Yet Another Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead by Police
In Phoenix, Arizona, 30-year-old Rumain Brisbon was on his way to drop off lunch for his daughters, when he was allegedly accosted and killed by a 30-year-old unnamed white police officer.
From USA Today:
It's "open season for killing black men," according to a community leader in Phoenix where another unarmed black man is dead at the hands of local police. An officer said he felt threatened by Rumain Brisbon before shooting him twice in the torso.
Police say that Brisbon went in the back of his vehicle and then grabbed for his waist. (Where have I heard that before?) The dead man's friend tells a different story than that offered by the police. From USA Today:
Brandon Dickerson, who said he was in the car with Brisbon shortly before the shooting and witnessed some of the incident, said Brisbon was dropping off fast food to his children in the apartment. On Wednesday evening, strewn french fries still littered the front porch.
Dickerson said he never saw the officer try to talk with Brisbon. He also said his friend wasn't yelling at the officer.
"Who's gonna argue with police?" Dickerson said. "He had no death wish yesterday."
Yes, let me just put it out there, he was no angel, but he was an unarmed citizen of this country who deserved due process. It seems that black people have a new bar to jump; they must prove that they are angels before they are assigned any humanity. Rumain Brisbon had an arrest record, which has nothing to do with him joining the long list of people of color killed by white police officers.â€¨This is madness!
One of the best tweets I have seen about this latest killing:
can't keep up w/# of ppl whose existence is being reduced to a hashtag, at the rate cops are realizing their GI Joe fantasies #RumainBrisbon— ☔️ቴኦቤስታ☔️葉頌恩☔️ (@☔️ቴኦቤስታ☔️葉頌恩☔️)1417715601.0