(Chuck Muth) – The day after the murder of five police officers in Dallas by Micah X, Nevada State Sen. Aaron Ford wrote a very moving post about his sons, his family and the turmoil our country is facing over race these days.
You could literally feel the anguish in his words, and I certainly empathize with him. However, there was one word in his post that I disagree with that gets to the heart of this whole problem. It was in the following paragraph…
“My wife and I are raising good Americans. Patriots. But like so many other parents across the nation, we are overcome with concern for our children. Justifiably so, based on recurrent unjustifiable killings of black boys and men.”
“Unjustifiable.” That’s where the disconnect between many blacks and whites lies.
It seems to many white folks that ANY time ANY black is killed by a police officer, it’s deemed “unjustified,” regardless of circumstances. The very fact that the victim was black seems to mean, in the black community, that the shooting was unjustified.
And that perception was buttressed by this Hillary Clinton tweet I mentioned about a couple days ago…
“Alton and Philando’s deaths are the latest in a long, painful litany of African Americans killed in police incidents – 123 so far this year.”
The clear insinuation in that short, little tweet is that there have been 123 “unjustified” shooting deaths of blacks by police this year.
It’s an intentionally misleading, totally irresponsible tweet from a detestable woman who will say and do absolutely anything to get back in the White House.
Knowing that just about everything that comes out of this woman’s mouth is a lie, I researched her claim about 123 African-Americans who have been killed in dust-ups with police this year.
The statistic comes from a running Washington Post tally sheet which, at the time of this writing, showed a total of 509 citizens who have been killed by police so far this year.
And not that the Black Lies Matter folks give a damn, but “most of those killed by police are male and white.”
Somehow, after learning of that fact, I didn’t get the urge to go out and loot a convenience store or set a police car on fire. But maybe that’s just me.
Anyway, let me share a little information from the WaPo list and take a closer look at some of these poor, little black “victims”…
Andre Johnson, a 40-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on July 9, 2016, in Broken Bow, Okla. Johnson was suspected of killing two people in Arkansas. When a Broken Bow police officer attempted to stop the vehicle he was driving, he fled. When he eventually stopped, he got out of his vehicle and shot at the officer’s car.
Lafayette Evans, a 37-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 29, 2016, in Fort Madison, Iowa. The man robbed a bank and then exchanged gunfire with Fort Madison police as he fled.
Donte L. Johnson, a 30-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 26, 2016, in Dolton, Ill. Dolton police officers were responding to a report of an armed robbery at a gas station. Johnson pointed a gun at the officers.
Germichael Kennedy, a 22-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 26, 2016, in Lincoln, Neb. Kennedy was suspected of shooting two women, killing one of them. When Lincoln police located him, he turned toward officers with a gun.
Ismael Miranda, a 36-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 24, 2016, in Paterson, N.J. Miranda exchanged gunfire with two plainclothes officers from the Paterson police department, officers said.
Quencezola Maurice Splunge, a 44-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 22, 2016, in a parking lot in Walls, Miss. Splunge was attempting to obtain a driver’s license, but a DMV employee noticed that he was wanted for sexual battery. Hernando police and DeSoto County deputies chased him to a parking lot, where he shot at them.
Rashaun Lloyd, a 25-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 19, 2016, in New York, N.Y. New York City police received 911 calls about gunfire at an apartment complex. Police said that officers found a man carrying a handgun and that when they ordered him to drop it, he pointed it at them.
Lyndarius Cortez Witherspoon, a 27-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 11, 2016, in Tupelo, Miss. Witherspoon was a suspect in a homicide. He exchanged gunfire with the officers after a car chase.
John Michael Brisco, a 52-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 9, 2016, in a store in Port Arthur, Tex. Port Arthur police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Walgreen’s pharmacy. The suspect fled on foot, firing a shot into the floor. When officers caught up with him, he brandished the gun.
Willis N. Walker, a 49-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 7, 2016, in Norman, Va. Police said that Walker threatened his estranged wife with a gun and chased her into a neighbor’s home. He shot and killed the neighbor and then brandished the gun at Culpeper County deputies who responded.
Henry Green, a 23-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 6, 2016, on a street in Columbus, Ohio. Two Columbus police officers were patrolling a neighborhood in plainclothes and in an unmarked car when they saw two men standing on a street corner. One of the men was holding a gun. When the officers showed their badges and ordered Green to drop the weapon, he shot at the officers.
