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13-Year Old Boy Shot 8 Times by Police

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Jimmell Cannon, 13, was shot 8 times in the shoulders, hand, and leg by Chicago Police on Monday in West Humboldt Park neighborhood. While he is at Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, his family is looking for answers. The way they saw the events unfold is not the same thing Chicago Police report.

According to NBC Chicago, “Chicago Police say a 13-year-old boy was pointing a weapon at officers when they were forced to shoot him….but the teen’s family said Jimmell Cannon wasn’t holding a gun and that his hands were up in the air when shots were fired.” Cannon’s family says that they were at a birthday party for a cousin when the shooting took place. NBC Chicago reports in more detail:


“Police said in a statement that officers were responding to reports of gunshots around 11 p.m. when they tried to talk to the teen in the 4200 Block of West Cortez. Jimmell Cannon apparently matched the description of the gunman. The Fraternal Order of Police said the boy had what appeared to be a pistol in his hand and ran away from the officers…The teen then refused orders to drop the gun, according to police, and pointed it in the direction of the officers. An officer fired, striking him. The Fraternal Order of Police said the officers handled the situation properly because a weapon was pointed at them.”

Police later discovered the weapon was just a BB gun. Cannon’s father, Jimmy Porter, says that his son is in stable condition and is expected to recover. He did add, however, that his son was shot twice in the same hand, and that his hand might have the most serious injury. Cannon’s family says that he is a good kid and is not caught up in the wrong crowd. NBC Chicago reports that “Cannon is a 7th grader at Brian Piccolo Specialty School.”

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  1. July 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm | #1

    How many more of our children will die from the Hired Hands that are to Protect them?
    In Chicago the man that truly cared for the job was fired because he cared. And they asked why are judges and policemens being killed. Survivor is the answer. Survivor. The justice system destroys more Black Americans and People of Color then any county in the World. This world is not our home. We are a people with out a country. An Alien people that the White man finds as a Threat.

    Now long will we have to be locked up like animals? Sacrificed like sheeps, goats and cattle? How long with our lives not mean any more then a Buck? All Black men and People of Color kill, rob, steal, rape and hate. Where did all this come from. The DNA logged into a system of men and women outside the order of God that planner now hate. As long as the White man was planting those seeds of his too increase his business and pleasure Black men and Men of Color was not locked down like animals then they was homeless or hungry either was they?

    Where can the Black man go? Not to Africa they don’t want us. Not to Africa they are in worst shaped them we are. No food, no clothes, no water, Why corruptied by the White man for its minerals, wealth and anything of value. I hear if a Black man pick up a diamond in the streets he can loose his life.

    If I was president. If I was ruler. What would I do? I hate to think at this moment of anything other then I would pray that I would be a true Christians. Unlike the hypocrites tha claimed to have been children of God. Using and Abusing those they held as sub-human.

    Jimmell Cannon, 13, was shot 8 times in the shoulders, hand, and leg by Chicago Police on Monday in West Humboldt Park neighborhood. While he is at Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, his family is looking for answers. The way they saw the events unfold is not the same thing Chicago Police report.

  2. July 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm | #2

    Being Real, Being Angry, Being Tied
    Catherine Whitehead-Butterfly

    I made corrections here and I am reposting it here. I am being Real.
    How many more of our children will die from the Hired Hands that are to protect them?
    In Chicago the man that truly cared for the job was fired because he cared. And they asked why judges and policemen’s are being killed are. Survivor is the answer. Survivor. The justice system destroys more Black Americans and People of Color then any county in the World. This world is not our home. We are a people with out a country. An Alien people that the White man finds as a Threat.

    Now long will we have to be locked up like animals? Sacrificed like sheep’s, goats and cattle? How long with our lives not mean any more then a Buck? All Black men and People of Color do not kill, rob, steal, rape and hate. Where did all this come from?

    The DNA logged into a system of men and women outside the order of God that planner this hate. The Seed comes from the man. Meaning the DNA belongs to the white man mixed with the raped Black woman eggs. Now tell me again how the black race got all messed up? Breeded like animals, treated like stock. Used like bait. As long as the White man was planting those seeds of his too increase his business and pleasure Black men and Men of Color was not locked down like animals behind walls ten and twelve feet high, then they wasn’t homeless or hungry either was they?
    Shot at sight if they ran, just like that little boy. Running for his life.

    Where can the Black man go? Not to Africa they don’t want us. Not to Africa they are in worst shaped them we are. No food, no clothes, no water, they don’t even own the clothes on their back. Why? Africa was corrupted by the White man for its minerals, wealth and anything of value. I hear if a Black man picks up a diamond in the streets he can loose his life. Slavery is alive all over the world. Different forms. For different means.

    If I was president? If I was ruler? What would I do? I hate to think at this moment of anything other then I would pray that I would be a true Christians. Unlike the hypocrites that claimed to have been children of God. Using and abusing those they held as sub-human.

    How many more of our children will die BY the Hired Hands that are to protect them?

    In Chicago the man that truly cared for the job was fired because he cared. And the people asked why judges and policemen’s are killed. Survivor is the answer. Survivor. The justice system destroys more Black Americans and People of Color then any county in the World. This world is not our home. We are a people with out a country. We are Alien people that the White man finds as a Threat.

    Now long will we have to be locked up like animals? Sacrificed like sheep’s, goats and cattle? How long with our lives not mean any more then a Buck? All Black men and People of Color kill, do not rob, steal, rape and hate as the news and whites would like for the world to believe. These white people have lied so long until they have honestly forgotten the truth.. Where did all this come from?

    The DNA logged into a system of men and women outside the order of God that planned there Seeds within the Blacks or People of Color now hate them/themselves. As long as the White man was planting those seeds of his too increase his business and pleasure Black men and Men of Color was not locked down like animals then they was not homeless or hungry either was they? Even if they was not allowed off the plantation etc; they wasn’t locked down like cattle and turned into gays etc;. No babies, no women, no men. Rom 1:18-2

    Where can the Black man go? Not to Africa they don’t want us. Not to Africa they are in worst shaped them we are. No food, no clothes, no water, Why corrupted by the White man for its minerals, wealth and anything of value. I hear if a Black man picks up a diamond in the streets he can loose his life.

    If I was president? If I was ruler. What would I do? I hate to think at this moment of what I would do, other then that I would pray that I would be a true Christians. Unlike the hypocrites that claimed to have been children of God. Using and abusing those they held as sub-human.
    Jimmell Cannon, 13, was shot 8 times in the shoulders, hand, and leg by Chicago Police on Monday in West Humboldt Park neighborhood. While he is at Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, his family is looking for answers. The way they saw the events unfold is not the same thing Chicago Police report.

  3. Lamar Johnson
    July 28, 2011 at 2:38 am | #3

    @Catherine.What can black people do?Combine forces with every black nation on this planet.This will not happen until the blacks in america start to come out of this black darkage we are in.More and more blacks in america are becoming just like the white man.We need to unite but how when america tells you to be like the rich folks in hollywood or in the music industry.Christianity will not save you or any other black person on this earth.We need to get black men to become farthers and learn a skill to build a true black nation.Why do you think the white man wants blacks in lower tiers because he knows our glorious history and our potential.Just imagine if blacks in america all came together.Then we could reclaim africa,free the haitians and join hands with the dominicans and other islanders.Doing trade amongst our selves and leave the white man to his own devices.But this is a dream because the lost refuse to reform.

  4. July 28, 2011 at 4:39 am | #4

    Now is the time to add to our faith-virtue, and to our virtue-knowledge, and to our knowledge- temperance, and to our temperance-patience, and to our patience-Godliness, and to our Godliness-brotherly kindness, and to our brotherly kindness-charity. For if these things be in us and abound, they make us that we shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    NOW IS THE TIME TO ESTABLISH A BLACK PEOPLEHOOD!!!!!!!

  5. July 28, 2011 at 6:00 am | #5

    You have to be insane to keep doing the same things and getting the same results. You cannot outrun a bullet.

    What is it going to take to finally convince you that you cannot integrate your problems away? And you cannot pray your problems away.

  6. catherine
    July 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm | #6

    Lamar Johnson :@Catherine.What can black people do?Combine forces with every black nation on this planet.This will not happen until the blacks in america start to come out of this black darkage we are in.More and more blacks in america are becoming just like the white man.We need to unite but how when america tells you to be like the rich folks in hollywood or in the music industry.Christianity will not save you or any other black person on this earth.We need to get black men to become farthers and learn a skill to build a true black nation.Why do you think the white man wants blacks in lower tiers because he knows our glorious history and our potential.Just imagine if blacks in america all came together.Then we could reclaim africa,free the haitians and join hands with the dominicans and other islanders.Doing trade amongst our selves and leave the white man to his own devices.But this is a dream because the lost refuse to reform.

    Thank you Lamar Johnson. For not finding me insulting or crazy. I love my people but you are right. I am so tied of hearing the white man this and the white man that. It’s almost as if we have no mind of our own. That we need others to think for us or control us. It is almost like the Trees in the book of Judges, always looking for a leader when God made them free. God said: If my people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their widkedness, their idolary their lusts of the flesh” God has to send a cleansing, healing revival into the Body of Christ. My people cry Freedom and Rush to Slavery. They always wanna be somewhere they aren’t wanted, or doing something they knpw will destroy them. Somethings can only be dOne away with thrught Fasting and Praying. But we can Fast and Pray all we want But If that one or ones we are praying for are not acceptable or willing to make that change our crying out and praying are in Vain. The White man’s holding the cards and chains because the black man are to lazy, and afraid to take it back. What good is living if you are afraid to live/ Our children needs Fathers, mothers and the True God. They don’t need mammies and welfare queens and kings. they don’t need foster parents to hold them for a check. They need love, kindness and all that Galatians has to offer and then and then only will our Blackness become the Beautiful that it is. We need to learn to love ourselves. Willie Lynch might not have been real but the story is true. The Black man still loves the white man more then he does himself. He makes it possible every day for meals to be placed on their table. Clothes on their backs, beautiful hmes to live in and new cars to drive. Prisons are ran by the white man, builded by the white man and filled by the black and and people of color. I am Black. I am a woman. I am middle age, and I am beautiful. I love all people. I am not a racist but a realist. Thank you for allow,ing me to have my say.

  7. William
    July 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm | #7

    Folks, if I get shot today there is a 90% chance that it will be at the hands of someone that looks like me. That being said, I am sorry about what happened to this young man but if I had the right to choose I would rather be scared of the cops. They kill a smaller amount of black men than we do. Just a fact to chew on while we wait for this young man to recover.

  8. MF
    July 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm | #8

    I felt compelled to say it’s up to us to change out people and environment. We blame everyone except ourselves. I’m what many would called successful. Im in the top 3% percent of income in the US, live in the suburbs, have an incredible family, and I’m a Black male.

