Florida: Police shoot several unarmed black men, NAACP reponds

The Dade county NAACP is calling for justice in light of recent police shootings of unarmed African American men. People want answers and lack of response to the shootings by black elected officials and the absence of local political leaders at a recent meeting also became a major focus.

Miami-Dade NAACP President Bishop Victor T. Curry began the meeting on the evening of Nov. 19 by dispelling accusations that he is against the police.

“I’m against police brutality and I believe 99 percent of police officers in their right minds are against police brutality,” he told the crowd of more than 50 people at the New Birth Enterprise Building at 8400 N.E. 2nd Ave. in Miami.

According to Curry, the purpose of the meeting was to determine, “What should our response be as a community?”

Curry questioned whether other communities in Miami-Dade are treated similarly by the police.

“I can guarantee you this…if in the last two months, four unarmed…men from Aventura were shot and killed by African-American police officers, don’t you think the citizens, the residents of Aventura would be meeting like this?” he said.

Michael Knight and Frisco Blackwood, both 21, were killed on Nov. 12 in Little Haiti after police stopped them for running a red light. Details of the events that led to the shootings are in dispute.

A Miami-Dade police officer shot and killed 19-year-old unarmed Haitian immigrant Gracia Beaugris on Oct. 26 after what police said was an altercation, according to published news reports.

Roger Brown, 40, died Nov. 7 after a struggle with police officers outside a tire shop in North Miami-Dade. The owner of the shop, at 1655 NW 95th St., called police just after 7 p.m. after noticing the man’s truck being driven erratically, according to The Miami Herald. Officers immobilized Brown with a stun gun. He was taken to North Shore Medical Center, where he died.

Curry, the popular pastor of the New Birth Baptist Church also took issue with the absence of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez from the meeting.

Curry insisted that the mayor, County Manager George Burgess and Police Chief Robert Parker would have attended meetings in other communities “to hear the concerns of the people.”

He added that their absences represent “just utter disrespect” for the black community.

Source: BrowardTimes.com

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One response to “Florida: Police shoot several unarmed black men, NAACP reponds

  1. Tyrone


    There were 67 accidental deaths of officers in 2005, 15 fewer than a year earlier, the FBI said! Cops are rarely killed, but it is usually their service weapons or their patrol vehicles doing the killing when it happens! Friendly fire is responsible for many police deaths! Black cop are shot by white cops 98% of the times! In late August, a police officer shot and killed a man after he mistook the man’s cigarette lighter for a gun. That same week in Detroit, a deaf and mute man wielding a garden rake was shot and killed by an officer. The white officer that shot the man was the last to arrive to the seen! He was also the further away from the black man! A Detroit police officer was charged with manslaughter in that city’s slaying, and an investigation is under way in the other. The shootings in two very different communities have heightened questions about whether police officers, in small towns and larger cities, are properly trained about when to — and not to — use deadly force. In other words white cops are starting to murder white people too! In Boise, Idaho, a spate of recent deadly shootings in an otherwise tranquil Western city brings the issue to a public debate. In other words when they where just murdering unarmed blacks! It was OK!
    “Officers can begin to see everybody they deal with as being a threat,” said Pierce Murphy, a community ombudsman in Boise. “Not a potential threat but a real threat.” Shootings on Rise in Small Towns by cops!
    While high-profile shootings, like the 1998 slaying of Amadou Diallo, who was killed by four New York City officers who mistook his wallet for a gun, have brought the issue of police shootings to the national forefront, there is an indication that such shootings are happening more often in small-town America. The U.S. Department of Justice does not require police departments to report deadly shootings statistics. Some FBI statistics indicate the number of people fatally shot by police each year has changed little in the past five years, with about 360 dying at the hands of police in one recent year. But researchers who study trends in crime suspect an important shift may be under way: Police-related fatalities and instances of abuse, which have traditionally been associated with large urban areas, are occurring in smaller cities and towns. In the Colorado case, Eric Vantslot, 30, was shot and killed by sheriffs’ deputies in the town of Lyons after the man aimed what appeared to be a gun at them. After the shooting, investigators discovered the object was a cigarette lighter that resembled a semiautomatic handgun. Police officers in America are either poorly train or just STUPID! Or racist ignorance uncaring cowards! Especially white police officers! At what point are the powers that be going to acknowledge. That many cops in America (especially white cops) are just plain stupid and irresponsible? The country have lived threw white cops that are willing to turn waterholes on pregnant women and children! Four white cops beat and kick unarmed Rodney King and upwards of 26 white officer stood by and did NOTHING! We have witness white cops shooting the wrong man 41 times many bullets in his feet! There reason they thought a wallet was a gun YEAH RIGHT! In NY we also witness 5 police office black white and Hispanic officers fire over 51 bullets at 3 black unarmed men in a car! Their reason one cop thought he overheard one of the 3 say. They where going to get a gun! So they murder unarmed Sean Bell 4 bullet to his body and fire another 19 bullets into the body of his front seat passenger and three bullets in the backseat passenger! They lived Sean died!

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