Of course they do, but it is questionable if they all matter the same to the people stopping traffic with signs that say “Black Lives Matter” or “Stop Police Violence” as the black lives that matter to them only seem to matter when taken by a police officer.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – August 13, 2016
Two uniformed officers pulled over a car with two people inside it around the 3200 block of North 44th Street at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 13.
“Shortly after stopping the suspects, both occupants fled from the car on foot. The officers pursued the suspects, and during the foot pursuit one officer shot one suspect, armed with a semiautomatic handgun,” police said in a press release. 23 yr. old Sylville Smith died at the scene, police said.
Mayor Tom Barrett said the two officers involved in the chase and shooting were both wearing body cameras, and the cameras were operational. He said the officer ordered the man to drop his gun twice and then fired several times when he refused. Barrett said a photo from the body camera clearly shows Smith had the gun in his hand when he was killed.
Police said the other suspect, who has not yet been named, was taken into custody and is facing charges. The shooting came after five fatal shootings during a nine-hour stretch from Friday night to Saturday morning. It occurred just blocks from three of those homicides, police told the Journal Sentinel.
“As everyone knows, this was a very, very violent 24 hours in the city of Milwaukee,” Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup said. “Our officers are out here taking risks on behalf of the community and making split-second decisions.”
Protests Become Riots
There were no protests about the 5 others killed between Friday and Saturday morning, but protests did arise from the police shooting of Smith. It did not matter that the police officer that shot Smith was also black, or that Smith had a stolen firearm and refused to drop it.
Those protests as we all know, did not remain peaceful. The protests led to looting and unrest in the city that night, with several buildings, including a gas station, auto-parts store, hair salon, bank and liquor stores set on fire.
Rioters were also firing shots which kept the first responders from being able to render aid to burning businesses. As the situation went from protest to riot, officers got into their cars trying to leave when people in the crowd started smashing the windows of their squad cars.
Several police cars were damaged. One was set on fire and two others were hit by rocks and other debris, sending one officer to the hospital with a head injury.
“Once again the police have failed to protect us like they say they was going to do,” Smith’s brother, who did not give his name, said. “If we don’t have anyone to protect us then this is what you get. You get riots. We losing loved ones every day to the people sworn in to protect us.”
He said, “it’s the police. This is the madness that they spark up. This is what they provoke. This is what you get. You taking get a lot of people that’s hurt and they can’t vent the right way. So this is what you get. We not the ones that killing us, ya’ll are killing us. We can’t make a change if ya’ll don’t change.”
Of course those statements by Smith’s brother are not factual as 94% of black men and killed by other black men according to FBI statistics. According to FBI data, 4,906 black people murdered other blacks in 2010 and 2011. That is 1,460 more black Americans killed by other blacks in two years than were lynched from 1882 to 1968, according to the Tuskegee Institute.
Police are not the problem. At the current rate of blacks killed by police, it would take the police 40 years to kill as many black men as have died at the hands of others black men in just 2012 alone.
What Is the Real Cause of These Riots?
If it isn’t really the police at fault, who’s fault is it? Milwaukee Country Sheriff David Clarke, believes there is a serious social problem at the heart of the unrest and the incidents with police nationwide.
But he thinks racism is not the chief cause. Clarke said the police shooting Saturday was simply an “igniter.”
“Here is what causes riots,” he said. “We have inescapable poverty in the city of Milwaukee. Milwaukee is sixth poorest city in America. You have massive black unemployment; I think at 32 percent. You have a failing K-12 public education system. It’s one of the worst in the nation. You have questionable lifestyle choices. Some of this is self-inflicted. All the kids with no fathers around, father, absent homes. When fathers are not around to shape behavior of young men, they often times grow up to be unmanageable misfits.”
Sheriff Clarke cited statistics that show about 70 percent of the children born in Milwaukee don’t have “an engaged father in their life,” he said it’s “progressive policies that have marginalized black dads.”
“They push them to the side, said you’re not needed. Uncle Sam is going to be the dad. He’s going to provide for kids. He’s going to feed the kids,” Sheriff Clarke said.
“But Uncle Sam has been a horrible father. Uncle Sam does not like the kids. He keeps a little food in their mouth and that’s about it. But we all know the importance of an intact family, what it can do to shape behavior of kids.”
“This has been a total collapse, a disaster,” Sheriff Clarke said. “These progressive policies have hit the black community like a nuclear blast. And until we reverse this, this government dependency, that is what creates all of this, and it encourages it by the way, along with questionable lifestyle choices.”
The sheriff said that “until the black community does a self-evaluation and until they begin to self-criticize about some of the lifestyle choices they are making, this stuff is going to continue to fester and it’s going to continue.”
Sheriff Clarke specifically called on Milwaukee’s “political class,” led by “progressive Democrats,” to be honest and admit the government dependency they have established has “backfired.”
The sheriff, however, advocated gradual reform, saying “you can’t pull rug out from under people all at once. Let’s slowly start to reverse this and make people, make people reach for self-sufficiency. Over time you can reverse this.”
He charged that progressives are motivated by “black votes” and maintain their power by “keeping black people hooked on the high of handouts.”
The Media Strikes Again
CNN reported that Sherelle Smith, the sister of Sylville Smith, the armed man shot by Milwaukee Police, was calling for peace on the streets in her neighborhood.
Calling its report “Residents try to heal,” CNN showed only few seconds of the words uttered by Sherelle Smith, the young woman’s edited comments make it seem as if she was calling for peace, but a closer look at all her comments, reveals that rather than just calling for an end to the destruction in her own neighborhood, she actually asked the rioters to take their destruction to the suburbs.
In the clip CNN showed, they said that “Smith’s sister Sherelle Smith condemned the violence, saying the community needs the businesses affected.” Then they cut to Smith who is seen saying, “Don’t bring that violence here.”
However, what she actually said was, “Burnin down shit ain’t going to help nothin! Y’all burnin’ down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down! We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”
Later Ana Cabrera from CNN tweeted: “We shorthanded sister’s quote. Unintentionally gave the impression she was calling for peace everywhere.”
How many things like this is the media getting past us though? They barely admit fault when caught outright lying or deceiving us when they are supposed to be presenting an unbiased look at the truth. Can we actually take anything presented by the news as factual anymore?
This is more than taking things out of context, this is a deliberate twisting of facts going on as has also happened recently with presidential polls that were manipulated to show a different outcome.
Always research the facts on your own.