Police and legal reform has long been an issue in the USA. Now, yet another horrifying incident has hit headlines...
It seems there's no end to the terrible cop stories this week.
But this story might be the strangest yet.
We all know that police brutality has long been an issue here in the states.
For too long now, our law enforcement has been riddled with unnecessary force and violence, particularly among minority communities.
Our police officers are supposed to be protecting us...
But, sadly, there are a select few who choose to abuse their power and privilege, rather than use it for the better.
The Black Lives Matter protests that happened across the country last year provided perfect evidence of this.
There were some officers who, instead of looking out for and supervising the protestor's safety, responded with needless violence.
It doesn't help that countless lives have been lost at the hands of police brutality, too.
George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are just 2 of the lives needlessly lost at the hands of violent police officers.
And, when a teenage boy was fatally shot by a police officer in Chicago last month...
Sadly, many people weren't too shocked.
Prosecutors claimed that thirteen-year-old Adam was holding a gun when he ran down the alley as an officer called for him to stop and drop the weapon...
And when he refused, the officer was left with no choice but to shoot.
Police initially said the person "was pronounced deceased on the scene," but didn't specify the age of the person the officer had shot.
The police department later tweeted a photo of a gun allegedly recovered at the scene.
However, bodycam footage from the incident contradicts everything the police department had initially claimed.
In the moments before the shooting, Adam could be seen holding what appears to be a gun behind his back, which he dropped behind a wooden fence just before raising his hands.
However, despite putting his hands in the air with no weapon in sight, Adam was shot.
The footage shows him collapsing to the ground as the officer ran over, called for an ambulance, and began CPR with the help of another officer. "Stay with me," he could be heard saying to Adam more than once.
Sadly, Adam could not be saved and died at the scene.
Following this horrifying story, another soon surfaced.
And the internet was disappointed but not surprised.
Karen Garner, a grandmother with dementia from Colorado, was forcefully tackled by Loveland Police Officer Austin Hopp in Colorado.
She has dementia and sensory aphasia; an inability to understand spoken and written speech, and had wandered away from her family in Walmart, taking a Pepsi, a t-shirt, and some wipes with her.
The cop believed she had taken the items on purpose and after following her tackled her to the ground.
She was left with dislocated shoulder, a fractured humerus bone, and a sprained wrist.
Her attorney, Sarah Schielke, told VICE:
"If somebody's dumb enough, in their mind, to not capitulate, they're going to pay for it. Even if you're an elderly disabled lady."
And now another bizarre story has brought attention to the need for police and legal reform...
A 6-year-old boy was recently arrested in North Carolina.
His crime? Picking a tulip.
This follows celebrations at the low age of detention in the state.
just a mid-week reminder of things we do as a country pic.twitter.com/M7rzUPMtMG— Taniel (@Taniel) March 18, 2021
"Should children who believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy be making these significant life choices? I think the answer is no. Passing legislation like this can be so impactful for our kids," New Hanover County Chief District Court Judge Jay Corpening asked.
Lyana Hunter of the New Hanover County public defender's office told WECT News 6, "A 6-year-old … we're talking about someone that's in kindergarten, first grade. They don't understand the process, they don't understand what's going on, they probably don't even know their address. The earlier that you introduce a child to the criminal justice system, the higher the chances are that they will remain in the criminal justice system."
I know this story is really about legal and judicial reform (the pursuit of reform is problematic, in itself) but I need to know more about the person (or people) who would call the police on a 6-year-old for picking a flower https://t.co/WrUNnjn9ye— Austin McCoy (@AustinMcCoy3) March 21, 2021
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