Off-duty Law Enforcement Official Executes Teen
From The Root.Com:
The family of Darius Smith, a 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot by an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent Friday night in Arcadia, Calif., is disputing the official narrative and demanding justice.
According to the agent, Darius and two 14-year-old boys tried to rob him at gunpoint after they all exited a train Friday night. One of the boys was Darius’ cousin. The agent, who works at San Francisco International Airport and lives in Arcadia, claims that he was forced to shoot the teens in self-defense, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Darius was hospitalized and died Saturday morning from his injuries. His cousin’s injuries were not life-threatening. The third teen was later taken into custody.
According to ABC7.com, the two teens who were not shot to death still face robbery charges. The border agent was allegedly bruised but did not require hospitalization.
Reshawna Myricks, Darius Smith’s mother, rejects the official narrative and insists that the teens would not have tried to rob anyone.
“Them boys didn’t do that,” Myricks told KCAL9. “They aren’t those type of boys to do that.”
“[They’re] going to walk home; they’re going to see their kids tonight,” Myricks said of the border agent and law-enforcement officers claiming that her son committed a crime. “I got to go back and tell my other three that one of them ain’t coming back no more.
“First they said there was no crime committed,” Myricks continued. “Now there is a crime committed. Now it’s a gun; then they said there was a fight. I don’t know what to believe. All I know is my baby [is] gone and I’ll never know his story.”
Lee Merritt, attorney for Darius’ family, says that after reviewing the case and speaking with the boys who survived the shooting, the victims’ families and an eyewitness who has not come forward publicly, he is sure that Darius was executed.
“Despite multiple shots from the killer, not one shot was fired from the gun allegedly carried by these boys (the reports are a toy gun was found near the scene),” Merritt wrote in a Facebook post. “While he was emptying his clip they appeared to be running for their lives.”
As The Root previously reported, Bridgeport, Conn., Police Officer James Boulay fatally shot Jayson on May 9 after a brief car chase. Authorities claim that Jayson backed into an officer, “forcing Boulay to shoot Jayson in the head and wound the passenger, Julian Fyffe, 22, in the shoulder.”
On April 29, Balch Springs, Texas, Police Officer Roy Oliver shot Jordan in the head with a rifle as the teen was leaving a party with his brothers. Chief Jonathan Haber initially claimed that the car in which Jordan was traveling was “backing down the street toward officers in an aggressive manner,” which forced Oliver to open fire.
Haber later retracted that statement after viewing video of the fatal shooting, claiming that he “misspoke.”
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Published : Monday, May 29, 2017 | 5:54 AM
The mother of a Pasadena teen who was fatally shot Friday in an officer-involved shooting in Arcadia is questioning the police version of the incident and demanding authorities explain how it happened.
Darius Smith, 15 years old, was shot after he and two other teens, one of them his cousin, allegedly attempted to rob an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent who lives in Arcadia, according to the police account.
The agent told authorities he acted in self-defense.
Smith’s mother, Reshawna Myricks, told KCAL she does not believe her son and the other teens could be involved in a robbery attempt.
“[The] boys didn’t do that,” Myricks said in a KCAL report. “They aren’t those type of boys to do that.”
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department says the officer told them he got off the Gold Line at about 8 p.m. and saw Smith and the other two teens also get off.
He said the teens attacked him from behind at Colorado Blvd. and First Avenue and demanded money and valuables. One the teens allegedly pointed a gun at him.
“The victim thought the subjects were going to rob and shoot him so he retrieved his department-issued handgun,” Sheriff’s Deputy Rodriguez said in a KABC interview. “The victim shot at the subjects in an effort to defend himself.”
Smith died in the shooting and his cousin, 14, was wounded. The third teen ran away but was later arrested, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The Sheriffs Department also said the officer was bruised on his face and investigators found what turned out to be a replica handgun at the scene.
Smith’s mother says she doesn’t believe the son who loved video games and dreamed of playing in the NFL would rob anyone. She said the family hasn’t been able to speak to Smith’s cousin or the third teen who was arrested.
Authorities are hoping video from the scene will tell the entire story. Deputies said they have not been able to access video because of the holiday weekend.