Demarco Rhymes, a 35-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on June 4, 2016, in Eufaula, Ala. Eufaula police said Rhymes was a suspect in shootings that had left three people wounded earlier in the day. When police confronted Rhymes, he shot at officers.
Devonte Gates, a 21-year-old black man, was shot on May 26, 2016, in Washington Park, Ill. Caseyville police and members of the U.S. Marshals Service were searching for Gates in connection with two homicides in St. Louis County. Gates was shot and killed after a foot chase.
Sean Ryan Mondragon, a 24-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on May 11, 2016, on a street in Greeley, Colo. Mondragon held two women at gunpoint in a bowling alley, demanding money. Greeley police arrived as he fled the scene and pointed a gun at officers. Police said they found and confronted him as he stole a car from a motorist.
Arthur DaRosa, a 28-year-old black man armed with a knife, was shot on May 10, 2016, in a store in Taunton, Mass. DaRosa stabbed two people to death at a mall and attacked several others. He was shot and killed by an off-duty Plymouth County sheriff’s deputy.
Jaffort Smith, a 33-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on May 9, 2016, on a street in St. Paul, Minn. St. Paul police responded to a report about a man with a gun. Smith shot and wounded a woman and then exchanged gunfire with police.
Deresha Armstrong, a 26-year-old black woman armed with a gun, was shot on May 5, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Orange County sheriff’s deputies were investigating a report of a burglary at a residence. When a deputy found Armstrong, a suspect in the burglary, she pointed a gun at him.
Burt Johnson, a 38-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on May 5, 2016, in Milwaukee, Wis. Milwaukee police were responding to a report of a robbery when they encountered Johnson and exchanged gunfire with him.
Kendar del Rosario, a 37-year-old black man armed with a knife, was shot on April 28, 2016, in Miami, Fla. A Miami police officer on patrol encountered del Rosario after he stabbed a woman and her 2-year-old daughter, police said. The woman died at a hospital.
Demarcus Semer, a 21-year-old black man driving a vehicle, was shot on April 23, 2016, in Fort Pierce, Fla. Fort Pierce police officers had stopped Semer for a traffic violation. He attempted to flee and ran over one of the officers with his car, authorities said.
Demetrius Dorsey, an 18-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on April 18, 2016, in Mableton, Ga. Dorsey held people hostage inside a convenience store. Officers from the the Cobb County police SWAT team shot and killed him after a standoff.
Rico Don Rae Johnson, a 28-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on April 18, 2016, in an apartment in Greenbelt, Md. Greenbelt police responded to a report that a man was firing a gun. Officers said Johnson shot at police from an apartment balcony.
Richard Bard Jr., a 31-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on April 17, 2016, in Vineland, N.J. Bard, a suspect in a mugging, exchanged gunfire with a Vineland police officer.
Quron Williams, a 19-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on April 9, 2016, on a street in Philadelphia, Pa. An off-duty Philadelphia police officer saw a man with a gun robbing an elderly person, police said. The officer identified himself as police and told Williams to drop the gun. The man fled on foot and shot at the officer.
Cameron Gover, a 30-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on April 2, 2016, in a restaurant in Indianapolis, Ind. Indianapolis police were responding to a report of an armed robbery in progress at a McDonald’s. Gover was armed, police said.
James Brown III, a 34-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 31, 2016, in Richmond, Va. Virginia State police said a trooper was speaking with Brown at a Greyhound bus station when the man brandished a gun and shot the trooper. Troopers returned fire, killing Brown. The trooper later died from his wounds.
Matthew Vincent Wood, a 43-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 31, 2016, in Baltimore, Md. Police said the shooting occurred when Baltimore officers who were on patrol saw Wood and his son, Kimani Johnson, get out of a car while armed with guns. Officers believed they were about to shoot a group of people nearby.
Deriante Deon Miller, an 18-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 27, 2016, in Kinston, N.C. A North Carolina trooper was responding to a report of a shooting at a night club. Miller ran toward the trooper while holding a gun.
Jermon Seals, a 22-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 24, 2016, in a parking lot in Blue Springs, Mo. Law enforcement officers confronted Seals and two other men after police say they robbed a Walgreen’s. One of the men brandished a weapon, and Seals was killed.
