THE BLOGGER’S NOTE: This post is the second in a six-part series on why people make judgments based on limited information. Here’s the first one called “Adventures in conclusion jumping, Part 1.”
The relationship between the African American community and law enforcement is contentious to say the least. Especially when an African-American male is killed by a police officer.
Last weekend, Raason Shaw aka Raason Hill (according to an Instagram post), was killed in a foot chase when he allegedly pointed a gun at police officers.
According to court records obtained by the Chicago Tribune, Shaw,20 was found guilty Aug. 5 of a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge and was sentenced to one year conditional discharge which was set to expire in September.
People in the community were outraged because they believe the shooting was not justified.
Every African-American male I know, including myself, has had multiple negative encounters with law enforcement. When we hear of instances like this, it is difficult not to jump to conclusions. The prevailing thought is that the police were the aggressor in yet another shooting of an African-American male.
Some may not like what I’m going to say here but here it goes. The criminal element does exist in all communities. Some people just cannot be helped. I’m not saying the young man in the Woodlawn shooting was Theo Huxtable or Nino Brown. However, both sides of the story need to be heard.
I can’t paint all police officers with a broad brush. Not all cops are bad people. However, some are. That is reality that can be used for every profession known to man.
Usually, the mother of the deceased cries out “My baby ain't do nothin’!”
More often than not, there’s an Instagram, Twitter or a Facebook profile that says the opposite:
Regarding the history of police brutality and the criminal element, can you really blame folks for jumping to conclusion in such matters? Also, what about the people who cause trouble for the community?
Let’s see if cooler heads prevail in such matters.
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