Good guys with guns had better be white

Good guys with guns had better be white

by digby

This is just heartbreaking:

A black man killed by the police in an Alabama mall in November was shot three times from behind, according to a forensic examination commissioned by the man’s family.

The finding, announced in a news conference on Monday, was seen by the man’s family and lawyers as evidence he was running away and posed no threat to the officer who shot him.

Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 21, was fatally shot in the middle of a panicked crowd at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., on Nov. 22, as officers responded to reports of gunshots on Thanksgiving night. Witnesses said Mr. Bradford, who was legally carrying a handgun, was directing shoppers to safety.

But the authorities publicly identified him as the gunman, an initial misidentification they retracted a day later. The shooting and its aftermath have ignited protests in Hoover, a predominantly white suburb about 10 miles south of Birmingham.

There have been enough events lately with black men attempting to do the right thing getting shot on sight anyway that I would think even the racists would see how ludicrous their "good guy with a gun" theory really is --- and maybe begin to perceive just a little bit of the agony suffered by African Americans in this country and why they have to insist that Black Lives Matter. After all, they get shot all the time when they aren't armed.

This sick gun culture combined with racism and trigger-happy cops is a lethal combination.