Another Trayvon Martin...
By Dennis Loo (3/29/12)
As reported by the LA Times on March 29, 2012,
“[Kendrec] McDade, a football standout at Azusa High School who attended Citrus College, died of his injuries at Huntington Memorial Hospital [in Pasadena on Saturday, March 24, 2012]. Police spent the next two days looking for a gun or the stolen laptop computer, but said they found neither.”
How odd… you shoot down another young black man in cold blood, alleging that he was “making a move for his waistband;” you continue to claim that he was a robbery suspect; and yet you can find neither a gun nor a stolen laptop computer after searching the area for two days.
What a shock! No gun? Wasn’t there a throw down weapon handy in the police’s trunk to plant on this young black man that you have executed? What’s wrong with our police today? Budget cuts mean they don’t have throw down guns available?
And then you arrest the 911 caller on March 28, 2012, who alleged a gun in his alleged holdup, and blame him for it? No doubt he contributed, the bastard, but to say, as Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez claims: "The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers” conveniently ignores the fact that the mindset of all too many police officers is that if you’re black and especially if you’re a young black male, then the officer is going to shoot first and ask questions (designed to distract from the facts and blame the victim) later.
The police say that McDade ran when he saw the officers pursuing him.
What do you think most black youth think when they see police chase after them?
It’s the slave owners’ thugs after the slaves again.
The historical roots of police departments in the south originate in runaway slave patrols who would recapture the ungrateful escaping slaves and bring them back to their paradise on the plantations.
This is why Richard Pryor said in his comic monologue that when he’s stopped by police in his car he says to them in an exaggeratedly slow and deliberate fashion: “I’m … reaching … into… my … pants .. now … to GET… my … WALLET.”
From the LA Times story again:
"Those who knew McDade said they cannot believe what happened.
"'He was a good kid who was never in trouble, never got suspended from school or anything like that,' said Joe Scherf, head football coach at Azusa High. 'His mother was always behind him, making sure he was doing the right thing. I remember she pulled him out of practice when he got a really bad grade.'"
Despite parents' best efforts to make sure that their kids do the right thing, this racist system that doesn't allow them to survive doesn't care. As far as they're concerned, you're black and therefore you're a target.