As a mother of a thirty year old son I worry every day that he is safe out there in the mean streets of San Jose California. Being an African American male or a person of color in this country is like being a turkey, at a turkey shoot. The definition of a Turkey Shoot is (a situation, typically in a war, in which one side has an overwhelming advantage). The reason I feel this way is, that some police officers who put on a badge think that it gives them a license to do whatever they want. Even to kill and hide behind the good ole statement “I feared for my life”.
This was the case of Police Officer Jason Van Dyke for a whole 13 months he tried to justify the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On October 20, 2014 Laquan McDonald was running and then walking down the middle of a street in Chicago carrying a 3 inch knife. Police officers supposed to have been following him because he was suspected of breaking into cars. I’m not calling Jason Van Dyke police officer anymore, he proceeded to get out of his police car and within seconds started shooting. Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald the first time while he was walking away and then proceeded to walk over to him while he was lying on the ground and shot him 15 more times. I don’t know what Jason Van Dyke was thinking at the time he killed Laquan McDonald but I think it is fair to say he had hatred in his heart. To shoot someone 16 times you have to have hate in you. I’m so glad that the video was shown it tells the whole story it is appalling. Some police officers have gotten away with the murder of so many people for hundreds of years. Enough Is Enough!