Lives Lost and Double Standards

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Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 5.05.41 PMHave you heard about Dylan Noble? On June 25, the unarmed teen was shot to death by Fresno police, following a traffic stop. Rather fascinating is the fact that the chief of police said that Noble was reaching for a gun, when the cops shot him, dead.  He had no criminal record.  There has been a cover-up, of disgusting proportions.  There are a few differences between the shooting of Dylan Noble, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile.  First, the protest over the shooting of Noble was very limited in scope.  No media bothered carrying it.  No one was upset but his family.  No politician mentioned his death.  There were no marches.  There were no tears.  The cops are not being held accountable.  Basically, no one cares.  President Obama did not call his family.  He did not invite them to the White House.  There were no dignitaries at his funeral.

“…Two officers in the area spotted Noble “peeling out” in his black pickup truck and pulled him over at a Chevron gas station. A body camera on the officer who drove the police vehicle captures him and his partner drawing their guns as they step from their squad car.

“Turn off the truck,” the officer says. “Get your hands out the window. Both hands out the window.”

Noble’s truck door appears to swing open.

“No, I didn’t tell you to get out,” the officer behind the camera continues. “Hey, let me see both your hands. Let me see both your hands.”

Noble appears to hold his left hand up but not his right.

“Let me see your hands. Get both your hands out. Both your hands,” the officer says, calling for backup. “Let me see your hands. Let me see your hands. Let me see your hands.”

“Both hands. Both hands,” says the partner as a third officer arrives and racks his shotgun. (His body-camera footage was also released Wednesday.)

“Get your hands out where we can see them,” shouts the first officer’s partner.

“Both your hands,” the first officer says.

“Other hand. Right hand up. Right hand up,” his partner says.

“I think we have a dog with us,” the officer with the shotgun says.

“Subject keeps reaching for his waistband,” the first officer says into his radio.

“He’s getting out of the car,” the officer with the shotgun shouts.

Multiple officers frantically shout for Noble to get on the ground.

“We don’t have a dog?” the officer with the shotgun asks.

“Let me see your hands,” the first officer tells Noble as he holds his right hand behind his back and walks toward them. “Stop, stop reaching. Stop.”

“Get down on the ground. Get down on the ground now. Get your f—ing ass on the ground,” the officer with the shotgun says. “Fresno Police Department. Drop whatever you have in your hand.”

“Drop,” the first officer says.

“If you come forward, you’re going to get shot, man,” the officer with the shotgun says.

“Stop,” the first officer says.

“Get on the ground now,” the officer with the shotgun says.

“I fucking hate my life,” Noble shouts.

Two shots, apparently fired by the first officer, ring out and Noble falls to the pavement on his stomach. An object — later determined to be a 4-by-4-inch piece of clear plastic, according to the Bee — falls to the ground.

“Shots fired, subject down,” the officer with the shotgun says into his radio.

“Get your hands up” the first officer says.

Noble then rolls onto his back.

“Let me see your hands,” the officer with the shotgun says.

Noble then appears to reach with his right hand toward his waistband.

“Keep your hands up,” the officer with the shotgun shouts. “I cannot see his hands.”

A third shot rings out, apparently fired by the first officer.

“Dude, keep your hands out,” the officer with the shotgun says.

“Don’t reach with your hands,” the first officer says.

“Quit reaching for what you’ve got,” the officer with the shotgun says. “Keep your hands out. Dude, if you reach one more time, you will get shot again. Stop.”

Noble’s right hand moves again toward his waistband.

“Dude,” the officer with the shotgun says, firing once at Noble.

“Dude, do not reach again, please,” the officer with the shotgun says…”

The cops murdered this kid.  There’s one big difference.  This is from the Daily Wire:

Daily Wire
Daily Wire

Unlike Anton Sterling, Noble was not a career criminal with a history of pulling guns on cops. He did not fit the description of a man who had robbed a convenience store. Instead, the cops were answering a call that someone in a pick-up truck had a gun. Noble shouted that he hated his life, and did not appear to obey the cops. There are some who say this was suicide by cop. It might have been, had they not fired those second shots. It then clearly became cold-blooded murder.

It is quite obvious there is a double standard in this country.  If you can’t figure out what that double standard is, you are part of the problem, and not the solution.  You wonder how Noble’s family felt, watching the protests and the politicians discuss these other two police killings.  I would think, knowing that the President of the United States is meeting with the family of one man, a career criminal, and probably doesn’t even know about the murder of the 19-year-old kid from Fresno, Noble’s parents must be quite bitter.  Evidently the life of their son does not matter as much as the lives of Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile.  Their lives mattered.  They mattered as much as the life of Dylan Noble.  The problem, though, in our popular culture, Dylan Noble’s life does not matter as much as theirs – at least not to Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or the media.

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