In yet another case of police shooting, a New Jersey Police Officer shot and wounded a Black man in front of his two sons.
At a time when the tension between the law enforcement and the Black community is too high, yet a new case of police related shooting arises following the shooting of an unarmed Black man in front of his two sons by a New Jersey Police Officer. What did the unarmed Black man do to deserve being killed in such a heartless manner? Find out from the information below assembled from different respectable sources.
— North Jersey News (@NorthJerseybrk) October 31, 2016
The Huffington Post
Activists are pushing for the release of body camera footage and the name of a New Jersey police officer who shot a 41-year-old black man in Paterson, New Jersey, this weekend.
Larry “Sincere” Bouie and Tasha Wade were in the car with their two sons when the vehicle’s battery died near a police station on Saturday. Bouie tried to find help and ran into his brother, who was selling merchandise on a nearby street. His brother declined to assist the family because he was working.
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) November 1, 2016
Soon after, Bouie became emotional, Wade told the Paterson Times on Sunday.
“He was wilding and going crazy,” she said. “We tried to call an ambulance and calm him down, but couldn’t calm him. Then police came. She got out of the car, he was still acting crazy, she pulled out her gun, and she shot him.”
Bouie was unarmed at the time of the shooting, his brother and Wade say. He is now in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Read more
On Sunday, Wade and Greg reported to local news outlets that police prevented them from seeing Bouie at all.
The shooting is currently under investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities have yet to release the name of the officer involved, though the Paterson chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM) is now demanding her name.
“Instead of de-escalating when called, officers instead escalate with violence, leaving the victim injured or worse,” BLM organizer Zellie Imani said in a Sunday press statement responding to the shooting. “Investments in sensitivity trainings for police do not necessarily reduce frequency or increase accountability in police killings of community members. They simply expand an already bloated police budget. Instead, those funds should be taken away from police departments and invested in agencies and institutions specifically trained to support individuals in need.”
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) October 31, 2016
BLM started a Change.org petition over the weekend, demanding not only the name of the officer who shot Bouie, but the creation of an independent and transparent Civilian Complaint Review Board with investigatory powers.
Imani told ThinkProgress that police are regularly called about community shootings, but they are often too slow to respond. When officers intervene in a timely way, as in the case of Bouie’s shooting, they make things worse.
“There’s this thing where people want safety, but we realize that safety isn’t coming from the police officers themselves,” Imani said. “When we do call them for support, someone ends up being harmed that wasn’t supposed to be harmed.” See more
Bouie’s girlfriend questions why officers did not try to deescalate the situation before resorting to gun violence.https://t.co/Zyr9DCD8OH
— DiversityInc.com (@DiversityInc) November 1, 2016
Gregory Bouie said he tried to obtain information from the New Jersey Police, but was not allowed inside the headquarters. “They blocked me from going in there. They didn’t care I was his brother,” he said.
Authorities said information is subject to change as it develops. No arrests have been made in the incident, prosecutors said on Sunday afternoon.
Gregory Bouie said he feels police are targeting his family. He said he was allegedly beaten by officers outside of an auto repair shop on North 9th Street in 2013. He sued and the city paid him $39,500 to settle the lawsuit in May of this year.
“It’s like they are doing this to my family,” said Gregory Bouie. “What they going to do kill my whole family?”
— Paterson Times (@PatersonTimes) October 30, 2016
Gregory Bouie said his brother was released from prison on parole recently after serving time for a domestic violence conviction. See more
The number of Police related shootings of Black people just keeps increasing by the day. The New Jersey Police officer, who is yet to be identified, is one of many cops contributing into the new perception of the police: more and more people prefer not to call them as in many situations law enforcement turn out to be more dangerous than useful. The officer in question was blind and deaf to the comments concerning the state of his victim and his possible needs. It’s neither the first nor the last case and the only question remains for the majority of African-Americans… Who’s next?