BY COURTNEY KIRCHEFF
Well here’s a narrative-buster if ever there was one. Cops in Fresno shot an unarmed white man, Dylan Noble, four times after he repeatedly disobeyed the officers’ calls to keep his hands up, to lay down on the ground, and to keep his hands in the air.
Watch the police body cam for video. Warning: graphic.
Okay, so let’s unpack this.
Firstly, this incident happened in June. Look at your calendar. It’s mid-July now. Do you think it would’ve taken this long for #BlackLivesMatter to react to the shooting of an unarmed black man?
Secondly, the cops asked this guy multiple times, with their guns drawn, for Dylan Noble to show both of his hands. Noble didn’t. They kept asking. Noble didn’t show them. Cops still didn’t shoot.
Thirdly, Dylan Noble got out of the car and started walking away. Cops repeatedly told him to keep his hands up where they could see them, then to get down on the ground. Instead, Noble walked towards the cops and put his hand behind his back. Likely not to pick a wedgie.
Cops still didn’t shoot… they both kept yelling at him to stop, keep his hands up, and get down on the ground. When Noble pulled his hand back from behind his back (as if he was drawing a weapon), cops shot him.
THEN, as Noble is ON THE GROUND, cops are still asking him to show his hands. Noble still, after being shot, puts his hands in his waistband (where weapons are usually kept).
Cops shoot him.
There are two investigations underway for this shooting. But if you watch the video, put yourselves in the cops’ positions.
Here’s another mental exercise. What would you do if two cops had their guns drawn on you? Would you disobey repeated orders from them, or would you do as they said? Even if you did have a wedgie.
How you answer that question determines how you’re going to live your life, if you’re going to live at all. Do not screw around with cops. Do not resist arrest. The wedgie can wait. You’ve waited before. When they tell you to keep your hands where you can see them, keep your hands where you can see them. If you disobey, if you’re acting suspicious, if you’re forcefully resisting arrest and an officer (or in this case two), fear for their own safety, you might get shot. Regardless of your race.
You know why else this story didn’t break the newswires as soon as it happened? Because Dylan Noble is white. Far more white men are shot by cops than black men.1 I already used a science gif, so I’ll have to go with a different gif…
Yep, cops more often shoot white men than black men. Despite the constant bitching, protesting fest #BlackLivesMatter keeps pitching. Here, we have some stats for you on this matter. Watch and read Let’s Hate All Cops: FACTS ARE RACIST!
Then, to further debunk the #BlackLivesMatter myth that racist cops love shooting black people, watch this video. Because as it turns out, most officer involved shootings are not “black and white.” See what I did there?
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