    I purposely drive through the hood to remind myself of what I dont want for my two young girls. Ive dedicated time mentoring young boys to show them there is a better life out there. But the odds weight heavy in the streets because of the fast money. Many want it easy too. The toxic environment is prevalent. We blame or use the system to survive. I know we have to start somewhere but it “ain’t” easy. Sometimes even I’ve gotten tired of it and just want to seperate myself from my own which I can do. But because I have mentored a young kid over the years and see him succeed in life, I’ll keep trying.

  9. Blkqwn7
    July 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm | #9

    I have a thought of how the Black communities can resolve our problems and a part of my own opinion of solutions has been voiced out here already, the part where Black men need to assist Black women or whomever they are having children with, in the rearing of their offsprings. A woman cannot raise a boy to become a man, both sexes need to have the influences of both man and woman.

    Guy’s we have to look at the bigger pictures here, connect the dots and cut out the “blame game,” it isn’t productive and it allows for an escape of our OWN responsibility to solve our OWN PROBLEMS. I remember back in the day (I’m forty-6-years-old) when their were community centers and I was but a child and could hear my elders holding discussions of providing a positive environment for us (the youth) to live and thrive in, and you didn’t hear about officers having shootouts with our youth.

    Dot connections: Missing fathers, now little boys turn to gangs for familial connection, little girls have no role models to make wise decisions of who to select as her potential mate. When families do not appreciate or even see the value within their roles then the rest of the world will leave our children behind if they do not come into an educational system prepared at the basic level, at least. Drugs are never a fix, but expand upon the problems and guess what you get in the end of all this madness: Aggressive, fearful that they might not return home officers, it’s merely an reaction to their circumstances. We should take their places and go out into the wilderness of the streets where people -as the Honorable Louis Farrakhan has stated, ‘people have reduced their selves to a savage mentality, and way of living.” What would you do if you were in their shoes and the question is: What the hell are we as a people going to do to fix our own problems and stop freaking blaming, blame is not the reason or solutions of our problem, we are!

  10. July 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm | #10

    I belong to the only minority group that has a higher rate of being murder victims in the USA than young urban black males. Not that’s that’s relevant here.

    I can – barely – understand how it could possibly be that this child was perceived as a deadly threat. Possibly. I’m not saying likely, but giving all possible benefit of the doubt. A cop’s job in not an easy one.

    Hit 8 times in peripheral anatomy – meaning a LOT more shots were fired, at a range where hits in centre of mass were unlikely – that means they blazed away, essentially at random, in his general direction. Panic fire, undisciplined, not the calm, aimed shots they’re supposed to use. That they’re trained to use. That anyone carrying a gun “to protect and serve” is compelled to use, or they shouldn’t be wearing a badge. Heck, they shouldn’t be allowed NEAR a firearm, they can’t use it responsibly.

    Naturally no wrongdoing will be found. There’s something dreadfully wrong in Chicago Law Enforcement. They’re not part of the solution, they’re part of the problem. That’s giving them all possible consideration.

  11. July 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm | #11

    SMH!

  12. machiste rankin
    July 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | #12

    Alright, your child is out at 11:00pm, and armed with a BB gun. What the HELL is he doing? Is eight shots excessive? Probably, since most departments teach a “double tap” method of shooting, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that this child had what appeared to be a real firearm. People need to take responsibility for their actions! You can’t blame the police for shooting you when you pointed a gun at them, fake or not.

  13. July 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm | #13

    How were the police to know it was “just a BB gun.” The fact that he is still alive with peripheral wounds show police were not trying to kill him, just stop a stupid kid with a gun. The police want to go home to their families at the end of the day too.

  14. Qboro
    July 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm | #14

    Catherine, I feel what you are saying. One thing though, can you stop saying Africans don’t want us there. Have you been to Africa? Nobody in Africa is against you coming over except maybe whites in South Africa or in Zimbabwe. That thought pattern needs to change.

  15. Qboro
    July 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | #15

    machiste rankin :
    Alright, your child is out at 11:00pm, and armed with a BB gun. What the HELL is he doing? Is eight shots excessive? Probably, since most departments teach a “double tap” method of shooting, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that this child had what appeared to be a real firearm. People need to take responsibility for their actions! You can’t blame the police for shooting you when you pointed a gun at them, fake or not.
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    Let me get this right, a trained officer doesn't know how to persuade a child to put down a weapon? Yes the child shouldn't be out at night, I get it, but this is ridiculous. I don't see where there is even a debate.

  16. NolaMel
    July 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | #16

    Exactly, Rankin, – 13 y/o, 11 p.m., party, bb Gun. That is a real invitation to danger. The police are taught to shoot to kill not maim, so this kid is extremely lucky to still be alive. I’m sure there will be the usual outcry about the injustice of the police, but until we start treating every black-on-black murder like it was a police shooting we will never rid ourselves of the real problems plaguing our culture.

  17. Qboro
    July 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm | #17

    sacmom3 :
    How were the police to know it was “just a BB gun.” The fact that he is still alive with peripheral wounds show police were not trying to kill him, just stop a stupid kid with a gun. The police want to go home to their families at the end of the day too.

    If he were white, would he be shot? White kids do things in front of law enforcement ALL of the time, it just doesn’t make the news. Let’s wake up folks, black life isn’t worth as much. This is the mentality of cops whether black or white. When was the last time an undercover white cop shot? Doesn’t happen. When white youth act out in the suburbs, they are talked down, not shot down. Think about it

  18. Shade
    July 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm | #18

    Okay,wow this is yet another crazy story. Now before we get all bent out of shape, try to look at it this way he did have a bb gun I mean if police saw a weapon of some sort they would assume there lives are in danger and it them or him.
    I would never excuse the police for there use of deadly force, wounding the young man even if he was displaying a weapon, even a warning shot would have done. According to what the article says it was 11pm, dark outside and to me any child who is under the age of 18 years old should be at home by 10 pm. I do understand his family was at a event yes, but to avoid any blood shed period, if the parents where out there as well how is it that this young child was mistaking as a suspect??? Now that should be a question? If there was a event happening how is it that this young child come to start running from the police?

    As I said please don’t get me wrong, it’s the police who should be trained more on how to defuse a situation, before using deadly force. So many of our youth are becoming human targets for nation wide police department.
    Now in the white america, and no I am not a racist { just making a point} you never or rarely hear of a young white male being gun downed by police, now why is that?

    I will say this, I am a mother of three boysof whom I am very proud of. The men that they are today was due solely to me, I raised them without a father except my youngest, but still the same I kept a watchful eye on them there was no partying for me or hanging out late for me nor them.
    We are a people that come from a long line of Kings and Queens it is up to us to stop the violence, to stop hating one another, to stop hating on others because they are moving on without you, to stop giving this media something to keep us down.
    I do not claim to know or have the answers but I do know I want to be able to walk outside my door and never have to worry about if today will be my last day on this earth.

    To the young mans family, this is a very sad moment I pray all is well with him no one deserves to be gun down like that and at the age he is at. The police there need a wake up call and for your family, friends and foes to come together and stand against all that would cause your world any hurt. By doing what is right

  19. Lee
    July 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm | #19

    Have any of you who are moaning and complain taken your situation to God who is almighty? He is the only one who can given all a change of heart. This world, which is full of evil as a result of satan, and satan alone, with his other devils, is in the shape it is in because of satan. Until all let God come into your hearts, there will be no peace in this world of ours. Satan loves the way we act. God despises the way we act as a people.

  20. Kai Epic
    July 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm | #20

    I am the last Black Man to play the blame game. But I am getting tired of the same old thing. When cops come across young white teens, why on god’s green earth do they have so much more patients and restraint, than when they come across a black teen. it is because they feel black young men hate them, so they ASSUME their lives are in danger. If that is the case, the entire POLICE FORCE IN THE USA needs to be revamped. The reason I can tell that these cops did not feel their lives were in grave danger is because of where they shot the child. If your life is in danger, you are going to shoot to kill. Look at where they shot him. They wanted to wound him/perhaps for life. These white racist cops are going to bust hell wide open. It’s so sad, that we have to wait until they die in order for them to pay for all the hate and murders they’ve committed.

  21. E-Z
    July 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm | #21

    Look At the boys full photo meaning the rest of the photo that is in the press… Mr innocent is flashing gang signs in the photo..the press only shows the head shot… which is what I would have aimed for if I was the person that he pointed that “bb” gun at… If you ever had someone point a gun at you you would know that it is very scary and very real . You don’t look to see if it is a toy or not.This boy is very lucky to be alive. We need to teach our children respect for human life and that guns toys or not can be deadly. Maybe we don’t always know when our children are out there being good or being bad. Maybe we should go out there and see what our children are doing..maybe we will have a differant outlook on what kind of a child we have. I dont think this is a black / white thing or a cops / black thing…. It truly is a right / wrong thing. Lets quit blaming every one else and look around us ! If you want to be better then you have to do better !

  22. Barbara
    July 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm | #22

    MF keep doing what your doing with your daughters because they deserve the best from you.And thank you for mentoring black young boy, from the hood and giving them something their own father could not or would not do. I wish that more positive, and professional African American men and woman, would take the time to mentor our children.

  23. Terry Wilson
    July 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm | #23

    This message is to all the WHITE PEOPLE , POSING AS BLACK ! YOU COME ON HERE STIRRING UP CONTROVERSAY , AND HERE WE GO FALLING INTO DEBATING WITH THESE CON ARTISTS ! Everyone in the African American community knows what this is. However we can be Brain washed into going against one another by these Con artists and find ourselves at odds with each other , wake up people ! This isn’t the first time a burner has been planted on a victim ! We are so Brain washed that we always turn on ourselves ! THERE GOES ANY CHANCE OF THESE OFFICERS BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE !!!!!!!!!! WE’VE ALREADY CONVICTED THE BOY AND HIS PARENTS ! “AND THE GUILTY WALK FREE !!!!

  24. catherine
    July 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm | #24

    Qboro :Catherine, I feel what you are saying. One thing though, can you stop saying Africans don’t want us there. Have you been to Africa? Nobody in Africa is against you coming over except maybe whites in South Africa or in Zimbabwe. That thought pattern needs to change.

    I must apologize for my statement if it insults you. But the truth is the truth. I attend an African Church and they are always saying “You People this and You people that. I do not mean you in particalar” Oboro I would want my people there if they were going to do as our children are doing here. I have three biological sons and two bioloical daughters, four step daughters, three adopted daughters and three step sons. Quest what my own sons. Biological sons are the only ones in prison. We can train our children, tell them thus said the Lord until we turn blue in the face, but they are going to do what they want. We can only do so much. I must say this page is filled with knowledge and emotions.

