Look. You shoot an unarmed kid in a hoodie? That’s unacceptable. You shoot an unarmed kid in a playground? That’s unacceptable. You choke a guy to death on the street for selling cigarettes? That’s unacceptable. You throw a guy in jail for 20 years over a couple of ounces of weed? That’s unacceptable. You shoot a legally armed man with a concealed carry permit because you’re scared? That’s extremely unacceptable.
You shoot a guy illegally packing heat that’s probably gonna shoot at you first if you don’t?
Can’t say that’s unacceptable.
The Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Oppression United with Black Lives Matter are planning a protest tonight at 6 p.m. at 71st Street and Jeffery Avenue to demand justice for 37-year-old Harith Augustus, calling for a Civilian Police Accountability Council chosen by the people to investigate instead of the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
Um… Mister Agustus was packing heat not once, but twice. See? Look at the photo:
See those things circled in red? Those are handguns. Two of them, in fact. If you go to the source link and click the video, you will see Mr. Augustus reaching for said guns as he runs away from the police. As the overused, but in this case accurate phrase goes, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”
Sure, you could go through the sociological gymnastics of concluding that white people created a situation in which he felt the need to carry. To which I would first respond that’s quite a stretch. Second, even if he did carry because he felt threatened by police, then obviously he was mentally prepared to defend himself against police officers, meaning they were justified in firing upon him first.
You want someone to march against police violence? I’m right there with you. I’ll be right there screaming when an unarmed, innocent kid gets shot. I’ll be right there when unjust laws cause harsher punishment for people of different socioeconomic classes.
But when a guy brings a gun to town? Getting shot is the risk you run. Don’t be mistaken; this one case doesn’t justify other shootings of the poor and minorities. But it does show that, unfortunately, police officers sometimes have to defend themselves and take a life.