Thank you Pasadena News Now
From New York Daily News.Com:
KING: Three unarmed 15 year-old-boys killed by U.S. cops in one month — but only one case saw much-needed coverage
Five months into the year and 2017 is already on pace to be one of the deadliest years measured for the number of people killed by American police and the crisis shows no signs of slowing down.
At least 492 people have lost their lives at the hands of American police so far this year and as the number grows, I’ve noticed many extremely disturbing trends.
At least three different unarmed 15-year-old black boys have been shot and killed by law enforcement in this past month alone. As far back as I can research, we’ve never had a single month in this country’s history where three different unarmed black boys this young have been shot and killed by police in three different incidents in the same month.
And, in each incident, what we have seen is the police make drastic changes to their initial narratives of why they were forced to shoot and kill these young boys.
When 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was recently shot and killed by a police officer in suburban Dallas, the initial narrative was that the car he was a passenger attempted to mow down the officer who repeatedly fired his rifle into the vehicle. Upon reviewing the body camera footage of the incident, the Balch Springs Police Chief then openly stated that the initial narrative was a complete fabrication and proceeded to fire the officer who was later charged with murder.
Since Jordan was killed by police, two more unarmed young black boys have been shot and killed by law enforcement in Connecticut and California. Neither of their cases have received the attention or coverage that they deserve.
I continue to be convinced that some of the problem is that we are so bombarded by bad news every single day of the week, from the levels and levels of Trump’s foolishness to the repeated attacks by white supremacists all over the country, that it’s sincerely hard for any of us to even keep track of just how awful the crisis of police violence is right now.
Just like police did with Jordan Edwards, the initial reports from law enforcement about the recent shooting deaths of Jayson Negron in Connecticut and Darius Smith of California were full of absolutely wild inaccuracies.
On May 9th, police in Bridgeport, Connecticut said they shot and killed 15-year-old Jayson Negron because he ran over an officer and pinned him “beneath the car” — which police claimed was stolen. The next day authorities said Jayson died from a single gunshot to the head and communicated to the family that he died instantly. Except that’s not what happened at all.
Someone who was there after Jayson was shot filmed him, alive, on the ground, with his hands handcuffed behind his back. As he is bleeding to death, the video shows Jayson wiggling his feet and moving his head — which was actually not shot at all.
In fact, the local police chief was forced to come out the next day and admit the story about Jayson being shot in the head was a fabrication. Instead, he was shot in the torso and did not die instantly. Instead of receiving the life-saving medical care he needed and deserved, Jayson was allowed to bleed out there on the ground until he died. After he died, police later admitted that they left him there on the ground for at least six hours.
We have no idea if he could’ve survived, but handcuffing someone shot in the chest with their hands behind their back, then placing them face down on the concrete, is a good way to make sure they die.
Now police seem to be saying that the officer was not actually hit by the car, but was about to be “sucked under the car.” What does that even mean? Was he hit by the car or wasn’t he? And how exactly is somebody sucked under a car? This is exactly what police did after they shot and killed Jordan Edwards — the story changed by the hour.
Now, on this past Saturday, May 27th, 15-year-old Darius Smith was repeatedly shot and killed by an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent as Darius and two of his 14-year-old friends got off of a local train. According to Attorney Lee Merritt, all of the boys were shot running away from the man with wounds to their backs, butts, and legs. And, according to Merritt, Darius Smith, after being shot in his legs was then shot in his chest, execution style, from the law enforcement officer.
The off-duty officer claims the boys attempted to rob him, but the boys have no criminal record and who believes they would have done so at one of the busiest areas of Los Angeles County in the middle of the day? Something’s just not adding up.
What’s clear is that law enforcement officers in America have been clearly signaled that they will not receive the same federal scrutiny from Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as President Obama and his Department of Justice put forth. Both white supremacists and law enforcement alike are well aware that their criminality is low on the priority list of this administration.
Usually I’d add a video of my making right here to voice my thoughts and opinions, my rage at yet another senseless execution of a Person Of Color. I am tired of doing that.
My making these types of videos accomplishes jack shit except to make me angry, violently angry. These kids were 14 and 15 YEARS OLD and shot like rabid dogs by a grown ass man.
If you have children, I suggest you do not let them out of your sight.
YES, The United Slave States Of AmeriKKKlan is RACISTS.