Murder, mayhem in Midwest leave Black Americans angry, upset at anti-police movement
Black victims, including a police officer, a 7-year-old, and a man in his 30s were killed over the weekend in a spate of shootings throughout the Midwest as the U.S. sees surging unrest following the liberal imposition of their so-called “Summer of Love” that has pressured police to lessen their presence on the streets.
On Saturday night, 7-year-old Chrisyah Stephens was shot and killed while attending a birthday party at a friend’s house by a gunman in a vehicle that sped past the house, firing at attendees at the birthday party in South Bend.
“There were numerous people in front of the home when the shooting occurred, but Chrisyah was the only person hit by gunfire,” said local ABC News 5.
Chrisyah is Black.
In St. Louis, two police officers were shot, one in the head and the other in the leg, when responding to a call of shots fired.
“Officials with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said Officer Tamarris Bohannon responded to a shooting call Saturday when a man shot him in the head,” local KMOV4 said. Bohannon was taken to a hospital and died from his injuries on Sunday.
The second officer was shot while trying to assist Bohannon and was treated at the hospital and released.
The suspect later surrendered after a 9-hour standoff.
Bohannon, who was 29 at the time of his death, and Black, leaves behind a wife and three children.
In Kansas City, four victims were shot outside a nightclub owned by former Kansas City Chiefs player Alphonso Hodge, which was previously the scene of a shooting in January that saw two people die.
No one was killed in the club shooting over the weekend in KC, but the four victims are listed in critical condition.
“Police say they believe there were multiple shooters involved, and that dozens of rounds were fired at the scene,” says local KMBC. “Officers say their preliminary investigation revealed the shooting stemmed from an argument that began inside the club and spilled out into the parking lot.”
All the victims are Black.
In Chicago, Devon Welsh, 31, was killed when a white SUV pulled up to tent at a pancake house used for extra seating and opened fire on patrons over the weekend.
“Witnesses said they heard 20-30 shots fired into the restaurant’s large white tent that is set up in the parking lot and used for additional seating,” says local WLS. “Regulars said the extra space is especially needed on weekends, as the restaurant is popular with the after-church crowd.”
For a Devon Welsh relative, the event left him increasingly frustrated with authorities that won’t police the neighborhood.
“I won’t lie to you, it’s kind of normal for me. But for it to hit home, you know, it’s always that much worse. Of course I’m affected by it, yeah,” said Trevaugh Roberson, victim’s cousin told WLS. “For me, personally, this goes on all day, every day. Everybody knows this already. I just hope for better days.”
Black residents in cities throughout the U.S. have expressed increasing frustration with local government’s interference with police.
“Y’all don’t come out when the kids get shot. Y’all come out when it has something to do with the f—ing police,” said Chicago resident Keith Harris about the anti-cop groups. “We out here every day watching our kids get their brains blown out, with no budget, no resources. Y’all motherf—ers getting all the resources, and you want to come over here and disrupt our neighborhood.”
And the Black father of one of a special needs teenager who was killed in Seattle is seeking $1 billion in damages from the city for refusing to allow cops to keep order in the city earlier this year during a defund the police movement Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan called a “Summer of Love.”
“If that is your mother, your sister, your cousin, your neighbor’s kid that is being raped, robbed, assaulted, and otherwise victimized, you’re not going to want to have to report that it took the police three times longer to get there to provide services to them,” said Seattle’s Police Chief Carmen Best about the authorities abandoning the police.
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