#HarithAugustus, a father of a 5-year-old girl, was fatally shot by police on Saturday. It was at the least the third time in two weeks that a Chicago police officer has shot someone. We can’t talk about gun violence in America without talking about racism. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/sN0gA0wIPV
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 15, 2018
Right out of the gate is the charge of racism. It’s always racism when a black man is shot by police. There is never any other explanation. Cops just go around shooting black guys for sport. They might as well put little stickers on their cars the way WWII fighter pilots did to tally their kills.
Yesterday, Chicago police shot and killed #HarithAugustus, a local barber. Led by Black women, Chicagoans took to the streets to demand answers and justice. CPD responded by brutally beating civilians and journalists, and arresting several protestors.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) July 15, 2018
He was a father AND a barber. Of course the police targeted his hard working, black man to take him out. Good on the black community in Chicago to
riot protest this grave injustice.
I hope this doesn’t backfire on them.
From the Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police Department
Video of confrontation between police and Mr. Augustus at 71st and Jeffery. pic.twitter.com/Qd9q9IXNdS
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) July 15, 2018
Was that a gun holstered that he flashed at police?
Sure as hell looks like it.
Did he draw on police?
Sure as hell looks like it.
According to Chicago Police representative Guglielmi:
No officers were hurt, and a weapon was recovered at the scene along with several magazines of ammunition, Gugliemi said. Augustus didn’t have a valid FOID card or a concealed carry license.
So Harith Augustus was illegally carrying a concealed pistol, was confronted by police, flashed his gun, then turned, ran, and tried to draw his gun before being shot.
None of that matters though, because racism.
This is why we can’t have nice things. Things like cities where 24 people have been killed in July and the month is only half over.
The police can’t deal with criminals if they are accused of racism from every encounter.
This is what happens:
“What officers are doing is they’re just driving looking forward. They’ve got horse blinders on,” says Kevin Forrester, a retired Baltimore detective.
The surge of shootings and killings that followed has left Baltimore easily the deadliest large city in the United States. Its murder rate reached an all-time high last year; 342 people were killed. The number of shootings in some neighborhoods has more than tripled. One man was shot to death steps from a police station. Another was killed driving in a funeral procession.
The Left has fallen too far down the rabbit hole. They can’t walk it back anymore. Even when the cops have it on video that the guy they shot drew a gun on them, it’s still racism.
So if Shannon Watts, Black Lives Matter, and the Women’s March make the Chicago PD just stop dealing with criminals the way Baltimore PD did, just to avoid politically incorrect encounters, Chicago will probably break 1,000 homicides a year.
Still, they can’t change course.
The good news is, the more they act like this, the more this will repel rational people. The bad news is, as the concentration of insane people on the Left increases, they will get louder and louder.
If it is any consolation to Shannon Watts, Harith Augustus will still being vote for the Democrats in the future.