit.
It goes without saying that unless you want to really lose your shit, you shouldn’t venture into the comment thread on this video’s Youtube page. There’s some really nasty racism going on over there.
I love how every cop has to empty their magazine when they shoot, even when no immediate threat is posed. They don’t even know how to use their guns and it’s shameful
Okay this IS fucked up. But the man DID have a weapon and was clearly looking for a fight. When you have a firearm it is NOT to take care of a situation non-lethally, you shoot to kill or until they stop moving. I get ferguson is going on but holy shit every situation involving the police is not a fucking murdering act. If you compare this to the man who got gunned down in Ferguson, then you need to seriously fucking stop and rationally use your brain for once.
If you ever go fucking bat shit crazy and start looking for a fight with police, you’re going to lose. If you end up in a heated situation with police and you aren’t threatening, bite the bullet and do what you’re told and you will get out of the situation quicker and safer than being a dumb fuck. Pick your battles wisely.
Um, this is four miles from Ferguson. I’m not making any comparison. These are St. Louis cops shooting a man four miles from where Mike Brown was shot. They claimed he was holding his knife overhead, charging and within three to four feet of them. This video shows that their account is not entirely accurate.