Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another Racially Profiling Incident Leads to a Shooting?

A former high school classmate of mine was shot last night in his own driveway, next to his car that the police claimed was "stolen". He and his cousin were laying on the ground of the driveway per police orders, his mother came outside to protest, one cop pushed her up against a wall, Robbie tried to complain and was shot as he stood up...he had no weapons. They live in an affluent part of Houston, the suburb Bellaire. They were black; the cops white. The car was not stolen. He was unarmed. 2 other shots missed Robbie. He is expected to recover and there is an investigation going on now.

Here is the full article.

There are over 1000 comments on that story already. This one stuck out to me:
Did the idiot cop by any chance think the house was stolen too? j/k-How else do you explain shooting someone outside of their house with a car registered to that address?

Update: The bullet is lodged in his liver; he will likely have to live with it the rest of his life. Click here for an updated article.

4 jewels of thought:

marlo said...

I just have to shake my head to this. It's now simply a classic story in American literature, or for that matter World Lit. To our demise, it's sad to say but we live in a world of haters and the hated, mixed with inequalities. It seems as though humans are programmed to find difference among us, and then penalize each other for those differences, i.e blacks and whites. This case certainly sounds racially motivated, and angers me deeply, just like all the other cases... sorry for your hardship :(

Vanessa said...

How horrible! And tho think people have claimed for so long that racism no longer exists nor stereotyping! It's sad that it continues on today and is simply trancended into different forms as the generations go by. I hope the officers are procecuted and your friend recovers not only physically but mentally (people always forget that side too).

ChocolateOrchid said...

I hate to hear that. But I am glad that everyone is okay.

Damn. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Gem said...

Marlo: I agree, I just feel really tired over these types of cases.

Vanessa: I know, I hate when people say racism/discrimination doesn't exist anymore. True, some people do play the race card and they ruin it/hide the truth for everyone else. You are right, the emotional/mental aspects of recovery are just as important, if not more important.

CO: I hear you. I am really glad he is ok.

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