The story of Jonathan Price killing was just another case of a Black man murdered by police, nothing to see here right?
In fact, hardly an eyebrow has been raised in his killing which occurred in a small Texas town several days ago.
We reported on the killing, surprisingly his killer has been arrested on murder charges by the Texas Rangers.
It is not every day that a cop who summarily murders a Black man is even disciplined, let alone arrested and charged with his murder.
There is a twist to this killing though, Black victims of police violence are generally demonized by whites, made to be responsible for their own deaths.
If only he complied with police commands, if only he did not resist, if only he did not move, if only he showed his hands, if only he did not run, if only he did not stand, if only he did not sit, if only he did not talk back, if only he answered the cop’s questions, if only he was not so big, if only .….……
But from all accounts this man Jonathan Price exemplified all of those [if only’s] .…..In a Facebook post below Jonathan Price had much to say about race, the police, and even slighted Black Lives Matter(BLM).
Many people pointed to the irony of Price’s post and the fact that he was shot by the police, even though he cozied up to them and literally dissed those who spoke out against systemic police violence.
I was raised by the Malone’s and Woodruff’s in my hometown for a LARGE amount of my youth, was my 2nd family then, and still are in 2020 if I have to say anything. The amount of food fed to me they spent on me, outweighs any BS about race or color right now. I have family that’s never done a DAMN THING for me, or supported my business ventures and they’re my BLOOD They will FOREVER be 1,000,000 in my book & they know who they are! They’re to blame for my country side and addiction to white women not complaining one bit
The conversation around Price’s death with all due respect, is larger than the anger his family members feel about social media comments. Truth be told he was not hesitant about savaging them in a public forum either/.…. so there is that.
Price’s death goes to the larger issue of how white police see every situation in black and white and how it dangerously exposes literally every Black person to violence and death at the hands of state agents paid and supported by their tax dollars.
The idea of supporting good Law enforcement and radically denouncing dirty racist cops who are vested with the power fo life and death, who brutalize and murder based on ignorant biases is not a binary choice.
The problem for Politicians on both the political right and left is that they are all bought and paid for with money from police unions.
Because they are bought and paid for aggrieved parties can expect no response from their political leaders. If they take the union support they are beholden, if they refuse it, they are demonized as anti-law enforcement by the Unions.
It is a type of Mafioso vice grip in which police have held elected officials, most of whom lack the balls to break free from their lawless clutches.
According to a just-released report: Jonathan Price asked the cop if he was “doing good,” and apologized for the broken glass around him, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Trying to be friendly, trying to be that non-threatening Black man, trying to be treated as a human being should by surrendering his dignity on the altar of acceptance.
It did not help him!
In the moments before Jonathan Price was gunned down by a small-town police officer outside a Texas gas station, he extended his arm for a handshake, according to court records. He asked the cop if he was “doing good.” He apologized for the broken glass around him. Once Lucas arrived at the scene, Price, 31, approached to ask how the officer was doing, according to the affidavit, which relied on body-camera footage, physical evidence, and eyewitness testimony of the incident.
“Price came very close to Officer Lucas asking ‘you doing good’ multiple times while extending his hand in a handshake gesture,” the probable cause affidavit said. “Price apologized for broken glass on the ground and stated someone had ‘tried to wrap me up.’”
Moments later Jonathan Price was tased and shot four times, it was the end of a man who went out of his way to praise the police.
Robert Rogers the attorney who represented Amber Guyger the cop who murdered Botham Shem Jean has been retained by Lucas.
Robert Lucas was quick to do what they always do.
“After Mr. Price refused repeated instructions and physically resisted, Officer Lucas deployed his Taser and continued to give Mr. Price instructions. Mr. Price resisted the effects of the Taser and attempted to take it away from Officer Lucas,” “Officer Lucas only discharged his weapon in accordance with Texas law when he was confronted with an aggressive assailant who was attempting to take his Taser.”
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