The headline says: “Protests erupt in St. Louis after cops fatally shoot teen suspect.” Since it doesn’t say “unarmed teen suspect,” we can infer that the suspect was a criminal who tried to kill the cops. Sure enough:
Officers arrested at least nine people and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis over the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city’s police chief said.
The #BlackLivesMatter folks think the police should be required to wait until the criminal actually fires at them before shooting back. If they are still alive to do so. Was this decedent another “gentle giant”? Apparently not:
Two police officers serving a search warrant Wednesday afternoon at a home in a crime-troubled section of the city’s north side encountered two suspects, one of which was Ball-Bey, the chief said. The suspects were fleeing the home as Ball-Bey, who was black, turned and pointed a handgun at the officers, who shot him, Dotson said. He died at the scene. …
Dotson said four guns, including the handgun wielded by the dead suspect, and crack cocaine were recovered at or near the home, which last year yielded illegal guns during a police search.
You might think the police officers should be congratulated on surviving a potentially deadly encounter with a criminal. You would be wrong:
Roughly 150 people gathered Wednesday afternoon near the scene of the shooting, questioning the use of deadly force. Some chanted “Black Lives Matter,” a mantra used after [Michael] Brown’s death.
See, if you think your life matters, you shouldn’t be dealing crack cocaine. And if you insist on dealing crack cocaine, or hanging out with people who deal or use crack cocaine, and police officers execute a search warrant on a house where you are, you really shouldn’t try to kill them. These are apparently novel concepts to the #BlackLivesMatter opportunists.
Mansur Ball-Bey was an aspiring rapper; as a rapper, he went by “ManMan.” In social media, he liked to pose with guns:
His family says that “Ball-Bey had the guns only to act in music videos, not because he was using them to commit crimes.” No doubt he was just about to hit the big time when he pulled out a music video prop at the wrong moment.
Cars were burned in St. Louis in “protests” over Ball-Bey’s encounter with the police.
It’s a sad story, and it is painfully obvious that the #BlackLivesMatter people are part of the problem, not part of the solution.