America’s African American youth have looked to Democratic mayors to provide secure cities, protection and law and order. Unfortunately the Defund the Police movement that these politicians have embraced is fomenting violence that is costing many black youth their lives.
On Saturday night an 8-year-old girl, Secoriea Turner, was shot and killed in Atlanta near the Wendy’s where a white police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a black man, last month. The area was occupied by armed protesters who have been demanding accountability from police for his death.
The shooting took place in a parking lot across the street from the now burned-out Wendy’s, which has been occupied by demonstrators since Brooks’ death.
Police said Turner was riding in a car with her mother and her mother’s friend when they exited the interstate and the driver tried to turn into the parking lot when he was confronted by a “group of armed individuals” who had blocked the entrance.
“At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help,” police said in a statement. The child later died at the hospital.
Her heartbroken mother Charmaine Turner said, “We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks,” at a news conference Sunday. “We ain’t got nothing to do with that. [We’re] innocent. We didn’t mean no harm. My baby didn’t mean no harm.”
“They say black lives matter,” said the girl’s father, Secoriya Williamson. “You killed your own. You killed your own this time. Just because of a barrier. They killed my baby because she crossed a barrier and made a U-turn.”
“You killed a child,” he continued. “She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”
Several recent shootings in Atlanta left 23 people injured and several dead. Protesters also vandalized the Georgia State Patrol headquarters early Sunday with graffiti and fire. Armed black protesters also marched through Stone Mountain Park, east of Atlanta, to protest a Confederate rock carving.
Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, instead of using her authority to bring sufficient law enforcement personnel to establish safety, law and order to Atlanta’s streets, “demanded” that the shooters stop the violence.
“There are peaceful demonstrators across this city and across this country, and I applaud them and I thank them for being peaceful and for honoring the lives of so many people who have been killed in America because of injustice,” said the mayor on Sunday. “But this random wild, wild West, shoot ’em up because you can, it has got to stop. It has to stop.”
She announced that authorities would clear out the occupied area near the Wendy’s because ‘enough is enough’ but it was too little too late to save Turner. Bottoms has become a stooge of anarchists masquerading as “peaceful protesters” just like Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkhan and several other Democratic politicians.
Under Durkhan’s watch two young African Americans were shot and killed after protesters set up an autonomous zone in downtown Seattle to demand accountability for police brutality after the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer. Two others were shot and injured. Seattle police abandoned the nearby East Precinct on June 9, leaving it empty and boarded up.
In the early hours of June 20, 19-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson was killed and a 33-year-old man was injured. A second shooting the next day left a 17-year-old boy injured, and another man was wounded in a third shooting two days later.
On June 30 a sixteen-year-old teen was murdered and a 14-year-old boy was left fighting for his life in intensive care.
The mayor told residents of the city that police officers wouldn’t force protesters to leave the area, but would instead ask them to voluntarily leave. She assured residents of the city that the police would return to the abandoned precinct “peacefully and in the near future.” Early last Wednesday morning, Seattle police finally cleared the area formerly known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone.
‘Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked,’ President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday, as he has done repeatedly for several weeks. It is equally important that the president works to resolve the issues surrounding police use of force that continue to drive fear in the African American community so that anarchists and violent criminals won’t take the place of law enforcement officials.