The videos capturing the deaths of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police rightly stunned and shocked the entire nation. Regardless of the full facts surrounding what led the police to shoot — whether they acted properly or not — the videos showing the tragedy up close horrified those who dared to watch.
And, of course, the videos sparked outrage and renewed-with-a-vengeance protests by the likes of Black Lives Matter against what what they maintain is police brutality specifically targeting blacks — many of which have turned violent and even deadly.
So, what do you think happened when a video of an unarmed white man being killed by police was released? Well, naturally, Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets just hours later — to protest the death of black woman who wasn’t killed by police, but rather killed herself while in police custody.
Via The Fresno Bee:
Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer on July 13 released officers’ body camera videos from the June 25 fatal shooting of Dylan Noble. Police have not identified the officers, citing concern for their safety because of threats. The videos are each nearly 15 minutes long, starting with the officers’ encounter with a woman who reported seeing a man with a rifle and continuing through the shooting.
The video, which you can see for yourself below, shows Dylan Noble — a 20-year-old white man — repeatedly ignoring officers’ demands that he stop moving back and forth at a gas station parking lot and show his hands before officers fired their weapons. Noble had been stopped for a traffic stop.
WARNING: video contains graphic content.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the investigation into the shooting is still underway, and he has not made a decision whether it was justified. But he said he wanted to release the video so the public could see a more complete picture of what officers faced as they confronted Noble and had to make decisions in mere seconds.
That is a critical point that is so often forgotten in these matters: that officers have to make critical, life-or-death decisions in mere seconds, in something that must feel similar to the “fog of war” when you have citizens seeming to resist officers’ direction.
Hours after the video of Noble’s death was released, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Fresno to protest police brutality. However, Noble apparently wasn’t on their minds.
Via The Fresno Bee:
About 200 community members gathered Wednesday evening in downtown Fresno to protest police brutality and urge city leaders to seek solutions to racial divisions.
The demonstrators gathered in front of the Fresno County Jail, where speakers urged the public to remember those who have died at the hands of law enforcement officials. The crowd then moved two short blocks to the front of the Fresno Police Department headquarters, where they heard more calls for justice and racial unity.
Wednesday’s protest came on the heels of a march Saturday that brought hundreds of protesters to north Fresno and Clovis, and unfolded just hours after Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer released body camera video of the shooting of Dylan Noble, a Clovis man who was killed in a confrontation that started as a traffic stop and then escalated.
But apparently, “justice and racial unity” for them really means it’s only about those who fit their narrative that blacks die at the hands of police officers at a higher rate than those from other backgrounds — a narrative that is increasingly being debunked by data that some brave souls are bringing forth. Despite occurring just hours after the video of Dylan Noble being killed by police was released, protest organizers said nothing about him — ostensibly, because he was white.
Instead they focused on Sandra Bland, the black woman who was not killed by police; rather, who killed herself while in custody.
Tamisha Borrell, one of several Black Lives Matter organizers in Fresno, said the main purpose of Wednesday’s event was to remember Sandra Bland, the black woman who was found hanged in her Waller County, Texas, jail cell on July 13, 2015, following her arrest after police pulled her over for a minor traffic violation. Gathering at the steps of Fresno’s downtown jail and police department meant the community would remember the way Bland died, she said.
Even as Black Lives Matters claims to push for equal treatment and justice against “police brutality,” along with “unity,” they continue to demonstrate their intent to further separate and divide us by race.
And where is the national media on this one? Of course, it was all over the deaths of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Why not Dylan Noble’s?
Because, yep, the media itself is complicit in propagating the false Black Lives Matter narrative — and Dylan Noble doesn’t fit it.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]