    Know that I am not trying to step on any ones feet. I just knw that had that child been hme he wouldn’t have been hurt (hopefully). Had he a gun I could understand the police firing back, but I don’t believe he had a gun due to how he was shot. If the police could shoot him in the hand that many times the police could have his armed him. Are we to beleive that this policeman shot this young man in the hand because he wouldn’t drop the gun? As someone said “we don’t always know what our children are doing out there” This is a Fact. I live in Chicago. I see this garbage every day. This Summer has been one that is making the funeral homes rich.

    I don’t believe our children are brain washed by the white man. I will never believe that. I believe they are set up by the white man. I beleive they are locked down like animals in a zoo to enrich the white man (look at where the prisons are and who are hired there). I give God thanks and Praise for those of you who are doing well, raising their childen to be descent citizens, filled with lve and compassion for others. And I do believe there are a few whites here pretending to be black. I have a female assoicte who blames everything on the projects. She blames the mayor fr tearing them down and playing them out there where she is. She calls them animals until her on self righteous son went to prison. She just retired from the police force.

    OUr children does destroy themselves , standing on corners, doing drugs and etc/ No white man forced them to use them, no white man forced them to buy or self them. No white man forced them to quite school. No white man forced them to rape my daughter or me.
    Jesus is the answer there is no other. But prayer must began in the womb. Prayer must began as a child not wait until they are out there. I can only pray that one day our race will wake up. I pray that the sytem will reazlie that they are hiring KKK and LK,s VL’s and angry people to protected us. Feed back welcome. I am learning. I feel for the family of this young man. I am praying for him as well as that sick officer that shot him as well as his family. But mostly I pray that the office spirit convicts him where as he will confess the truth or resigned. In Chicago policemen seldm gets fired for shooting blacks. I live in Uptown and I tell you they dont’ want us up here.

    I admire the person that says they are stayign because they are mentoring. If I had the finance I would have left a long time ago. My husband is dead and gone, he never spend a day in prison or jail, nor did my sons while he was alive. My son went to prison a month after he graduated collage in an all white town. 11 years ago. They gave him life for robbing a white woman. No evident. He moved there to make a new start after he got married. two months later he went to prison. Had he been home with his family he might nt have be in prison. Instead he got angry at his wife went out to the lounge had more then enough to drink and ended up in prison for robbery. No finger prints, no evident, even his clothese was not that which they said he had on. I don’t hate white folks. How can I? There is too many in my family. I adopted two, A daughter n law and two mixed grand childen. If I offended any one it is not my intentions. That kid should have never been outside. That cop didn’t have to shoot him down like an animal. and I don’t believe he had a BB gun. Call me foolish or whatever but nothing sounds right here and Chicago won’t fire him. Maybe sit him at another desk.

  25. ms freeh
    July 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm | #25

    a species that hires bodyguards to protect them looses the ability to protect itself and is doomed to extinction

    To view a partial list of police officers arrested for rape and pedophilia over 1,000 pages long go to link register go to forums and scroll down to law enforcement sex offenders
    if link does not work google copwatch.net forums
    http://www.copwatch.net/forums/

    If the BlackBloggers comment section is to become more than just a psychological soup kitchen for the police oppressed I would like to see the people commenting to suggest ways of restructuring our criminal justice system. After all as voters and taxpayers of this system we own it yet have NO say in how it is run. Some people will say ” talk to your elected officials” but after seeing the efficiency with which FBI agents are committing voter fraud that process is highly suspect. google leonard gates bob draise fbi voter fraud landes report
    We need to create a civilian review board that oversees the hiring and firing of law enforcement personnel on the local,county,state and federal level while setting the tone and mandates for criminal justice policy as reflected by the needs for safety at the grass roots level. This civilian review board would have a complete turnover of board members every three years.
    The board would also have subpoena powers.
    We need to reinvent our definition of the word
    community and learn how to deal with violence and aggression first hand by patrolling our own streets for crime in much the same way the Guardian Angels do.
    Community means looking out for each others back .
    The entire system should be based on Restorative Justice
    a system that learns to distinguish between behaviour
    and the person committing the behaviour.You as a community reject the behaviour not the person as our current system does.You work with the person to bring them back into the folds of the community.
    We need to to see voters and taxpayers inaugurate a legal studies program in grades 1-12 and beyond where we take a Harvard law school curriculum and tailor it for students from kindergarten through high school. The intent is not to create more lawyers but to empower ourselves in the legal arena.It seems to me the height of insanity is to have legislators create a legal jungle for us to navigate our ethical lives through
    and then tell us we now have to hire a legal wilderness guide at $150. hr if we want justice.
    C’mon folks if you want to wail and gnash your teeth book a flight to the wailing wall in Jerusalem. If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own. Kirk over and out.

  26. catherine
    July 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm | #26

    My letter is filled with mistakes. But today I haven’t time to make any corrections. On my way out but wanted to give feed back before I leave. Mothers, Fathers know where your children are. They can’t be replaced. You know the streets, they do too, many of them. they re fearless, and this isn’t truly hell as they have been told. Hell is what Jesus says it it. Before we leave this world I honeslty feel we go through stages of hell. But not Hell itself. Parent pray for your children. Pray for the law. Pray for them before they leave the house, go to bed etc; Teach them to love themselves, to respect themselves. Respect is EARNED.

    I hate so to believe that the policeman that shot that children knew what he was doing. I hate to believe that nothing will be done about it. I also would like to know what that child will say about it when he wake up. I haven’t a heaven or a hell to place anyone in and I know it. But I do have a right to think, to say what is on my mind. And if I am wrong forgive me for I am sure God has already. Have a blessed day all of you. Keep your babies safe please.

  27. DarkFather504
    July 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | #27

    I read just yesterday police tased a local singer to death in Ohio -google it
    What happened in New Orleans during katrina - Danziger bridge – google it
    Now this – these laws are way da&$@#%;: out of control
    Tensions is mounting and in a few the police will start dropping

  28. July 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm | #28

    William :Folks, if I get shot today there is a 90% chance that it will be at the hands of someone that looks like me. That being said, I am sorry about what happened to this young man but if I had the right to choose I would rather be scared of the cops. They kill a smaller amount of black men than we do. Just a fact to chew on while we wait for this young man to recover.

    young man my butt. this is a boy. a kid! a 13yr old kid these honkies are shooting at our kids? if he was white, he woudln’t have gotten shot up like that. remember in 1963 when the honkies set the dogs and hoses on our kids? and how during the riots of the 60′s, police were shooting our youth left and right? these honkies aint changed a bit.

  29. Mr Wallace Harris
    July 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm | #29

    Terry Wilson you are so right.Just reading these quotes makes me so mad, Blacks who think they are out of harms way from the police, Are so brainwashed that they think this can only happen to other black people and not too their family . But oh when it does,They want to call on every black or person of color in the nation for help. If this were a perfect world i would say yes the police may have been justifide in the shooting , but chicago police are known for police cover ups.Black people have such short memories. As long as they can keep blacks fighting with each other , then thrir asses are safe . Wake up people of color, Investigate before you commit and judge another person believing as law what the white news media and police say. Always look for whiteand black coverups.

  30. July 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm | #30

    Lee :Have any of you who are moaning and complain taken your situation to God who is almighty? He is the only one who can given all a change of heart. This world, which is full of evil as a result of satan, and satan alone, with his other devils, is in the shape it is in because of satan. Until all let God come into your hearts, there will be no peace in this world of ours. Satan loves the way we act. God despises the way we act as a people.

    dude, whatever. yes we can take our situations to God, we should always do that. but what does that have to do with what these honkies did to this kid? are you saying we should not react, but just simply pray? well you are a fool. This is injustice and attempted murder of a kid, and God would want us to not only pray, but to get involved and fight back! I’m 31 yrs old, and as I learn more and more about African American history, I can see that things are repeating themselves, and if we don’t wake up, sooner or later we will look up and see slavery back on the scene. YOu heard me??

  31. mw
    July 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm | #31

    William :
    Folks, if I get shot today there is a 90% chance that it will be at the hands of someone that looks like me. That being said, I am sorry about what happened to this young man but if I had the right to choose I would rather be scared of the cops. They kill a smaller amount of black men than we do. Just a fact to chew on while we wait for this young man to recover.

    I am in agreement with William. We want to blame the police, but the problem isn’t the police it is us as a people. The father lied and stated the boy didn’t have a gun, when he did although it was a BB gun. Why would a young man at 11pm at night at a birthday party be running around with a BB gun. We as black people need to take responsibility to how we are living and wake up. In this violent world we live in why are you buying kids guns? Are you training him to go out in the streets or in the back yard to shot something? What is really going on? Violence begets violence, no matter what type of violence.

  32. Denise Denson
    July 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm | #32

    We still do not know what really happened to this young man. I am sure IF he had the weapon the first shot would have disabled him. 8 is excessive. There is a side to this story that is privy until certain investigations are completed. Until that time I suggest we stop speculating until we learn the truth.

    It is time for action though. It takes a lot to prove the system wrong. I am in a battle now with CPS. The lies and misuse of policy is gross. But the truth will out. You just have to have the patience and perservance to stick it out until justice prevails. Don’t tell me that I do not have time, make time. I am a cancer survivor, a mother, a grandmother with legal custody, a minister, work 8 hours 6 days a week, church goer-active in my community, vice block club captain, working with the 4th district, 7th ward, 8th ward activists. I look to the Lord for my strength and He gives it to me. You have not because you ask not. Ask him for your talent and your gift and go in that direction, you will be amazed at what will get done. Make a start. Our community, especially our children need us right now, right now. So let’s not hesitate and find our path, get on it, and follow the Lords leading.

  33. Shahid Raki
    July 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm | #33

    I agree with most of what Catherine had to say, except for the part about Africa doesn’t want us. That is one of those old myths that came from people outside of us. If you get to be around enough of our foreign born African brothers and sisters you will meet some that don’t want us, but then, there are some among us who are born here who don’t want us either. If we did, then why are we always killing each other so much? The Klan doesn’t have to target us anymore for destruction. We do it everyday to ourselves. I can understand that we are frustrated, demoralized, and depressed. I cannot understand why we continue to destroy ourselves. Self destruction will not work for anyone. We are the worst amongst us who kill us. We get all upset and bent out of shape when a police officer kills one of us. Why don’t we get upset when one of us kills one of us? Then to top it off, we don’t speak up when the police ask us who did. That’s just letting the killer of us get away with killing one of us, just like when the police get away with killing one of us. Can’t you see? There is no difference in what happens. It’s only with who does it.

  34. Bernie
    July 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm | #34

    Only God, the officers, the child and witnesses know what happened in this awful situation.
    May God bless everyone.

  35. jp
    July 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm | #35

    I just wanted to say I am so glad to see that someone in my age group can see what’s about to happen to our people if we don’t wake up soon. I am 38 and since I was 28 I have been saying this is where we are headed=SLAVERY. On the night they said Pres.Bush would be our Pres., I told my family WE ARE GOING TO WAR and we did. And I’m still saying if we don’t wake up and fight NOW!! WE WILL RETURN TO SLAVERY!!! although it will be a different slavery, because any black person that has been taught our history and I mean really taught will not go into slavery without dying fighting first, but the younger generation that can be bamboozled will definitely go. I am a mother of 3 daughters I would give my life for, but I’ll kill them myself before I let them go be a slave in any white man’s field or home!!!

