Thursday, September 25, 2014

Truly Shocking Video: Cop Shoots Black Man for No Apparent Reason

From AlterNet:

In an incident captured by the police car's Dash Cam, South Carolina state trooper Sean Groubert approaches Levar Jones as Jones gets out of his car at a gas station. Groubert asks to see Jones' license, and Jones turns around to retrieve it from his car. Groubert starts yelling, "Get out of the car, get out of the car," and opens fire, shooting at Jones four times, and striking him at least once, reportedly, in the hip.

More here.

There's a Michael Brown every other day, and a Trayvon Martin on the days in between. This is the truth: black life is cheaper than white life, a lot cheaper, and as long as we keep confusing the issue by treating all these shootings of African Americans as individual "isolated incidents" which may or may not have legitimacy, without looking at what is OBVIOUSLY a clear pattern of racist abuse coming down from the institutions which own and operate our society, black life will continue to be cheap. And the blood on America's hands will become ever more difficult to wash clean.

At least in this particular case, the shooter was charged with a crime. But, as we all know, that's something of a rarity.