Originally Posted by Yeah
Let me preface this by saying that I was born, raised, and live in Minneapolis (Southside we outside.) This article fails to mention why police were called in the first place. Police were called to the scene because this dude beat his girlfriend to the point that EMTs had to be called to the scene. To make matters worse, the EMTs were the ones who called the police because this dude was trying to interfere with them while they were treating his bloodied up girlfriend. After police arrived there was a scuffle instigated by him refusing to leave the scene. The point at which the gun shot occurred and whether or not he was cuffed is where the uncertainty lies - there is no uncertainty about him beating his girl, fighting with the EMTs, and refusing to leave the scene.
I say that to say this: I don't know this dude. I don't know the circumstances. No one outside of those two officers and maybe the EMTs know, either. Nor do the people who go to Elks Lodge, who were watching from a distance and almost assuredly under the influence of at least alcohol. (That place is NOTORIOUS for having a less than stellar crowd - guns and knives being drawn is a regular thing, but that's another topic for another day.) The silver lining is that MPD admits to this uncertainty, and asked for a federal investigation before the NAACP could even formally make the request, released the names of the officers involved after placing them on leave per protocol, and have been actively working with certain* members of the community to ensure voices are heard.
That asterisk is a major part of why these protests are occurring. The black lives matters organizers here in MN are a joke. They are protesting because law enforcement hasn't been bending to their will and have elected to work with other community groups, like the NAACP. All of their demands have been met (many before there was even a list of demands,) and at this point the they're just going around the city shouting for justice for a dude who beat up his girlfriend. They blocked the highway, preventing people FROM THEIR OWN COMMUNITY from getting to work. They are the physical embodiment of hustling backwards, from refusing to talk to white media (someone said "we have our own media outlets," then refused to name one,) to protesting for demands that have already been met, to generally making terrible leadership decisions like when they blocked a marathon for charity and protested outside the governors mansion while he was out of state, just for two more examples.
Am I sad that a fellow black man has died? Yes. Am I outraged about it? ABSOLUTELY NOT... Yet. I'm not justifying the actions of the officers, but based on the facts of this story, it doesn't seem like he was the most upstanding dude. I'm not saying he deserved it, but I am saying that it's entirely possible that he did try to fight the officers and thus the use of force was justified from THEIR perspective. It's an unfortunate situation, but I would not be depressed that a guy who beat his girl got shot after trying to fight with EMTs and LEOs.
When the video is released and it shows him not being a threat (forget the handcuffs, if he's lying on the ground he shouldn't be shot), I'll be outraged. If that video shows that he was actually trying to fight the officers on the scene, no tears will be shed.
-Dude beat up his girlfriend, someone called 911, then he tried to fight EMTs.
-EMTs called police on him, he refuses to leave the scene when they arrive, then a scuffle occurs ending with Jamar Clark being shot.
-MPD has met or exceeded the requests/demands of the community to this point.
-BLM is essentially protesting on an empty platform until the results of the federal investigation are shared, while also doing things that are detrimental to people in their own community.