  36. catherine
    July 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm | #36

    Raki
    July 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm | #33
    Quote
    I agree with most of what Catherine had to say, except for the part about Africa doesn’t want us. That is one of those old myths that came from people outside of us. If you get to be around enough of our foreign born African brothers and sisters you will meet some that don’t want us, but then, there are some among us who are born here who don’t want us either. If we did, then why are we always killing each other so much? The Klan doesn’t have to target us anymore for destruction. We do it everyday to ourselves. I can understand that we are frustrated, demoralized, and depressed. I cannot understand why we continue to destroy ourselves. Self destruction will not work for anyone. We are the worst amongst us who kill us. We get all upset and bent out of shape when a police officer kills one of us. Why don’t we get upset when one of us kills one of us? Then to top it off, we don’t speak up when the police ask us who did. That’s just letting the killer of us get away with killing one of us, just like when the police get away with killing one of us. Can’t you see? There is no difference in what happens. It’s only

    Raki, I speak from experience. I shouldn’t have said “all”, I should have said those in my Church and surrounding”. I attend an African Church. My words are not those “of a myth that came from people outside of us” My pastor is Pastor Conrad Osei Bonsu, I live in Uptown Chicago. I have for over forty two years. Uptown is an all denominational community. Loaded with Africans males and females. You are right Black Americans doe kill each other daily. as do many other races, only the news readily placed Black Americans in to the media much more. I am Black American, born and raised in the USA. As for your question “Why don’t we get upset when one of us krill one of us” Those that I am affiliated with does. I do not know those you have been around but I do know about what is around me. And I should have quoted “Around me”.

    I have not only turned others in when they are dong something to harm those around me, race is not a factor, the color of the skin gives me no cost to call 911. The humanity itself allows me no questions about picking up the phone to dial 911. Those around me Bleed Red meaning that they are my brothers and sisters. They are human beings not Aliens, and even if they was Aliens and I saw someone harming them I would still call 911. I did not hesitate to turn my own in so why wouldn’t I call for others. When my own sons was young and gotten into things that was none of their rights I turned them in as well and held them until the police came. Wrong is Wrong Raki. . I do not uphold wrong doing. I have placed my life in jeopardy many times to protect others. . ” Can’t you see? There is no difference in what happens. It’s only ” There is a difference my friend. A little white child would not have been beaten like that and it blow over so lightly. The police department would have been all over it. I have watched children get beaten right in front of my door and treated like garbage by the great Chicago police, and nothing is done about it. The Great OPS is just as racist and uncaring as any Klan could ever be.

    Our children are wrong to take a life. The police is wrong to take a life but, but, but the police should know much better then too they took an oaths/vows to up hold the law to protect the people, not take them out like flies because of the color of their skin and because they can. In these past few months the police have been shooting and killing our young people like no bodies business. If I upset you then know that it’s not my intentions and know also that I am yet in the Church. To serve and worship the Lord not the race or color of the skin. Blessings is mines not curses. God judge me, just as He judge those around me, and believe me I try to love all. I will not lie and say it is always easy because it’s not always easy, but I lie down at night and ask the Lord are you pleased with me.

    We as a people. Meaning the Black Race are a people without a country. We are a people that made America yet we are treated worst then any race of people in the USA. People of Color aren’t the only ones who kill, lame, steal, lie and cheat, but we are the ones without anything.

  37. Soul Sistah For My Folks
    July 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm | #37

    I love this discussion. Thanks to all of you who shared your views. I’m in agreement with all that has been said. jp I feel like you were probably part of the middle passage and will repeat your history again with your children, I feel you. We can turn our culture around, right now. It will take us going the extra mile further, than the extra miles that we are going now. Education!!! Education!!! Education!!! of our-story and his-story. Given the choice our-story will always prevail in the hearts and minds of our children. Each one must teach one. I know we’re all tired, that’s part of the plan of oppression. If everyone of us can bring our individual family/friend base together and start a reading group, how quickly would your neighborhood change? Parents who are unable to participate for any reason, will not be blamed, or used as a reason not to involve their children in the reading group. MF can you mentor more than one child at a time, w/o neglecting your own family? Once a week we can gather the neighborhood children and have them read. This will take planning, like when we plan to go out to that special spot, and we have to plan transportation, what we’re gonna wear, we all know the drill. We have to plan to get our children of the streets with that type of precision. If we do this, there grades, and self esteem will spiral upward and our children will interact with each other differently as they get to know one another on an educational level.

    We can start this today, right now, I offer my email: SoulSistah1960@hotmail.com as our meeting place, where we can support each other and spread this forum of hands -on-change in our community. It’s much easier to vent our frustrations than it is to summon up the strength to bring about real lasting change. Who amongst us are willing to walk from Selma to Montgomery in the simmering heat of Hatred? We are our own Freedom Fighters, We Are The Ones Who We’ve Been Waiting For…..

  38. BARB
    July 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm | #38

    PLEASE, STOP KILLING OUR BLACK CHILDREN. IF NEED BE ,PLEASE SHOOT TOWARD THEIR LOWER LEG. MY GOD WILL THIS RACIAL HATRED EVER END.

    HOW OFTEN DO YOU SEE THIS TYPE OF SHOOTING IN ANOTHER RACE.

    WE AS BLACK AMERICAN’S HAVE SERVED IN SEVERAL WAR’S TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY.

    THANK YOU.

  39. July 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm | #39

    My question is WHAT IN GOD’S NAME WAS THIS CHILD DOING WITH A BB GUN AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY? When will we as a people learn to stop SHOOTING OURSELVES IN THE FOOT. I’m no advocate of the cops at all, AND I love my people, BUT COME ON NOW. How were they to know that it wasn’t a real gun. The parents are absolutely STUPID! and should be arrested. 1. Child shoul not have had a BB gun. 2. BB gun should have been put away when cops arrived. I don’t get it, i just don’t get it.

  40. catherine
    July 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm | #40

    Ron Mack :My question is WHAT IN GOD’S NAME WAS THIS CHILD DOING WITH A BB GUN AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY? When will we as a people learn to stop SHOOTING OURSELVES IN THE FOOT. I’m no advocate of the cops at all, AND I love my people, BUT COME ON NOW. How were they to know that it wasn’t a real gun. The parents are absolutely STUPID! and should be arrested. 1. Child shoul not have had a BB gun. 2. BB gun should have been put away when cops arrived. I don’t get it, i just don’t get it.

    You said it…what was the child doing with a BB gun? what was he doing out that time of night? Why was the child running? Present or no present why was he outside with it? and the police couldn’t have known if it was a real gun. But once the police fired the shot it should have knocked it out the child’s hand. Why 8 times?
    As you said it would seem that the police would have shot at his foot, leg etc;. But I guess if I had someone turn and point a gun at me. I would have empted the gun. To be honest not one of us that have not experienced the situation knows what we would have done.

    I am praying for the little boy and his family. I am praying for all families that are going through or have gone through what this young child and his family is going through. Praise God he’s alive and will recover. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts with me.

  41. Shahid Raki
    July 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm | #41

    Here in Dayton, we have the Adam Project which is an organization that addresses some of the problems dealing with neighborhood violence. They don’t concern themselves with the color of the person. They deal with the color of the act of violence of a person or group against another person or group. The whole thing in a nutshell is violence against another human being. We recently had a young black man to allegedly jump off a bridge in downtown Dayton while being transferred from one place to another by a police officer. It has brought about an investigation about the whole situation. One thing that has bothered me about investigation of police operations is that these investigations are always conducted by police of police. I would think that some group/organization that is not police related should conduct the investigation. What you think about that?

  42. Michael Parker
    July 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm | #42

    Nothing ever happens to cops who murder blacks in this country and is hardy reported, but let it be someone white, and it’s world news. Here in Las Vegas,NV the killing of the unarmed by cops goes on without the police being charge of anything. It’s a luxury to wear a police uniform here.

  43. Tychalla
    July 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm | #43

    Trigger happy pigs!

  44. July 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm | #44

    One of the things that never changes about racist America…Killer cops…They never shoot white kids 8 times for having their hands in the air and then say that he or she had a weapon, but they come into black communities and use black boys for target practice.

  45. Jacqueline
    July 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm | #45

    It sad that the young man was shot but policemen have to protect themselves. they didn’t know if it was a real gun or a bb gun. Take the case of the woman about six months ago who shot a 12 year old who threw a brick at her and burn her grill!!!
    All policemen aren’t out to kill your children. I hope the young man makes a speedy recovery.

  46. JVGary
    July 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm | #46

    I feel when we know our history, then we can truly attempt top respond accordingly. Until our men, or I should say, we as men, step up to the ladder and respond with making rules, laws and stand by them to get them passed, then we shall overcome the issues we have here. We all know as we have seen as of late that America is acting out it’s true colors to inform us what they think of us. Thus thats alol i feel needed to state. We must reclaim our heritage as it has been written. Anyone who wishes to know must do two things…..
    1.) achieve much as possible by attending school and achieve full education as W. E. DuBois did which means at least a M.A. or Phd. education.
    2.) change the curriculum in our Black schools. and then also 3.) for further notation, observe the Destruction of Black Civilization copy by Chancellor Williams. In that book you will note that the gov’t had been designed and achieved by us but has been brought over here and re-designed as if it has been their idea all the time.
    One last note. We’ve got to learn to protect our own by stop listening to the media how dangerous we are to each other. Once we learn this as men and act accordingly with respect to our women and children, we will be heading to the right page for a return to our glorious history because right now, we are ignoring our own pleas for help. Our educated people must return within the confines of the community in order to save ourselves because when you really look at the situation, it has to come from within.
    I will leave one example: Look at for Mayor Daly and what he did. He took care of his own DeLa Salle neighborhood over on 35th Street in Chicago. It’s so evident that you have got to do you by taking care of yours or otherwise no one can be expected to do anything for you except yourself. Thank you for reading my thoughts everyone.
    JG/Chicago Halesman & Alphaman

  47. catherine
    July 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm | #47

    JVGary :I feel when we know our history, then we can truly attempt top respond accordingly. Until our men, or I should say, we as men, step up to the ladder and respond with making rules, laws and stand by them to get them passed, then we shall overcome the issues we have here. We all know as we have seen as of late that America is acting out it’s true colors to inform us what they think of us. Thus thats alol i feel needed to state. We must reclaim our heritage as it has been written. Anyone who wishes to know must do two things…..1.) achieve much as possible by attending school and achieve full education as W. E. DuBois did which means at least a M.A. or Phd. education.2.) change the curriculum in our Black schools. and then also 3.) for further notation, observe the Destruction of Black Civilization copy by Chancellor Williams. In that book you will note that the gov’t had been designed and achieved by us but has been brought over here and re-designed as if it has been their idea all the time.One last note. We’ve got to learn to protect our own by stop listening to the media how dangerous we are to each other. Once we learn this as men and act accordingly with respect to our women and children, we will be heading to the right page for a return to our glorious history because right now, we are ignoring our own pleas for help. Our educated people must return within the confines of the community in order to save ourselves because when you really look at the situation, it has to come from within.I will leave one example: Look at for Mayor Daly and what he did. He took care of his own DeLa Salle neighborhood over on 35th Street in Chicago. It’s so evident that you have got to do you by taking care of yours or otherwise no one can be expected to do anything for you except yourself. Thank you for reading my thoughts everyone.JG/Chicago Halesman & Alphaman

    SPEAK! AMEN!

