Now I know a lot of people are going to say, but they are criminals because their mother was arrested in her car shortly after with a known gang member and bullet holes in her car. She was a caseworker with Children and Family Services. This has nothing to do with the young El men who were stopped. Even if they are known criminals, this does not give the police the right to beat or tase a suspect unless they are resisting arrest. If they have drugs, take the drugs and take them to jail. Then let the court system handle the rest.
The other story spotlighting another huge wrong was the mother having to offer a $5,000 reward for the capture of the murderer of her son, who was shot in broad daylight in front of witnesses in the park, yet no one has been arrested for this murder which happened in July of 2012, because no one has stepped forward with information.
Tonya Moone’s son was killed because the robbers thought he had an expensive cell phone. Now just how expensive can a cell phone be in comparison to taking a life of a young man who had just started his adult life. It’s somewhat scary that we have animals out there who put no value on a human life. I’m sorry, I insulted the animals, but these people are lower than animals. It’s also a reflection on the community that no one has stepped forward to bring this murderer and his associates to justice for the murder of Michael Rashad Moone Parrotte who was just 17.
Maybe I’m naïve, but I don’t see how these youngsters can live with themselves, knowing what they did, or someone they were with, who may have surprised them by pulling a weapon. Whatever happened, you fellows need to step up.
I feel for the police officers who have to deal with these heartless people everyday, but that’s no reason to lower themselves down to their level. Every young Black male is not a heartless criminal. Rashad wasn’t, yet he’s dead
It’s a shame that there isn’t as much outrage for Rashad as it has been for Trayvon Martin.
Hopefully Brandi Fisher, Tim Stevens and others will put enough pressure on the new mayor that heads will roll in the police department, and whoever the new Chief is, it will be made absolutely clear that beating and abusing suspects, even if they are guilty, will not be tolerated; and if you do it, it will cost you your job. There’s no place on the Pittsburgh Police force for this kind of behavior.
This would also improve community police relations and maybe more people would step forward to be witnesses or identify criminals, especially murderers.
Two wrongs don’t make a right. Just because there’s some bad police officers is no reason for us to overlook murders in our communities, especially considering the people they are murdering are other young Black people. And if we don’t start stepping up, and speaking up, it may be one of our sons, daughters or relatives next.
(Ulish Carter is the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)