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Before anyone pulls a race card on me, the fact that he is black doesn't mean anything. P.S: I am African American

Via: Dailydot.com:


" The Utah police fatally shot 22-year-old Darrien Hunt on Wednesday.
He was holding a fake samurai sword, which led some to believe he was
cosplaying, or costume playing, as Mugen from the popular anime Samurai Champloo."


"Hunt was killed outside the Panda Express in Sarasota Springs, Utah, after police responded to a complaint of a "suspicious individual" with a sword. The initial police statement claimed that Hunt had 'brandished the sword and lunged toward the officer with the sword" before hey shot him.

Hunt's family, however, is claiming that a private autopsy shows Hunt was shot in the back numerous times, and that multiple witnesses saw him running away from the police."


There is more to this article. I will post a hyperlink at the end of this post. My thoughts on this is it's honestly outrageous. I cannot say for a fact that the police or witnesses were correct but I'm siding with the witnesses and autopsy. Unless there was an officer behind him while he was lunging towards an officer in front of him then I cannot side with the authorities. This has been happening too much lately but the fact that it happened to someone who seemingly had even the slightest interest of anime fandom worries me. This could have happened to not just any other black cosplayer but a cosplayer of any race or gender.

I don't know how much media attention this is going to get but if it does I'm sure the media will bash on the anime community it in the slightest way they can. I will say that he probably shouldn't have been carrying around his sword. Even if he wasn't cosplaying what about the cosplayers when it's convention time walking around the streets such as Anime Expo in LA. Cosplaying is lively on the streets of downtown LA on Anime Expo in July. Though I'm sure authorities are alerted beforehand if there is going to be a convention in the area. So my final thoughts are... should they have killed him? Definitely not. Should he have been carrying around his sword? No he shouldn't have as it would have drawn attention to anyone. If what the witnesses and the autopsy show are correct then I really hope this guy's family get justice. EDIT: Utah has an open carrying law for swords, etc.





http://www.dailydot.com/news/darrien-hunt-shot-by-police-while-cosplaying/
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I don't mean to be disrespectful, but you never lunge at a police officer with a weapon.
My condolences to his family.
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The fact that he is black doesn't mean anything? This could have happened to any cosplayer, even white ones? No, I'm sure they thought he was extra dangerous because he is black.

I mean, these sorts of incidents happen multiple times a year (police overreacting to black suspects), they happen every year, and they have been making headlines for years. Let's face the truth, a lot of police officers...overreact to black suspects, they will use more force a lot of times, a lot of police officers think that black people are more likely to be criminals and also think they tend to be more dangerous than white suspects.

I mean, I feel those things shouldn't even be up for debate. Anyone who disagrees with those things...need to pay attention more. Coming at this from another angle, some people think this certain thing, known as 'white privilege', is just a myth and a lie, and that is not true. White privilege is a very real thing.


Another thing, we don't even know if this poor guy did "lunge" at police with this replica sword. The police said they open fired after he lunged at him, while eyewitnesses claim he was running away and was shot then, and the autopsy shows that he was shot multiple times in the back, and not one shot was to his front. I mean, it really looks like the police did not shoot him after he lunged at him. I mean, did he even lunge at the police at any time? We can see the police report has lies in it, maybe this guy didn't even lunge at police at any point.
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Yes, more shit thrown at the police for being racists.
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LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Yes, more shit thrown at the police for being racists.




Deny it all you want, I've seen enough over the years to conclude that a lot of police view black suspects in a different light than many other citizens.
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Dubnoman wrote:


LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Yes, more shit thrown at the police for being racists.




Deny it all you want, I've seen enough over the years to conclude that a lot of police view black suspects in a different light than many other citizens.


I wasn't denying or being sarcastic though.
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Dubnoman wrote:


LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Yes, more shit thrown at the police for being racists.




Deny it all you want, I've seen enough over the years to conclude that a lot of police view black suspects in a different light than many other citizens.


Don't forget about Hispanics too. We're in the same boat especially in backward states like Arizona.
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LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:


Dubnoman wrote:


LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Yes, more shit thrown at the police for being racists.




Deny it all you want, I've seen enough over the years to conclude that a lot of police view black suspects in a different light than many other citizens.


I wasn't being sarcastic though.



I'm sorry. Sometimes it is hard to infer things with just text. It came across as some cynical remark, I wrote the post, and then after that reread your post and realized it was probably not that but actually acknowledging there are a lot of racist police officers, but then you quoted me and responded right away, so...
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I edited the post sorry. I accidentally clicked Enter and it posted early.
Posted 9/17/14
Man I've lost hope in almost all police for the longest time. I seriously believe that if I cosplay I'll get stopped or arrested but when my white friends cosplay with fake weapons cops dont say shit. I'm done trying to believe that cops are good people, some are but most of them are just massive dicks. Like NWA said fuck the police, I'm done with them.
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Dubnoman wrote:

The fact that he is black doesn't mean anything? This could have happened to any cosplayer, even white ones? No, I'm sure they thought he was extra dangerous because he is black.

I mean, these sorts of incidents happen multiple times a year (police overreacting to black suspects), they happen every year, and they have been making headlines for years. Let's face the truth, a lot of police officers...overreact to black suspects, they will use more force a lot of times, a lot of police officers think that black people are more likely to be criminals and also think they tend to be more dangerous than white suspects.

I mean, I feel those things shouldn't even be up for debate. Anyone who disagrees with those things...need to pay attention more. Coming at this from another angle, some people think this certain thing, known as 'white privilege', is just a myth and a lie, and that is not true. White privilege is a very real thing.


Another thing, we don't even know if this poor guy did "lunge" at police with this replica sword. The police said they open fired after he lunged at him, while eyewitnesses claim he was running away and was shot then, and the autopsy shows that he was shot multiple times in the back, and not one shot was to his front. I mean, it really looks like the police did not shoot him after he lunged at him. I mean, did he even lunge at the police at any time? We can see the police report has lies in it, maybe this guy didn't even lunge at police at any point.


I don't think using the term white privilege is very productive for dialogue. But I will admit that law enforcement generally doesn't treat a black or minority suspect the same way as middle class white males.

The conflicting eyewitness accounts certainly give cause of suspicion of the police. And so does the autopsy, although the family was unwilling to provide a copy of the report at the time. It sounds like an investigation is in order.

One thing is for sure, its really strange that a normal person would consider charging cops with a fake sword. I'm not saying that maybe the man was crazy, but if he really did do that, then he had to have had some sort of mental illness.
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WHY IS EVERYONE SO AFRAID OF BLACK PEOPLE?????
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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/16/darrien-hunt-shot-in-the-back-by-utah-police-says-family-attorney

There's a better detailed article. He wasn't cosplaying, might want to change your thead title.

Back to the topic at hand, I'm in agreement with Dubnoman. Black men are killed by the police without rightful cause too often for it to simply be brushed off as a coincidence. I only hope that a change is made soon before this happens too many more times.
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sega31098 wrote:

I don't mean to be disrespectful, but you never lunge at a police officer with a weapon.
My condolences to his family.


What proof is there he did?
Posted 9/17/14

IShouldBeStudying wrote:

WHY IS EVERYONE SO AFRAID OF BLACK PEOPLE?????


Stereotypes. Which are silly.
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