TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY MEDIA MAVEN CRAIG GLAZER CONSIDERS SPATE OF POLICE KILLING BLACK MEN!!!
TKC NOTE: In a fearless post, Kansas City's KING OF STING Craig Glazer shares his insight into a recent deadly police shooting caught on video that also applies to the latest social media rage over a controversial killing and racial tension in the aftermath of this tragic trend.
Craig Glazer: The Alton Sterling Shooting
A 37 year old black male was shot and killed Tuesday by Baton Rouge Police Alton Sterling, outside a convenience store. We are told he is often there selling his CDs. It was reported the clerk at the store called police after an argument with Sterling and he told police that Sterling was armed. Videos of the incident show the police tackle Sterling, take him to the ground, seemingly have him in control, someone yells 'he has a gun' and then shots are fired into his body killing him. He had a gun, but it was not drawn out by Sterling. It still isn't quite clear what the hell happened to cause an officer to shoot him several times. Sterling died on the scene.
Now comes all the media racing in on yet another police involved killing of a black male suspect for reasons that seem at best weak. The racial implications are obvious. Police more and more get trigger happy when it comes to arresting black males and too often it ends with the suspect being shot and killed. All the recent examples are sighted by the press, families and the local community as well as national groups that see this happen all too often today.
The FBI is now involved and from what we have seen so far, an indictment of at least one or more officers is likely. What is the answer? How do we stop all the violence? Nobody has a good answer. We hear the same statements and comments after each tragic event. 'We need better training of officers' 'we need to work on black/white relations in the area' and the beat goes on.
In the end a few days of stories go by, someone is held to answer, local unrest often occurs, we now see this happen all too often. Much like terror attacks we as a nation and people seem helpless to stop it or even slow it down.
Race relations are at an all-time high with distrust and anger between blacks and whites nationawide. Yet we have a president who is of color and was voted in by a large number of white voters. We thought this would be a big step towards peace and race relations improving. They have gotten worse.
Today we have so many economic problems, too many people unemployed, low paying jobs, income can't keep up with rising bills for families and individuals. Social media fuels the fire. So does the print and tv media. We are now feeling somewhat helpless to fix it. Black on black crime is off the chain and violence in America is reaching a level where more and more people just want to go to work, get home, and stay there. The streets are scary after dark in too many cities and neighborhoods today.
I wish I had an answer. Will this get better in time? Everyone has words and feelings but nowhere do we seem to hear an answer that fits. Most Americans are just too busy trying to survive their own problems. Sad but true.