This is no life anymore. Staying alive until the next day has become a huge challenge for Afro-Americans. If whenever you are black, you seek protection from police and get killed by them, it raises the question whether police departments should send white policemen to blacks homes when they are called. What a tragedy for the family and the whole afro-american community when a mother calls the police to help her and gets killed by them in front of her children!
This is what happened to Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old Afro-American woman and mother of 3 on June 18, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. According to Dailykos in their article that appeared on Monday Jun 19, 2017 and Newsweek as well as The source in their online editions of the same day, Charleena Lyles called the police to report an attempted burglary, and two police officers responded to her call around 10 a.m. According to a statement of the Seattle police department when the police arrived at her home, Charleena confronted them with a knife. The policeman shouted at her "get back! get back!" and then immediately opened fire on her, shooting several times which suggests that their intention of killing her was clear. Why couldn’t they have tased he? Charleena had major mental health issues and this was well known to the police. Was it necessary for both white officers to fire multiple rounds into a woman with a knife while endangering the lives of her children at the same time?
Are there no other ways two strong men can defend themselves against a woman with a knife than firing multiple rounds into her to kill her? Would they have behaved the same way had the woman not been black? If this is not racism against Blacks, then what is it?
It is repported that both of the officers had been placed on administrative leave and that their use of deadly force is being investigated. But will they be charged with murder of some degree? We do doubt about that. Whatever they are going to be charged with at the court, will they not at the end of the day be acquitted on all charges? Chances are very high that exactely that happens. Think of he case Philando Castille, just to name one.
With each case of a Blacks being killed or injured without the murderers or the perpetrators being punished, frustration and exasperation grow withing the black communities. This is clearly expressed in this article of TwinCities where participants at a so-called Philando Castile meeting said they worried about — or longed for — the day when people of color stopped knocking on doors and started kicking them down. You can also contribute! Your financial contribution, as well as your contribution through articles or translation are very appreciated.