Killed By Police, Again: The Silent Epidemic of 2012

Killed By Police, Again: The Silent Epidemic of 2012

While Trayvon Martin’s case is the most known of 2012, Hip-Hop Political Journalist Davey D recently brought to light that there are 27 other cases of Black persons whom have been unlawfully killed within only a 3-month span.

From January 1st – March 31, 2012 there were 28 [27 men, 1 woman] documented cases of law enforcement, security guard, and self-appointed “Keepers Of the Peace” (or Zimmerman’s) in the United States.  And now in the month of June, yet another has been added to the list.  This time, it’s a 13-year-old boy named Darius Simmons.

Shot to death by his 75-year-old neighbor, right in front of his own mother’s eyes.  Darius was sent outside to move the trash can from the front of his home.  What he found upon retrieval was his next door neighbor, John Henry Spooner, approaching him with accusations.  Earlier in the day, Spooner had been a victim of home robbery.  It’s reported that he confided in a friend that he expected the young boy of being the culprit, even though Darius was in school at the time of the incident.

As Darius denied the act, Spooner continued to approach him, armed with a 9mm handgun.  As his mother watched, Darius raised his hands in the air, pleading of his innocence.  He was then shot in the chest once.  He ran to escape any further injuries, and met with an attempted shot to his back and a third.

The matter worsened.  According to reports, Darius’ mother (Patricia Larry) ran to his side, and found no pulse. As the police arrived, young Darius Simmons’ body remained on the sidewalk while the police  questioned his mother for approximately two hours.  Following, they investigated her home.  Finding nothing to link the child to the robbery, they ended up arresting his brother based off of overdue truancy tickets.

Yet, Spooner’s family were allowed to enter his home, and even collect wanted items.  Now charged with 1st degree murder, his bail was set for only $300,000.  Sounding all too familiar, it’s a wonder why communities aren’t up and arms about this constant betrayal of civility from authorities.  Possibly it has to do with the lack of national reporting, or it’s seen as less trivial to the media given the state of our own black-on-black crime.  The fact is– the two are not the same, and one wrong does not litigate a cancellation of another.

Furthermore, the issue of everyday people deciding the judgment and verdict of an issue within their own hands has expanded far beyond the Stand Your Ground law which has been the cause of much controversy in political debates.  No one man should have all that power.  And as far as I know, no one man does.

To catch yourself up with the names and cases of the other 28 victims by self-appointed gods of the law, check out the list below provided by Davey D.

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–Jazzi Johnson


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