Black Indianapolis man shot by cops after calling police to report robbery
Early Tuesday in Indianapolis, an African-American woman was being carjacked in front of her home in her working class neighborhood. She ran back in the house, told her husband, who is also black, and they called the police to report the robbery. That seemed to be the right and safe thing to do.
As the police pulled up, the husband, who was later identified as 48-year-old Carl Williams, opened the garage to their home and was immediately shot in the gut by police.
They claim they believed he was the robber and that because he had a firearm of his own, he was shot in self-defense.
He, of course, was not the robber. In fact, police have yet to even say if they caught the robber. Since they dusted the car for fingerprints, it appears that the actual man committing a crime got away and the man who wanted to protect his wife and family was instead shot and currently fighting for his own life in the hospital.
Female members of the RCMP are now allowed to wear a hijab head scarf as part of their uniform, as the Mounties look to encourage more Muslim women to join their ranks.
The newly discovered uniform option was adopted by the force in January. But according to law, members must still seek approval from RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson for any faith-based accommodation, and there has yet to be a formal request to wear the hijab while on duty.
“The move to offer the hijab as part of the RCMP uniform is intended to better reflect the changing diversity in the community and encourage more Muslim women to consider policing as a career option,” according to an RCMP briefing note sent to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
“The objective will be to demonstrate that the RCMP is a progressive and inclusive police service that values and respects persons of all cultural and religious backgrounds,” it said.
The note, approved by Commissioner Paulson, said three versions of the hijab underwent “rigorous testing” at the RCMP training depot, before an approved version was selected for police use. It can also fit under the iconic RCMP forage cap, a spokeswoman said.
“The RCMP hijab is designed to be unobtrusive, easily removable and present the least possible risk to members. Tests have demonstrated that the hijab headscarf does not reduce an officer’s effectiveness in the performance of her duties,” the note said.
The move was praised by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, who called it a “welcome, logical step.” “We’re hoping that women will look then to the RCMP as a potential career pathway for them,” spokeswoman Amira Elghawaby said.
Legend Preston, age 10, was playing basketball with friends in his neighborhood a couple weeks ago when the ball bounced out into the street. He went to retrieve it and looked up to see multiple police officers running at him, shotguns drawn.
Legend panicked, as any fifth grader would do under the circumstances. “I ran because they thought that I rolled the ball into the street on purpose,” he said, “and they were just holding shotguns at me trying to shoot me.” The cops gave chase, and soon he was cornered in an alley with the guns pointed at his head.
Fortunately, neighbors saw the whole thing happen, and a group followed the officers into the alley to intervene. “This is a child!” they yelled, while the police insisted he “matches the description” of the suspect they sought. Though both Legend and the suspect in question are African-American, the man the police were after is twice the grade-schooler’s age, several inches taller, and hasdreadlocks and facial hair (Legend has a buzz cut and is too young to shave).
“When I think about my child staring at the end of a gun,” said Legend’s mother, Patisha Solomon, “one wrong move, and my child wouldn’t be here right now. My son could have tripped. He could have reached for a toy. They could have done anything to my son and it could have been his fault.” Solomon said the officers told her she could file a complaint but admitted no wrongdoing.
The Chief of Police, addressed to the Police Committee of the General Council, and reading as follows: “With reference to the employment of negro policemen on a trial basis, and in negro communities in Atlanta, Georgia, I wish to advise that, after discussing it with many Chiefs of Police in other Southern cities, and giving it long and serious consideration from the standpoint of law enforcement only, and what is best for the Atlanta Police Department in the long run, I am of the opinion that they can be successfully employed under the following conditions:
1. That they not be allowed to exercise police power over white people. 2. That a negro police precinct be established. 3. That a delegation be sent to other Southern cities to study their method of operation and regulations. 4. And that they not be given civil service status until their success has been proven. The success or failure would depend on the personnel employed, and regardless how well screened they are, it is inevitable that some `misfits’ will be employed. With these stipulations I affix my signature to the resolution, indicating my favorable recommendation and approval.”
From what I gather, Yarn V Atlanta is a case about petition against Atlanta stating the violations around this use of “negro police”. That this law would essentially allow white citizens to terrorize black neighborhoods, commit crimes against black people, with the full knowledge that black cops aren’t allowed to arrest white people.
The court dismissed the petition, and then later unanimously upheld the decision to dismiss the petition when it was later challenged - affirming that the police chief can authority to tell his police officers where they are allowed to work and who they are allowed to arrest. They even noted there are “many solid reasons could be stated why such a policy would be wise”
By 2016 we all are very well aware of the types of systemic and institutional racism that had lead us today’s troubling relationship between police and black Americans. It’s another thing to see primary sources that wove racist ideologies into state law and charter. That racism was “normal” to most americans, just like being anti-black is still normal to many Americans today.