  48. bdl big daddy large
    July 29, 2011 at 1:28 am | #48

    This is a shame a young man this age is shot . Horrible but lets break it down what really happened.? are the Police trigger happy I do not think so? We need to take care of our own familys!!!! this shit starts at home,why would this young fella be pointing a pistol at night how does anyone no if it is real or fake. Where are the Parents wake up!!!!

  49. Mitzi
    July 29, 2011 at 1:57 am | #49

    Please. I live and work in this cesspool city and I will tell you this: Chicago Police have a lot of trouble on their hands with these so called “kids” -no one is raising. Poverty is an excuse that far too many black mothers are using to avoid being responsible. Blunt smoking is normal behavior for parents and children. They are out all day and all night making trouble! The streets are polluted with trouble makers especially, on the south and west side-which is where this incident took place. I wouldn’t be too quick to judge what happened. BB gun or not, it only shows that there is no respect for authority. 13 year olds are no longer “children” in many cases some are horrible breathing things!!!! How long will we continue to take handouts from the Government and then blame it for our situation? Black folks are Blacks folks biggest problem. We can do all we can, say all we can but the truth is SOME PEOPLE DON’T WANT BETTER!!!!!

  50. Mitzi
    July 29, 2011 at 2:02 am | #50

    …and by the way, bbguns are not legal in Chicago.

  51. Rose
    July 29, 2011 at 3:06 am | #51

    A very very sad situation. There was a gun even if it as a bb gun, how were the police to know? Why did he not just drop the gun? We need to hear from the child before we pass judgement. We do not have all the facts. We do need better fathers and mothers and closer community ties. We need to help each other. Yesterday a yellow truck pulling a yellow trailer stopped on our street. The truck and trailer wer very old but in good repair. The sign on the truck said Progress Energy approved contractors.Four (4) Mexicans got out of the truck and started to work after setting up their caution flags. Progress Energy is our power company. Why were these not black men or even white men? We are allowing others to come here and step around us. As Black People, what are we doing to uplift ourselves as a people? There should have been at least a couple of black men in that crew.

  52. WW
    July 29, 2011 at 4:24 am | #52

    Ok black people….it’s time for us to be about it and not just write and talk about it. How am I suppose to teach my black son to respect and look to Police Officers for help and protection. When, knowing in my heart, that they will kill him, lie on him and won’t be punish for it. We have a voice people….let use it. We have got to make a more forceful stand against the injustice that continues to imprison our race. We can’t have a repeat of the 60′s.

    Black men, your are one of the most powerful individuals on the planet! Use your power and protect your families, homes and communities by any means necessary! We (black women) will be right beside you.l

    I grew up in the days when the Black Panther organization was alive and doing well. I was a little girl then….but I remember the pride I had for such strong black people. What happened and is still happening to us as a people? I pray for Jimmell and his family….get well soon and be strong!

  53. WW
    July 29, 2011 at 4:40 am | #53

    Ron My question is WHAT IN GOD’S NAME WAS THIS CHILD DOING WITH A BB GUN AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY? When will we as a people learn to stop SHOOTING OURSELVES IN THE FOOT. I’m no advocate of the cops at all, AND I love my people, BUT COME ON NOW. How were they to know that it wasn’t a real gun. The parents are absolutely STUPID! and should be arrested. 1. Child shoul not have had a BB gun. 2. BB gun should have been put away when cops arrived. I don’t get it, i just don’t get it.

    I agree with you Ron…the parents were not being very smart by allowing their child to have a BB gun in the park after dark. I don’t even allow my son to use his fingers as a gun. However, 8 times is a lot to shot anyone. Didn’t the Police reduce/eliminate the threat after the first shot. And the old addage is that if he was white, they would not have shot him at all!

    I enjoyed reading you post….the truth always stings a little.

    Peace to all and God bless us all!

  54. tylar
    July 29, 2011 at 5:46 am | #54

    I would just like to make a comment ,a month or two ago a white man stabbed his girlfriend took off with the baby ,went to his aunt’s house barricaded him self in the house ,they had at least 6 police officers maybe more he came out of the home with a BB gun a weapon pointed at the policeman ,did they shoot him ? Hell no they end up taking him into custody ,not shooting at him to drop the weapon ,and of course it was day time, but remind you he had already stabbed his girlfriend,

  55. poetry diva
    July 29, 2011 at 6:09 am | #55

    they have handcuffs on him like a slave where is he gonna go ?

  56. empress kasheba bey
    July 29, 2011 at 6:11 am | #56

    this stuff need to stop they are killing and shooting all our people they family need to sue the police department maybe they this mess will stop it time for war something got be done!!!! it time for black power time to be powerfully!!!!!!!!!

  57. Wina Richardson
    July 29, 2011 at 7:16 am | #57

    I pray Jimmell will fully recover, but why was this family still in the park at 11:00 at night considering the shakey and suspicious reputation of the Chicago Police Dept? The Chicago police department still has a prejudice nature surrounding them. ‘SUE’ THE POLICE DEPT Wina, Oklahoma City, Ok.

  58. July 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm | #58

    Change is on the Horizon Part 3 of 3 The Farmer Claims Program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOPIgNB-hGY
    Watch this video . We can take our country back and eliminate these forms of abuse. Learn. Live. thrive. Holla

  59. MW
    July 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm | #59

    Although this is an unfortunate incident, there is something missing here. If this had been me back in the day, I would have still gotten a number of physical and verbal whippings. 1 for being out that late. 2 for having a bb gun. 3 for pointing it at the police. 4 for running. Multiply the whippings by my parents, some of my neighbors, relatives and coaches. The emabarssment of the whole situation would have reflected badly on all of the people that felt responsible and accountable for me. (When we all take responsiblity for raising our children properly, then we become a village. “Spare the rod and spoil the child!”

  60. catherine
    July 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm | #60

    Lee :Have any of you who are moaning and complain taken your situation to God who is almighty? He is the only one who can given all a change of heart. This world, which is full of evil as a result of satan, and satan alone, with his other devils, is in the shape it is in because of satan. Until all let God come into your hearts, there will be no peace in this world of ours. Satan loves the way we act. God despises the way we act as a people.

    Hello Lee, for centuries blacks have been taking their problems to God. And you are right for the Lord is the only one that can heal us or our land. I love the Lord and I know He’s real, but I also know at while on the Cross He said “It is Finished” meaning The Lord did all He was going to do It is now up to us as a people to do what it is that we need to do. It’s time to stop half stepping. Read 2 Chronicles 29:5-6, 10-11, 15, 24. Matthew 8: 5-8, 13.

    I am standing in Prayer initiative with you to unite our forces and declare war on the devil’s war on Christianity in America and all over the world. Let us stand in the gap to pray to the living God just as King Hezekah did to bring salvation on this nation as never before.

    5. And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place. 6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs. 10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us. 11 My sons be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense. 15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words [2] of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD. 24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.”

    Let us pray for our young people, for Americans as king Hezekiah did for his nation. “The good Lord pardons every one” I ask you Lee do you think the Lord will work with us for our children and loss relatives? Now let us see our nations prosper as we sanctify ourselves in holiness. If we are a believing people as we claim we are this prayer can be used for us black people as well. Maybe if we join together as a Black Race as a People of Color we can help our children. But we must be real. We can’t live one way and expect something different from our children. God is willing to save our children. He said that He wish that none should perish. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    We have been praying for years, and things are still messed up. Why? preachers and pastors, evangelist filling the Church with out of wedlock children, drinking drunkenness, raping, hating, not loving those of their own kind. Itching ears, robbing the Lord, lying on the Lord etc; Many are called for few are chosen. Until we get our lives right our children are going to keep on falling into the sacrificial hell they are in. The little boys parents is responsible for not knowing their child, where he was, his having that BB gun and the system is responsible for hiring a gun hungry trigger happy creature to protect the people. We vote in devils and expect angels.

    Children are Born with whatever their parents have inside of them, if it’s evil, ignorance, hate or love. Believe me all these things are warring inside of them until they meet the Lord. 1 John 1:9 is our answer. All we can do is pray for the young man and his family. Somethings can only be done away with but fasting and prayer.

  61. catherine
    July 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm | #61

    MW :Although this is an unfortunate incident, there is something missing here. If this had been me back in the day, I would have still gotten a number of physical and verbal whippings. 1 for being out that late. 2 for having a bb gun. 3 for pointing it at the police. 4 for running. Multiply the whippings by my parents, some of my neighbors, relatives and coaches. The emabarssment of the whole situation would have reflected badly on all of the people that felt responsible and accountable for me. (When we all take responsiblity for raising our children properly, then we become a village. “Spare the rod and spoil the child!”

    Amen! Children take on their surroundings. Chicago is one of the most dangerous places to raise a child and the parent has to know it. But, But when we are so involved with all that surrounds us I am sure that we are no longer bothered about what those on the outside of us see. Being on the outside looking in we see different.

  62. July 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm | #62

    How much longer are we gonna use the little power we have to talk about how many goes we have and what color the bottoms of our shoes are and how many diamonds we own, instead of educating ourselves to come together to stop sadly ridiculous stories like this happen? If we use unity we can stop them from killing us!!!God bless

  63. Tonya whitfield
    July 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm | #63

    STOP CARRYING WEAPONS!!!!!!!!! STOP BEING IGNORANT!!!!!!

  64. catherine
    July 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm | #64

    Melthres Johnson :How much longer are we gonna use the little power we have to talk about how many goes we have and what color the bottoms of our shoes are and how many diamonds we own, instead of educating ourselves to come together to stop sadly ridiculous stories like this happen?
    If we use unity we can stop them from killing us!!!God bless

    You are right, it is now up to us as a people to do what it is that we need to do. It’s time to stop half stepping.

    The Bible say Love your neighbors as yourself.. Then He asks who your neighbor is? Then He tells us the enemy comes only to seal, kill and destroy. Who are our neighbors? Who is our enemy?

