Activists criticized police departments in Chicago and Asheville, North Carolina for using damage control tactics that appear to make poor relations with Black residents worse.
In Chicago, community leaders were dissatisfied with the partial transparency of the Chicago Police Department after cops killed a Black man on Saturday, sparking an uprising in the city’s South Side, ThinkProgress reported.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson unexpectedly released a video clip of the shooting on Sunday that appeared to show Harith “Snoop” Augustus attempting to pull a gun from hip holster while fleeing from officers. However, Johnson and the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, citing the ongoing investigation, have declined to answer questions about the video.
Activist and mayoral challenger Ja’Mal Green rejected the notion that the video, which was intended to quiet the unrest, was a slam-dunk for the police, he told the news outlet.
“There [are] so many unanswered questions. I don’t think that people are satisfied with the video,” Green said.
He wants to know why the police failed to release audio of the conversation that Augustus was having with one of the officers right before two other cops tried to grab him from behind. The activist speculated that Augustus was complying with the first officer’s directions before getting blindsided — which escalated the situation.
Augustus appeared to pull a card from his wallet that resembles a state-issued firearm license but the police chose not to enhance that frame in the released video; they enhanced a close-up of Augustus’ pistol.
Meanwhile, Black activists in Asheville have doubts about the reason their police department gave for secretly gathering intelligence on local civil rights groups, the Citizen-Times reported.
The outcry stems from the newspaper’s report on Tuesday that the police department launched the intelligence operation two years ago after an officer shot and killed an African-American man in 2016 under questionable circumstances. The shooting sparked widespread protests.
The police claimed that members of two local civil rights groups — Black Lives Matter chapter and Showing Up for Racial Justice — threatened the department after the newspaper published its report. Cops then began to secretly monitor the groups.
That explanation didn’t sit well with the two groups and other local civil rights organizations.
“This is extraordinarily disturbing that we even have to pose these questions. APD (Asheville Police Department) needs to answer these questions publicly,” local NAACP President Carmen Ramos-Kennedy said, adding that the police monitoring of protesters is an intimidation tactic.
However, the department has declined to give any details about the threats. This situation creates more suspicion and distrust in the Black community for the police department, which already been under fire after a video surfaced last year of a vicious police beating in August of an unarmed Black pedestrian.
47 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
1. Botham Shem Jean, 261 of 47
2. Antwon Rose Jr., 172 of 47
3. Robert Lawrence White, 413 of 47
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7. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty 7 of 47
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17. Michael Brown, 18Source:Getty 17 of 47
18. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Getty 18 of 47
19. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty 19 of 47
20. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Getty 20 of 47
21. Laquan McDonald, 17Source:Getty 21 of 47
22. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty 22 of 47
23. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Getty 23 of 47
24. Rumain Brisbon, 34Source:Getty 24 of 47
25. Jerame Reid, 36Source:Getty 25 of 47
26. Charly Keunang, 43Source:Getty 26 of 47
27. Tony Robinson, 19Source:Getty 27 of 47
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29. Freddie Gray, 25Source:Getty 29 of 47
30. Brendon Glenn, 29Source:Getty 30 of 47
31. Samuel DuBose, 43Source:Getty 31 of 47
32. Christian Taylor, 19Source:Getty 32 of 47
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35. Quintonio LeGrier, 19Source:Getty 35 of 47
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40. Terrence Sterling, 31Source:Getty 40 of 47
41. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Getty 41 of 47
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43. Alfred Olango, 38Source:Getty 43 of 47
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45. Stephon Clark, 2245 of 47
46. Danny Ray Thomas, 3446 of 47
47. DeJuan Guillory, 2747 of 47
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