Tragic Shootings

There are far too many tragic shootings to chronicle them here.

About 1,000 citizens are killed by police officers each year. About 3 per day.

Consider two. Ryan Whitaker, Phoenix, AZ, May 2020, and Andre Hill, Columbus, OH, Dec 2020.

Ryan Whitaker + Andre Hill

Both men were shot repeatedly and killed by officers within just a few seconds of being approached by officers. In neither case is a crime identified by officers before they killed the gentlemen. These are not rare cases, and tragically both cases are clear examples of a problem. Teach officers to use weapons in law enforcement academy, and they think they are sent out to use weapons. Don't focus enough attention on Constitutional civil rights in law enforcement academy, and officers won't think civil rights matter much.

Mr. Ryan Whitaker made salsa and was playing an exciting video game with his girlfriend, enjoying a night at his residence in Phoenix, AZ. A busybody neighbor upstairs called 911, complained of "noise", which is nothing serious, and then falsely claimed there could be a physical altercation 'if that would get police to respond faster'. Officers even commented on this bogus claim as they approached. Yet officers shot Mr. Whitaker in his doorway mere moments after he opened the door, killing him in front of his girlfriend.

Mr. Andre Hill was visiting friends at their home in Columbus, OH just before Christmas. He was working on a car late one evening when a busybody neighbor called 911 to complain about a car 'starting and turning off'. That is not even a crime, and it certainly should not have merited a response. However, bored officers arrived and approached Mr. Hill as he was standing in the garage with his cell phone in hand, the garage door open, shooting and killing him within 10 seconds of approach.

You can search the names and cities to find several stories about these gentlemen.

Let's think about these cases before calling 911, people. Granted, there is no excuse for hostile police officers to murder citizens. Yet think: What is a real crime? Lives could be at risk. Live and let live.

Nonetheless, in both of these cases, and in too many others, officers involved claimed that they were engaged in "lawful police work" and that there should be no liability for the civil rights violations they inflicted upon the citizens. Yet every honest person knows that these are clear violations of the Fourth Amendment protections written into the Constitution. And these civil rights violations are permanent.

 

Only justice in our courts will bring safety to our streets. For if justice is certain, violations will not happen. Lack of justice only assures that more civil rights violations will occur. The problem on our streets is caused by denial of civil rights by our courts.

Federal courts are the protectors of civil rights. Federal courts MUST restore the Constitutional civil rights of citizens!

 

The Constitution is the ultimate law of the land, to which all other laws and court rulings must conform.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons...shall not be violated."

- US Constitution, 4th Amendment