    Willie Lynch letter says “make them love us more then themselves…tell them a little bit about the Word just enough to control them. Beat them and frighten them into submission. All these things took place weather Willie Lynch wrote it or not. The Black man has loved the white man more then the white man will ever love a black man. The black man has been more faithful to the white man then to his own house hold. (Then man always loves where he came from. The Black American man came from the loins of the white man.. Rape his DNA is not pure African now is it? Ask your self how often do a son hate his father.)

    They speak of black magic and voodoo. Whatever it was it didn’t work or we wouldn’t be in the hell we are in. Brain washed? Now who is brain washing us? We brain wash our selves by our foolish deeds and miss happening. When we learn to love those in our own house hold then we can say we truly love. When we learn to love those of our own loins then we won’t have all these out of wedlock children seeking daddies and mommies. We won’t be filling up the prisons and cemeteries. Even though the Bible tells us that destruction will come out of our own house holds. It mean until we learn who the Lord really are.

    When we take the Word of God for what it says then and then only will we come out of the hell we are in. Yes the white man changed the Word but Jesus left us the Holy Ghost, you know the Holy Spirit.. Acts 2:38.. The Lord said the Holy Spirit would teach us, lead us into all righteousness.

    Is it right that we lie, cheat, sleep around and then do as the catholic priest and many of these supposed to be men and women claiming to be called of God, bowing at the altar with lies and evil in our hearts?

    I am not hating on anyone. I am only speaking truth. Now many of our children learn from us? How many of our children do the police truly set up? How many of us are happy when our children go to prison so they don’t beat on us any more or take the little bit we have leaving us in fear?
    I was a part of the wrongful conviction and believe me there wasn’t even a half of a dozen blacks on any given week to attend these meetings. It was as if Blacks don’t’ commit crimes or there was none in need of help.

    I know you know, they know we all know that child should have been home somewhere resting, in bed, doing something other then running the streets, even if he had no bb gun, he should have not been in the streets. His parent is feeling the repercussion I am sure of what has taken place in their young love ones life as well as theirs. There lives will never be the same. At least I pray it isn’t. I pray its better. I pray that this ugly situation will draw them closer together and to the Lord. We cant’ bring our children or love ones back. Yet we act like they can’t be taken away from us, we always seem to wanna believe it only happens to the other fellow

    Wake up people.. We should be tied of loosing failing and blaming others. We should be tied of smiling in the white man’s face knowing that he would cut our throats just to look at us. Then so would so many of our own.

    The white man isn’t destroying us; we are destroying ourselves because we misuse the Word of God. We have so little respect for each other or for ourselves. Education as a few of you said earlier is a Must. Jobs and Responsibility is a must. Without these we will continue be the self inflicted slaves we are.

    I am no young girl but I’ve never been a fool either. My people are perishing for the lack of knowledge and the rejection of knowledge. When you go to that mirror and see the God in you, as the Word tells us too then and then only we will understand what it truly mean “didn’t I say you was little gods” God made us in His image, His likeness and expect to one day have us live in eternity with Him. He created us to be His family. Not the devil that we serve every day. You can keep on teaching that Hell is just a sleep if you want…and the children will keep on riding the fast road to hell.

  65. OpinionMyOwn
    July 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | #65

    Zoe Ellen Brain :I belong to the only minority group that has a higher rate of being murder victims in the USA than young urban black males. Not that’s that’s relevant here.
    I can – barely – understand how it could possibly be that this child was perceived as a deadly threat. Possibly. I’m not saying likely, but giving all possible benefit of the doubt. A cop’s job in not an easy one.
    Hit 8 times in peripheral anatomy – meaning a LOT more shots were fired, at a range where hits in centre of mass were unlikely – that means they blazed away, essentially at random, in his general direction. Panic fire, undisciplined, not the calm, aimed shots they’re supposed to use. That they’re trained to use. That anyone carrying a gun “to protect and serve” is compelled to use, or they shouldn’t be wearing a badge. Heck, they shouldn’t be allowed NEAR a firearm, they can’t use it responsibly.
    Naturally no wrongdoing will be found. There’s something dreadfully wrong in Chicago Law Enforcement. They’re not part of the solution, they’re part of the problem. That’s giving them all possible consideration.

    AMEN

  66. OpinionMyOwn
    July 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm | #66

    AMEN

  67. CW
    July 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm | #67

    According to the family he wasn’t carrying anything at all. Either way, what the hell? He raised his hands in the air and they still shot him.

    For those of you who keep harping on the weapon thing, think about this. It’s the police we’re talking about here. They will lie to cover their misdeeds.

    If you have your hands in the air and are trying to surrender – then WHY shoot him?

    Stop believing the police version of this story!

  68. Forevernprayer
    July 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm | #68

    Proper my butt..Where was the taser? why eight times? They could see this was a child…Oops a black child. It is by the grace of God this kid is not dead. The police use the same story in every situation “he fit the description” did the description say it was a kid?
    Ppl forget their is a God and you will have to answer Sooner than later. Don’t sell your soul for a job.

  69. me
    July 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm | #69

    my boyfriend is a chgo cop. i pray everyday all day that my man remains safe. chicago is not an overall safe place-it is part of my boyfriend’s responsibility to uphold the law and keep the safety of everyone INCLUDING those who sit on their azzess complaining about cops. PEOPLE DON’T RAISE THEIR DAMN KIDS-PERIOD, stop crying racism for everything. these so called children don’t go to school, stay out all night, have no respect for the elderly or anyone else and if you think its sad then meet their parents. one child, about 7 had a marijuana plant cut into his head by his own father. black mothers are smoking blunts and calling their 4 and 5 yr old daughters bytches and hoes. my man is a black cop who loves black people and patrols a black neighborhood-my own mother still lives there. the things he experiences with your so called children are heartbreaking. a week ago he arrested a 14 yr old and discovered he was carrying a gun-thank you for grace and mercy-however, its not the first time he’s had that experience. he, thanks god everyday that he doesn’t have to use his gun although he has had to draw it. many of you whine and complain and call foul without realizing that cops have families who want them to come home after work like everyone else. there are bad cops but they all aren’t. none of you-clearly-live in the city of chicago and see the day to day downfall of the black family and the residue of generations of project life that has been incorporated into communities. sue is what many of you have blogged which is stupid because a lawsuit is funded by taxpayers. the streets are plagued with gangbangers and others that have no regard for the law-all races and cultures. i don’t know what happened that night and none of you do either. until we start raising our children and caring for our community, the black family will continue this downward spiral.

  70. angel
    July 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm | #70

    My son is 22 years old. If he gets shot it will more than likely be by a black male than by the police because nobody kills black men like black men. Now if somebody is pointing a gun at me I will definitely shoot back. I don’t think I would have the time to check his id for his age or make sure the gun is real. I am a black woman terrified of young black males.How do you think the police feels who deal with the violence everyday?

  71. July 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm | #71

    I don’t believe them and i don’t think it went down like they said it did,was not anyone else around when this took places,for they said they was at a birthday party. I see 2011 we going backward and not forward because they not trying to help the black race then have to kill us off because we out number them as a black race. If they can’t lock them up then they going to kill the ones they can. We got to go back to the street and march until everything in life is balance rite and that is all to it. Peace

  72. me
    July 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm | #72

    @ Angel:
    Amen!! I, too have a 22year old son and three other teenage boys and yes, I do agree with you. We don’t instill values in our children anymore. We don’t teach them anything but we want sympathy when things like this occur. Everything is not racism some things, more than others are plain common sense. Why is he out in the park @ that hour? Chicago Parks are closed by 10p. Why is he out period, past curfew? Why does he have a bb gun? Against the law in this city.
    Why??? Please. I’m tired of black foolishness!If you know
    Certain things like cops and black men don’t mix why increase your chances of running into situations? There are innocent victims of cop brutality, I’m not sure this is an example

  73. July 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm | #73

    Angel not lieing u are not black u got to be white because u talk like a fool and u talk like u white or a want to be. Yes we know we got a problem but the white system plays a big part in it to. Angel u need to go on with that mess somewhere else because u white and if not u a want to be that is all to it. Peace

  74. afraid for our future
    August 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | #74

    “family says that they were at a birthday party for a cousin when the shooting took place”.

    ……DID YOU ALL NOT READ THAT????
    the FAMILY was at a relatives birthday party…at a relatives house……
    the child was with his parents at a family birthday party at a relatives home….
    how was that a recipe for disaster????..THIS negative mentality towards EVERYTHING that our children do…is a huge part of our issue as a people….

    REALLY?
    stop making excused for the racist ways and lack of professionalism of the cops that lead the modern day holocaust of our babies…

    Are we (blacks) under a curfew now…. are we no longer allowed to do what is sometimes the one thing that brings us joy in most cases…..be around our family and have get togethers at our homes…and laugh and play music and enjoy each others company????

    and young black boys love the whole cops and robbers… and play with fake guns just as much as white boys when they are young…..
    most cops….had a love for gun play when they were young too and that is why they are cops today……. why would that not be the same for ours? If bb guns are against the law in that city or state then the parents need to address that…. (but they are not illegal in all cities and states…BUT we run into the same issues..)

    unfortunately…(JUST BECAUSE WE ARE BLACK)…we have to have survival talks with our boys on the fact that if you are running around the house with a bb gun….you need to stay in the BACK yard or inside of house and not the front where passersby-ers can see you and ASSUME that you have a real gun and are up to no good….

    this boys ran…because our CHILDREN have the same fear of scary situations that everyone’s elses have if not MORE because of the constant threatening and hostile nature in which they are treated…

    in order to save ourselves and our children and the future of the American of color.
    there is going to have to be a gathering of forces just like our parents and grand and great grands did back in the day….. to make is known that we ARE serious about protecting our children and lively-hood…as we have made more contributions to the prosperity of this country that any one else…

    the hard work and lost lives and progress of our ancestors is being held in vain and being reversed setting us back every minute we keep thinking with the brainwashed “Willie Lynch syndrome”,,,,to be against one another and not think and act as one….

  75. me
    August 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm | #75

    If your comment wasn’t as serious as you intended it to be, it would be hilarious. This article is secondary to what actually happened. Its an article intended for a black audience that hasn’t a clue to Chicago living. Get as mad as you like-then after you remove your rose colored glasses-get a clue

  76. machiste rankin
    August 2, 2011 at 1:28 am | #76

    For Qboro, your telling me it is acceptable for the police to HAVE TO talk a gun out of a thirteen year old boys hands? That’s the ridiculous argument. Maybe so many young blacks shouldn’t be messing with guns in the first place. When the blame is in your lap, don’t look to others, try looking in a mirror.

