Once again video footage has emerged exposing police officers’ version of a death at their own hands as being nothing more than lies. According to the initial statements put out by the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department, a group of police officers were involved with a physical altercation with 44 year-old African American Tulsa resident Eric Harris. The video however demonstrates that the only struggle which actually occurred was Eric Harris’s struggle for breath as several police officers were engaged in what was essentially a ritual execution. After 73 year-old white reserve deputy officer Robert Bates pulled out his deadly weapon and shot Eric Harris (Bates claimed he meant to reach for his taser, the same defense used by Johannes Mehserle when killing Oscar Grant in 2009), Harris can be seen bleeding profusely and is in obvious need of medical attention in order to preserve his life. No such help is on the way, and when Harris, in a state of shock, exclaims to the officers accompanying Bates,
“He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh, my god. I’m losing my breath“,
an unknown deputy heartlessly screams, “Fuck your breath!” and “Shut the fuck up!”
All of this occurs while yet another officer is kneeling on the head of the dying man. None of the officers seem to be very concerned about yet another unarmed person losing his life on their watch, and one of the cops even says to his victim, “You shouldn’t have fucking ran!”
The police chief later claimed, rather absurdly, that the officers involved simply didn’t realize Harris had been shot. Apparently Bates rather loudly exclaiming “I shot him!” and Harris even more audibly yelling “He shot me! Oh my god!” weren’t enough to indicate to these officers that Harris had indeed been shot.
Officers justified chasing Mr. Harris down and murdering him in cold blood by alleging that Harris tried to illegally sell a firearm to an undercover agent, an action that, while not exactly condonable, seems to only become an issue with authorities if engaged in by Black men.
And the officers’ faces were blanked out because…?
I guess to “protect their identities” just what I expect from the corporate media
Nothing less than a conviction and serious jail time is acceptable. We have to finally stand up and put an end to this madness.
Amen to that!
I think the tide is finally turning in terms of prosecuting some of these assholes.
I think you’re right, but hopefully there will be not just prosecutions but convictions, and not only th
at but they should not be allowed out early when no one is paying attention as usually happens.
I didn’t think that after shooting an animal that it would be necessary to place physical pressure on their head and neck. Not only did those cops do that, they used profanity while doing so. What ever happened to professionals being above reproach?
What a sad excuse for “professionalism” we have here in the States!
A New Zealand Website –
The shooter has been charged with second degree murder
That’s somewhat shocking I must say!
Funny thing is, that actually don’t show the reason why they were chasing him. How can we believe that they are telling the truth that he was trying to sell a firearm to an undercover agent – why was he then unarmed – normally there would be a concealed weapon somewhere.
Very interesting point indeed! Where is the alleged gun he was trying to sell?
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When, where, how …. does is stop!! #BlackLivesMatter
Deliberate provocations will at some point spark violent civil war and maybe that’s the whole point.
so far this “civil war” is incredibly one-sided with the police being the main aggressors.
I agree Caleb. It would seem that the provocations are to spark social chaos and then the authorities can declare martial law. I think this is all by design.
Well if they’re not careful they may be playing with fire and eventually spark the revolution they so fear coming.