What’s also amazing is that neither of these cases was caught on body cam. In Alton Sterling’s case, the cameras allegedly “fell off” and don’t even appear to be present in the case of Philando Castile. If you haven’t caught on by now, I’m saying their names in full so that the gravity of what just occurred can be understood. I will not lessen nor abbreviate them. These were two men who fell victim to a system that sent them in as slaves and sent them out in body bags. There are children now who have no father, while the public “servants” that killed them are free to roam the streets. Never did I think there would come a day where I’d fear a police officer more than I’d fear a terrorist, or a criminal. I’ll provide some background as to what happened in both of these killings.
Within 24 hours of Alton Sterling’s murder, another shooting of even more malevolent proportions occurred. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, 32-year-old Philando Castile, accompanied by his girlfriend and daughter, was pulled over for having a broken tail light. Philando Castile had a conceal and carry permit and told the officer that he was carrying a weapon. As he reached to get his license, the officer shot him; in front of his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter, both of whom were handcuffed and taken to the police station. Yes, a four-year-old little girl was handcuffed and put into the back of a squad car. Philando Castile’s girlfriend recorded the event, showing him dying in the driver’s seat of his car, while the officer panics. The officer can be seen still pointing his gun at the dying body of Philando Castile. The kicker with this one is that he has no criminal record to look up. No way to criminalize him for the inhumane actions that led to his death.
A very redundant argument, to justify shootings like this, goes along the lines of “If *insert name here* had listened to the officers and complied, then they would still be alive.” Philando Castile listened, and complied, but he died. But that is the law of the land isn’t it; obey or die? Now we can’t even do that. I can’t express the amount of pain that I myself have felt in the past two days, let alone the pain of these two families. But, in the words of the late, great Langston Hughes, I can express my anger. “Negros. Sweet and docile. Meek, humble, and kind. Beware the day they change their mind.”