Thurman Reynolds, a 21-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 19, 2016, in Chicago, Ill. Chicago police were responding to a report of a burglary at a vacant house. Reynolds exchanged gunfire with police, wounding an officer.
Christopher Nelms, a 30-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 17, 2016, in Houston, Tex. Houston police confronted five men outside a furniture store they had just robbed. Nelms was one of two men who were killed in an exchange of gunfire with SWAT team officers.
Lamar Harris, a 29-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 14, 2016, in Chicago, Ill. Chicago police were investigating a report of illegal drug activity when they encountered Harris. The man ran from officers and shot at police, wounding three officers.
Keith Montgomery Jr., a 24-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 13, 2016, in Chester, Pa. Chester police stopped a vehicle that was suspected of being stolen. An officer was wounded and Montgomery was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
Tyre Privott, a 25-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on March 11, 2016, in Norfolk, Va. Norfolk police sought the man on unspecified charges. Privott shot at the officers and was killed.
Cedric Ford, a 38-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Feb. 25, 2016, in Hesston, Kan. Ford shot and killed three people at the Excel Industries lawn mower plant before he was killed by a Harvey County sheriff’s deputy.
Marcos Perea, a 41-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Feb. 20, 2016, after a car chase in Lakewood, Wash. Perea shot and killed his girlfriend at a nursing home. He then led officers from Lakewood, Steilacoom and Pierce County on a car chase. When officers stopped his vehicle, he exchanged gunfire with them.
Mohamed Barry, a 30-year-old black man armed with a machete, was shot on Feb. 11, 2016, in a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Barry attacked several people in a restaurant with a machete. He fled in a car and led Columbus police on a chase. When it ended, he lunged at officers.
Eric Harris, a 22-year-old black man driving a vehicle, was shot on Feb. 8, 2016, in New Orleans, La. Jefferson Parish deputies answered a call about a man pointing a gun at people in a shopping mall. Harris fled and led deputies on a car chase. He crashed and then reversed the vehicle toward deputies.
Charles M. Smith, a 29-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 30, 2016, in a house in Chicago, Ill. Chicago police responded to report of a home invasion by a man armed with a gun. Smith shot at responding officers.
Christopher Michael Dew, a 29-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 29, 2016, in a store in Irving, Tex. Irving police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at a check cashing store. Dew was armed with a shotgun and holding a female employee hostage next to a vehicle.
Randolph McClain, a 33-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 29, 2016, in Lynn, Mass. Lynn police were trying to serve outstanding arrest warrants for McClain. He ran and pointed a gun at officers. He then tried to carjack a woman and again pointed a gun at the police as they closed in.
Johnathan Bratcher, a 32-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 27, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. When Memphis police attempted to stop a vehicle, the driver led police on a short chase before crashing. Two men fled on foot and Bracher fired a gun at officers.
Cedric Norris, a 39-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 21, 2016, in Eufaula, Okla. Norris robbed a Eufaula bank, fatally shooting one employee and wounding another. He took a woman hostage and fled from officers in a vehicle, exchanging gunfire with them during the chase.
Timothy Albert, a 40-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 20, 2016, in Port Barre, La. Albert was holding his girlfriend hostage and threatened to shoot her. When St. Landry sheriff’s deputies entered the residence, he pointed a rifle at them.
Crayton West, a 52-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 17, 2016, in a restaurant in St. Louis, Mo. A person flagged down a St. Louis police officer and told him a robbery was in progress at a nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken. When the officer approached the restaurant, West pointed a gun at him.
Rakeem Bentley, a 24-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 15, 2016, in Southfield, Mich. An FBI task force was conducting an undercover operation at a hotel. Bentley, a fugitive from Kentucky, exchanged gunfire with an officer. Bentley shot the officer, who was wearing body armor, in the chest.
Germonta Wallace, a 30-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 3, 2016, in a house in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte police were attempting to arrest Wallace in connection with a homicide. He began shooting at officers.
These are the people Hillary is so worked up over?
Are these “unjustified” shootings of blacks by police?
You know, after reading this list I no longer embrace the counter-notion that “ALL” Lives Matter, because, well, theirs don’t. Not to me. Sorry. I’m glad they’re gone so they can’t hurt anyone else. And I’m grateful to the men in blue who took out this garbage.
Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach and publisher of Nevada News & Views