  77. Jardona
    August 2, 2011 at 3:00 am | #77

    SERIOUSLY, DID THEY REALLY NEED TO SHOOT THE BABY 8 DAMN TIMES. COPS ARE SUCH DAMN COWARDS. I GUESS THEY WERE AFRAID FOR THEIR LIVES. THEY ARE A PRETTY PISS POOR EXCUSE FOR HUMAN BEINGS. MOST COPS HIDE BEHIND THEIR BADGES WHILE DOING THEIR DIRT. THAT’S WHY SOME OF THEY’RE ASSES ARE USED FOR TARGET PRACTICE OR COME UP MISSING. SOMETHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO THOSE DAMN PUNKS ASS COPS. SHOOTING THAT CHILD THAT MANY DAMN TIMES WAS JUST SENSELESS. YES I AGREE HOW MANY OF OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE OR GET SERIOUSLY INJURED BY THE SAME PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US. WHEN IS THIS GOING TO END. EXCESSIVE FORCE AGAIN AND THEY WILL GET AWAY IT BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK KID. THEY’RE GUILTY ASS HELL BUT THE POLICE CHIEF WON’T DISCIPLINE THEM INSTEAD HE’LL CONGRATULATE THEM AND PROBABLY BE MAD BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KILL THE CHILD. COPS WHO HIDE BEHIND THEIR BADGES AND CAPTAINS ALL NEED TO BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW OR SOMETHING BAD NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO THEM. KARMA WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT THIS KIND OF TRAGEDIES HAPPENING AND COPS NOT SUFFERING ANY CONSEQUENCES.

  78. claudia
    August 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm | #78

    When will this ever stop. Our black kids are becoming walking guinie pigs to the police department so the cops have a opportunity to try out their weapons. Its sad that a young kid had to take 8 bullets by some over kill maniacs cops that thinks its okay to shoot that many times. I understand we are living in a world where cops are more frightened then the public whom they suppose to be protecting. Its always confusion and missightings when cops go to this estreem. I hope this young kid will be alright. I know he might suffer some massive damage done but I hope he survives and with prayer he will be made whole again. Shame on all of you Cops who is destroying the hopes and dreams of our kids.

  79. August 3, 2011 at 12:32 am | #79

    The Black Man will soon disapear. locked up, killed, turn gay. No babies, no future. between dirty authoirty and cops we are doomed if we don’t stand up soon.

  80. cgrisbyne
    August 3, 2011 at 12:39 am | #80

    To the nut job that said my boyfriend is a chgo cop.

    RE-READ THIS POSTING.

    YOU SAID: “MY BOY FRIEND”? THAT’S THE PROBLEM “BOY FRIEND”! HAVE YOU YET LEARNED THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A BOY AND A MAN? YOU SOUND SORT OF CONFUSED. IS HE A MAN OR A BOY? “I pray everyday all day that my man remains safe” WHO IS YOUR god THAT YOU PRAY TOO?

    YOU NEED TO READ THIS AGAIN. YOU ARE A RACIST. INSECURE, INMMATURE FOOLISH WOMAN (?) POLICEMEN/WOMEN COME IN MULTI-COLORS. NOT JUST WHITE. (my man is a black cop who loves black people and patrols a black neighborhood-) BLACK, I AM SURE HE DOES LOVE BLACK PEOPLE UNLESS SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH HIM.

    “Thank God”? WHAT GOD? I AM SURE YOU DON’T PRAISE THE SAME GDD THE REST OF US DO. AFTER ALL, THE GOD I SERVE LOVES ALL PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN.

    BUT YOUR god LIVES IN THE RICH SUBURBS none of you-clearly-live in the city of chicago) I LIVE IN CHICAGO. I HAVE RAISED MY FAMILY IN CHICAGO. BUT YOU TEND TO FORGET THAT BLACK PARENT LOVES THEIR CHILDREN JUST AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER RACE. DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN? WAIT A MINTUE…YOU DID SAY “we”

    ( the things he experiences with your so called children are heartbreaking) THIS IS WORST THEN THE WORD SUB-HUMAN.

    I CAN’T BELIEVE AN ADULT PERSON WROTE THIS, ESPECIALLY A RESPECTABLE ONE. “black mothers are smoking blunts and calling their 4 and 5 yr old daughters bytches and hoes.” HOW WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT A BLACK MOTHER DOES IN HER GHETTO HOUSE? HAVE YOU VISITED HER PROJECTED HOME AND LIFE? THERE ARE A LOT OF WONDERFUL PEOPLE COMING OUT OF THOSE PROJECTS. WE ARE GOING TO FIND GOOD AND BAD PEOPLE NO MATTER WHERE WE GO. IT DOES NOT MATTER THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. JUST BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN PROJECTS DON’T MEAN THEY GOT TO BE BAD. YOUR LANGUAGE? WOOOOOOO, YOU SOUND JUST LIKE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO A LOT OF THE RAPS AND GANGBANGERS YOU SPEAK AGAINST.

    MY COUSIN RAISED 11 CHILDREN IN THE PROJEECTS AND NOT A ONE IS BEHIND THE WALL HAVE NEVER BEEN BEHIND THE WALL BUT MINES HAVE, AND THEY DEFINITELY DIDN’T COME OUT OF THE PROJECTS,

    AND I DO NOT, MIND YOU. DO NOT SMOKE PERIOD. HOW ABOUT YOU? DO YOU SMOKE? WHAT DO YOU SMOKE? YOUR LETTER SOUNDS LIKE YOU WAS GETTING OFF WHILE YOU WERE WRITING THIS.

    ARE YOU SURE YOUR BOY FRIEND IS A COP? ARE YOU SURE HE ISN’T SOMEBODY ELSES HUSBAND? “. people don’t raise their damn kids-period,”

    YOUR LETTER IS SO FILLED WITH HATE. I CAN HEAR THE DEVIL RATTLERING LOUD, BECAUSE THE KID DIDN’T DIE. YOU ARE A CRUEL PERSON AND NEEDS TO GET TO KNOW THE LORD FOR YOURSELF. AFTER ALL DOESN’T THE BIBLE SAY GOD IS NO RESPECT OF PERSONS AND THAT WE MUST PRAY FOR EACH OTHER AND LOVE EACH OTHER? DIDN’T THE BIBLE ALSO SAY THAT “SUFFER NOT THE LITTLE CHILDREN TO COME INTO HIM? IT WOULD SEEM THAT YOU WOULD BE OUT THERE TRYING TO HELP THESE YOUNG LOST SOULS THAT NEEDS GUIDANCES AND LOVE, TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG, OR DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCES?

    I WOULD HATE TO HAVE SOMEONE LIKE YOU HOLDING MY BACK IF I WAS A POLICE. YOUR BITTERNESS ALONE WOULD DESTROY THAT POOR GUY.

    IF THE BLACKS ARE SO BAD WHY DON’T YOU GET YOUR MOTHER OUT OF THERE?

    WHY ARE YOU SHACKING WITH A BLACK MAN INSTEAD OF MARRYING HIM? DOESN’T HE FIND YOU GOOD ENOUGH OR IS HE ONE OF THOSE BOY MEN THAT FEELS WHY BOTHERS TO BUY THE COW WHEN THE MILK IS FREE?

    ARE YOU SURE GOD LIVES IN YOUR HEART OR INSIDE YOUR DOOR? BETTER THINK BEFORE YOU ANSWER THIS ONE. GOD SAID HE DON’T LIVE IN NO UNCLEAN THING. FORNICATORS, ADULTERS, ETC; WHILE YOU ARE CURSING ALL THESE UNLEARNED, UNCIVILIZED BLACK PEOPLE, YOU NEED TO LEARN WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE OTHERS AS WELL AS YOUR SELF.

    ARE YOU BLACK? DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BLACK? ARE YOU SELF EMPLOYED OR EMPLOYED AT ALL? DO YOU HONESTLY SPEND YOUR DAY PRAYING FOR THIS COP AS YOU CALLED HIM, PROTECTION? YOU SHOULD BE PRAYING FOR HIS/YOUR SALVATION. YOU SHOULD BE PRAYING THAT YOU GET TO KNOW THE LORD YOURSELF.

    YOU SPEAK OF RACISM. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE DONE HERE? WHO COULD BE ANY MORE RACIST?

    YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING ONLY THE POLICE, THE BOY AND GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT CHILD. LET US PRAY THAT HE GET UP, WHOLE, AND FORGIVING. LET US PRAY THAT HE’S LEARNED FROM WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN HIS LIFE. LET US PRAY THAT OTHER PARENTS ARE TAKING A CLOSE LOOK AT THEIR CHILDREN.

    AND THEN LET US PRAY THAT YOUR BOY FRIEND, GROW UP, BECOME A MAN AND PUT A REAL RING ON YOUR FINGER, TAKE YOU AND YOUR MOTHER OUT OF THE GHETTO, AS YOU BOTH GET TO KNOW THE LORD.

    I REALIZE THAT WHAT I AM SAYING HERE ARE UGLY BUT SO ARE YOUR STATEMENTS. THOSE PARENTS LOVE THEIR CHILD EVEN IF YOU DON’T. YOUR COP’S MOTHER LOVES HIM TOO I AM SURE. DO YOU TWO HAVE A CHILD OR CHILDREN OR IS HE SOME OTHER CHILD’S FATHER?

    GOOD NIGHT LADY/MAN. LOVE YOUR SELF AND YOU MIGHT LEARN TO LOVE OTHERS. WHEN YOU CAN SPEAK THIS HARD ABOUT A CHILD WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

    I AM POSTING THIS TO LET YOU KNOW HOW FOOLISH WE SOUND. TWO SUPPOSEDLY ADULT WOMEN, SLAMMING EACH OTHER INSTEAD OF PRAYING FOR THAT CHILD AND CHILDREN OUT THERE IN DANGER. INSTEAD OF ASKING THAT WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR ALL INVOLVED. POLICEMEN (WOMEN) NEED PRAYER TOO. THERE ARE MANY GOOD POLICEMEN OUT HERE TRUE ENOUGH, BUT HOW MANY ARE SHOOTING WHITE CHILDREN? HOW MANY WHITE CHILDREN ARE IN PRISON OR JAIL BECAUSE THEY WAS BUSTED BY A COP. TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT OUR PRISONS AND THEN LADY POLICE GIRL FRIEND TELL ME THAT BLACK UNLEARNED, UNTRAINED BLACK CHILDREN ARE THE ONLY ONES COMMITTING CRIMES. GOD BLESS YOU, OPEN YOU EYES, BEFORE THE LIGHT GOES OUT. MANY HAS EYES AND CAN NOT SEE, MANY HAS EARS AND CAN NOT HEAR. AND MANY HAVE MOUTHS AND THE WRONG THING FALLS OUT ALL THE TIME. THE TONGUE IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON THAT HAS LANDED SO MANY INTO PRISON AND CEMETERIES.