More than one hundred protesters rallied Wednesday night outside Ottawa police headquarters on Elgin Street.
“No justice, no peace. No racist police!” they shouted as police looked on.
The protesters are demanding that two Ottawa police officers, Const. Dave Weir and Const. Daniel Montsion be held accountable in the death last month of Abdirahman Abdi.
The officers are under investigation by the Special Investigations Unit, the civilian oversight agency that investigates incidents involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.
Abdi’s aunt, Khadra, who did not want her last name used, spoke through a translator to express her family’s anguish over her nephew’s death.
“The family appreciates the support that they’ve gotten from the different communities in Ottawa,” she said. “With the situation that happened with Abdirahman, (we) came to Canada from Somali to get refuge from violence; we are just being greeted with this violence here.”
She said that Abdi’s mother has not been able to sleep since watching her son die on the sidewalk in front of his Hilda Street apartment building.
“She is living in anguish. She’s got anxiety. She keeps playing it in her head and can’t shut it off,” said Khadra.
The protest was one of many across the country in recognition of Abdi’s death. In Toronto, Black Lives Matter members blocked off the SIU building entrance and parking lot Wednesday morning demanding more police accountability.
“We know that it is not an isolated case, and we could be the next one,” said Bilan Arte of the Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition who attended the Ottawa protest on Wednesday night.
Despite the fact that the investigation into Abdi’s death is ongoing, BLM Toronto and other protesters say they are skeptical of the SIU’s investigations. Protesters at the Ottawa rally said they don’t trust the SIU to investigate the Abdi case and have demanded that the agency make public its report along with any race-related data it has collected.
“We know that the SIU has had a history of a 90-per-cent clearance rate for police officers,” said Arte.
In a statement Wednesday in response to the Toronto protest, the SIU said BLM Toronto has made a number of demands related to how the Special Investigations Unit fulfils its mandate, but it would not comment on specific demands.
The SIU said that the Ontario government has already appointed Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Michael H. Tulloch to lead an independent review of the SIU and two other agencies that oversee police. That review was announced in April.
The decision for the review followed the SIU’s report on the death of Andrew Loku, an unarmed South Sudanese immigrant, in the hallway of his apartment building in Toronto. The officer who shot Loku was not charged.
Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, also of Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition, said it is time for Ottawa and Canada to recognize that there is systemic racism.
Ottawa police said they chose to close the station 30 minutes early because of the combination of the protest and construction around the building, which only gives officers only one exit to leave the building.
While the community of Red Pheasant tries to mourn the loss of Colten Boushie several people say it’s not helping that the RCMP have upped patrols that includes pulling people over and shinning spotlights into homes.
Residents on the Saskatchewan First Nation say it’s harassment.
“Getting stopped for no cause,” said resident Tash Baptiste, and Boushie’s aunt. “Just like last night. They asked why they were driving up and down … this is a reserve. We have relatives at every house. It’s not a crime to jump in your vehicle and go visit somebody.”
Boushie was shot and killed Aug. 9 in a farmer’s field a short distance away in Biggar, about an hour west of Saskatoon. Gerald Stanley has been charged with second-degree murder and is out on bail pending a trial.
The shooting sparked a massive outcry over racism in the province.
Sabrina Peeaychaw, also Boushie’s aunt, said she’s seen RCMP out patrolling.
“Stopping in people’s yards. Flashing their spotlights in their homes. Pulling into yards, as well as peeking into windows,” said Peeaychew.
Peeaychew is also on the Red Pheasant council and said she called the RCMP to complain.
“It has become a problem. I thought I would take it upon myself and question them. The RCMP returned my call stating they spoke to their constables. They are only to come to our community if there are any calls for them to be here,” she said.
Stanley’s next court date is scheduled for Sept. 13.
I have accepted that as a Black male, regardless of my education, occupation, gender, martial status, and political party…I am a nigger before I am an American when in front of Law Enforcement. Nothing I say or do will change how they are trained to see me as a threat. It doesn’t matter if I obey, have a licenses to carry, or even speak “proper”. I am judged by the color of my skin first before all things. All I can do, is just try to survive in this country that preaches #AllLivesMatter but justifies Black Death, Muslims being harassed and killed, bigotry towards the LGBT community, steals land again from the Native Americans, and is dead set on building a wall to keep my Chicano brothers and sisters out. This is America. This has always been America. So with that, survive y'all. Just survive!