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Usually when a cop kills a civilian, us brown folk will speak up and try to advocate for the victim. That’s because the victim is generally a brown or black person. For some reason, we are terribly frightening to police.
By the way, I know that I have fair skin, but I am part of the Latino community, and though I myself am not brown on the outside, it flows through my blood and the blood and skin of my loved ones. Besides, allies come in all colors.
This case here, well, this one is the exception. It’s almost comical how it worked out. For the first time in forever, you see the usual folks who side with police, siding with the victim! They claim that this was a bad shoot, and that he should be jailed. Ain’t that a kick in the nuts? What’s the difference here? The cop is brown, the victim is white!
Now don’t get me wrong, he’s definitely wrong in what he did and he should be punished. Just because the others get off, doesn’t mean he should. However, I’m not gonna let that stop me from pointing out the hypocrisy of it all. He should be punished for murdering her, but so should many of the cops who killed those young black men.
They tried to make Peter Liang the scapegoat when he wrongfully shot and killed Akai Gurley, but the Asian community wasn’t having that. That was a nice attempt to create a rift between black and asian people. It didn’t really work, but at the end of the day, another officer got away with killing a black father. I suppose that this guy is now the new scapegoat to show that they are being tough on police, as long as they are not white cops.
The hypocrisy of it all is so staggering, it’s almost as if they have to be joking!
Growing Up Bronx