    NOW CALL ME WHAT YOU WILL. I AM OKAY…I CAN HANDLE IT. BUT KNOW THIS I AM PRAYING FOR YOU ANYWAY, JUST AS I AM PRAYING FOR ALL THOSE CHILDREN AND PROJECT PEOPLE YOU SPOKE OF. I AM PRAYING FOR ALL THOSE GOOD POLICES AS WELL AS THOSE BAD ONES. AND I AM ASKING GOD TO FORGIVE ME FOR SENDING YOU THIS UGLY MESSAGE BECAUSE I SHOULDN’T HAVE HAD TO POST IT TO YOU.

  81. me
    August 3, 2011 at 1:17 am | #81

    @cgrisbyne

    You’re so illiterate it hurts. I would not dare attempt to get through that entire book you wrote. Thanks for proving my point “11 children in the projeects” -you seem highly offended if all is going so well. As a matter of fact, next time let one of them read you the article therefore, it won’t take you six days to get through. By the way upper case shows that you’re loud in addition to being stupid! City colleges offer pre reqs in order for you to prepare your next analysis. I would offer more but it would be fruitless.

  82. lenisedevers
    August 3, 2011 at 5:15 am | #82

    They are killing our boys. If you are an organization or group in the bay area who are speaking out against these murders please email me your whereabouts. I want to join. Thank you. this is no accident.

  83. cgrisbyne
    August 3, 2011 at 10:42 am | #83

    me @ you are right it does take an illitrate person to have tried to make you understand the value of family and children. .

    I am not offended by my cousin children… they are all doing well, besides they aren’t my children which I would be proud of them if they were. It took a special kind of woman to bring one or two children reaching adult hood these days even if they aren’t in the project.

    Upper case isn’t showing I am loud except too you who didn’t answer one question because you were offended. Upper case is because I wanted to make sure you heard me ..and you did. You also read the who thing…

    Now back to the young man. What are you willing to do to reach out to the rest of the young men and women out here?. College don’t prepare you for what’s going on out here with the children.

    Now let me say again:

    “I AM POSTING THIS TO LET YOU KNOW HOW FOOLISH WE SOUND. TWO SUPPOSEDLY ADULT WOMEN, SLAMMING EACH OTHER INSTEAD OF PRAYING FOR THAT CHILD AND CHILDREN OUT THERE IN DANGER. INSTEAD OF ASKING THAT WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR ALL INVOLVED.

    POLICEMEN (WOMEN) NEED PRAYER TOO. THERE ARE MANY GOOD POLICEMEN OUT HERE TRUE ENOUGH, BUT HOW MANY ARE SHOOTING WHITE CHILDREN? HOW MANY WHITE CHILDREN ARE IN PRISON OR JAIL BECAUSE THEY WAS BUSTED BY A COP.

    TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT OUR PRISONS AND THEN LADY POLICE GIRL FRIEND TELL ME THAT BLACK UNLEARNED, UNTRAINED BLACK CHILDREN ARE THE ONLY ONES COMMITTING CRIMES.

    GOD BLESS YOU,

    OPEN YOU EYES, BEFORE THE LIGHT GOES OUT. MANY HAS EYES AND CAN NOT SEE, MANY HAS EARS AND CAN NOT HEAR. AND MANY HAVE MOUTHS AND THE WRONG THING FALLS OUT ALL THE TIME. THE TONGUE IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON THAT HAS LANDED SO MANY INTO PRISON AND CEMETERIES.

    NOW CALL ME WHAT YOU WILL. I AM OKAY…I CAN HANDLE IT.

    BUT KNOW THIS I AM PRAYING FOR YOU ANYWAY, JUST AS I AM PRAYING FOR ALL THOSE CHILDREN AND PROJECT PEOPLE YOU SPOKE OF. I AM PRAYING FOR ALL THOSE GOOD POLICES AS WELL AS THOSE BAD ONES. AND I AM ASKING GOD TO FORGIVE ME FOR SENDING YOU THIS UGLY MESSAGE BECAUSE I SHOULDN’T HAVE HAD TO POST IT TO YOU.”

    Good night and May the Lord enlighten you before it’s to late. And Me, if you have any children I pray they are safe…policemen as boyfriends, husbands, man friend don’t stop bullets. bullets don’t carry names. I love you in Jesus Christ. Just in case you don’t know it Jesus loves you too.

  84. Sharon
    August 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm | #84

    I think the family should sue the toy company, & the police department. Too many children are shot over a toy gun. The toy is hazardous to childrens innocent lives. You promote playing with guns and profit, you need to be responsible for the lives of children shot down like animals for mimicking the adults in and around there lives. You place no warning or advisory on the toy packaging! I want you sued! As for the Police Department….Im sick of your damn excuses for killin blacks at the drop of a hat! You need to be sued! I want justice dammit! NOW! Im getting tired of the Police Brutality! I had a cop come to my residence in Southern MD, and immediately he wanted to remember being familiar with my youngest son and implying that he had to come because of an (negative) incident with him. I had to swiftly correct his white, predjudice,stereyotyping self. My son has never been in trouble with the law nor is he today. What you are remembering is me calling the police and you being the respondant, had conversations with me, taking my report about my white neighbor who kicked my car windows in and his 7 year old daughter tampering with those windows continuing to push one of the cracked windows further in. My son happen to be standing with me as I made my report. I am sick of you predjudice Police! Do your damn job right with better judgement!

  85. whitey
    September 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm | #85

    Sharon :I think the family should sue the toy company, & the police department. Too many children are shot over a toy gun. The toy is hazardous to childrens innocent lives. You promote playing with guns and profit, you need to be responsible for the lives of children shot down like animals for mimicking the adults in and around there lives. You place no warning or advisory on the toy packaging! I want you sued! As for the Police Department….Im sick of your damn excuses for killin blacks at the drop of a hat! You need to be sued! I want justice dammit! NOW! Im getting tired of the Police Brutality! I had a cop come to my residence in Southern MD, and immediately he wanted to remember being familiar with my youngest son and implying that he had to come because of an (negative) incident with him. I had to swiftly correct his white, predjudice,stereyotyping self. My son has never been in trouble with the law nor is he today. What you are remembering is me calling the police and you being the respondant, had conversations with me, taking my report about my white neighbor who kicked my car windows in and his 7 year old daughter tampering with those windows continuing to push one of the cracked windows further in. My son happen to be standing with me as I made my report. I am sick of you predjudice Police! Do your damn job right with better judgement!

    really lets just sue the toy company. acctualy there is a warning on all bb gun boxes. also whos promoteing playing with guns. this is simple if you dont want your kids to play with them dont buy them problem solved. if you do buy them one teach them resposibility and not to point it at anyone. the most racist people i ever hear is black people o pitty me im black everyone hates me. stop putting yourself down you are not helping the problem if you want people to respect you you need to respect yourself and others. i bet your favorite saying is “its because im black huh” and whos the racist

  86. Ras
    September 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm | #86

    WOW Its Really SAD and Pathetic how police officers behave, they are suppose to be the ones to protect us but instead we have to be afraid but one thing is for sure one day theyll have to answer to all their wrong doing and HELL is whrer theyll land

  87. zara
    October 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | #87

    Shahid Raki :I The Klan doesn’t have to target us anymore for destruction. We do it everyday to ourselves. I can understand that we are frustrated, demoralized, and depressed. I cannot understand why we continue to destroy ourselves. Self destruction will not work for anyone. We are the worst amongst us who kill us. We get all upset and bent out of shape when a police officer kills one of us. Why don’t we get upset when one of us kills one of us? Then to top it off, we don’t speak up when the police ask us who did. That’s just letting the killer of us get away with killing one of us, just like when the police get away with killing one of us. Can’t you see? There is no difference in what happens. It’s only with who does it.

    I’ve only just come across this article today. I agree and disagree with many of the opinions raised upon this sad subject. I live in the UK and agree that the police over here (the same authority figures who are supposedly meant to “protect” us) tend to have the same warped mentality of what their idea of “protection” is.

    i agree with the Shaid Raki comment’s wholeheartedly. In 2009 my cousin was murdered by a mistaken identity and to this day the police have been unable to find out who it is that committed this crime. To my family it seems that he just happens to be another statistic of a young black man whose live meant nothing living in London. The irony is that only two weeks after the real intended vicitm was identifed as he was killed in the same area. Trident police (our murder investigation team) apologised that they ahve should have done more to protect the area. But their apologies are meaningless.Common sense must intervene at some point that If you have been investigating an area for a period of 2 months because you have a tip off that a person who visits that area reguarly is causing trouble; then inevitabley repercussions will envenutally occur. It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that more monitoring and protection should have been occuring within that area.

    The police’s excuse is that they were waiting to see what happened! This I understand but come on at some point our commen sense must prevail. It begs the question that if a troublemaker is aware that they are being “hunted” their common sense will prevail and they will move their issues elsewhere.

    Those four people who commited this despicable crime against my cousin who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time have never and wlll never be caught.They have got of scot free because they chose to use weapons and play God that day. Out of all the fourty neighbours where this happened not ONE PERSON witnessed anything. Only ONE woman was brave enough to identify four people running away from the scene of the crime. Only ONE woman was brave enough to risk hers and her’s family’s lives to nurse my dying cousin. Words can not express the immense gratitude that we feel towards this woman. I am very much aware that we are lucky to have even one person who we can say was there to comfort our dying family member in his hour of need; as in many cases there is usually no one. NO ONE SPEAKS out for fear of retaliation hence why we have such a thing called anoyoumous helplines to the police. Be real those four cowards needed weapons against ONE person. What is the realistic likelihood that if all those people in that local are who decided to play blind and deaf that day stood together and spoke up then there would not be another family asking why and left feeling dumb too.

    It takes one person to do the right thing, to take that initative and you will find that the community will follow. For example the London riots recently started because one family and a community decided that they were not going to accept the police’s version of events for why they felt justified to kill their child and look at the shocking aftermath.

    I recently found a knife outside my window before I moved and I immediately informed the police. Their response to me ” there was nothing they could do at this moment in time and they would send some one around to remove it, but I was under strict instructions not to touch it myself”. This knife stayed otuside for two days until i decided enough was enough and took it to the local station myself. Their response was much different then, I was cautioned as I had removed a weapon from a scene of a crime that was committed the same day. I said to the officer they were very much aware that a weapon was missing and no one had thought to search the area and had ignored my repeated attempts to raise awareness of the fact and now I took it upon myself to remove this weapon from outside my home so my child and no one can injure themselves or god forbid some moron chooses to use it again. I’ve commited a crime. This officer just looked at me like I was a two headed alien.

    This proves the point that the police love to advertise that they do everything in their power to protect the local community… NOT.

    I pray that this child will make a full recovery and that questions will be answered and that hopefully those police who played a part in their “heroic actions” will do the righteous thing and admit their mistakes. But alas we no that will not be the case. Instead they will be rewarded much like the police over here for their heroic actions. The difference is that over here they would also make front page of the newspapers and be given recognition in the form of a medal by the Queen.

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