In San Francisco today an unarmed black man was executed by firing squad made up of San Francisco’s finest. The police claimed the man had a knife and was the suspect in a stabbing. The man never resisted or made any aggressive movements toward any of the 8-10 police officers that had their weapons trained on him. The video is only 15 seconds long as that is the limit for Instagram videos but it shows the man bang on a metal door and begin to walk off before the cops unleash a hail of bullets from their weapons. The person filming dives into the bus for cover just as they start shooting but a cacophony of gunshots ring out leaving the viewer with the sad conclusion that another life was senselessly ended by law enforcement.
If this execution hadn’t been captured on video, it could easily have been passed over as another incident of a suspect lunging at an officer or making aggressive movements with his knife, causing the officers to in turn fear for their lives. Instead, objective evidence now exists that shows the opposite. Rather than trying to fight with the police, the man tried to leave, literally walking away from the police only to be stopped by a hail of bullets.
Prior to the video surfacing the police were only saying he was injured and his condition was unknown. The graphic nature of the video not only contradicts that narrative but exposes the SFPD for trying to lay the foundation for a cover up.
This is just another testament to the comply or die mentality of those who make up the enforcement class. In today’s climate of law enforcement and undying allegiance to the thin blue line cops have been granted a license to kill regardless of the situation. For years all over the U.S. the police have systematically exterminated anyone who disobeys them. In Cleveland, OH Sam Dubose was shot in the head for driving off during a traffic stop. Not the smartest of choices but should the penalty be death? In 2008 Oscar Grant was killed by a cop in the Fruitvale BART station. He was handcuffed and laying on his stomach.
Just like this incident those shootings, as well as, many others have been captured on video and are important in the process of exposing the police for what they truly are… a violent gang.
Now more than ever it is important for you to film the police. At the minimum you should always film your personal interactions with police. Not only can it protect you from police abuse but it allows you the option of exposing the police by sharing your footage through social media outlets and websites like CopBlock.org. If you are already filming the police or working to spread the message that badges don’t grant extra rights but would like to connect with other individuals who are also spreading this important message, consider joining the CopBlock Network and adding your skills and ideas to the fight against the police state.