Deonte Rawlings Part 2

Jay wrote a comment to my first Deonte blog (read here) and asked what I thought about the coroners report indicating that DeOnte was shot in the back of the head.

The report adds more questions to the existing questions that have not yet been answered.  DeOnte was shot in the back of the head and there was no gun powder residue found on his hands.  Police are saying that gun residue is not always reliable. 

I am still in the middle on this issue; I think the FBI getting involved is a good thing.  I want to see what they come up with.  Here are some things to think about:

  • Perhaps DeOnte did have a gun; opened fire on the cops.  The Cops returned fire while DeOnte tried to run away a the bullet struck him in the back of the head.
  • Perhaps DeOnte really didn’t have a gun and the police officers opened fire on an unarmed youth, who had a hitory with the police because he would not cooperate as a witness to a crime he saw in the past.

It is always sad when a young life is lost.  There are so many issues in these communities that are left unresolved that things like this happen.  That neighborhood consist of working class and middle class black folk who are trying to stay in the communities to fix them up.  and it is being terrorized by young people who were not raised properly.  the neighborhood asked the off duty police officers to help monitor activity in their communities while they are off duty because they were tired of the crime.  when they would call police; it took them forever to show up, so it makes sense to use police officers who live in their communities. 

Did these police officers overstep their authority?  From the outside looking it appears that way; but I am not willing to make that my final answer; I will wait until the FBI concludes their investigation. 

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3 Responses

  1. (Didn’t finish my last note and I think it went through) I’ve never been in a gunfight, but I would think police know how to aim for injury – not to kill, you know?

    Thanks again for your remarks. We’ll keep following this story…

  2. (In case the first note didn’t come through)
    Thanks for your comments on this issue, Native. Your points are all good things to think about. In reference to your first scenario, however, couldn’t the police have returned fire by aiming at a lower part of the boy’s frame versus his head? I’m just sayin…

  3. People shot and run, shoot and turn their heads, shoot behind them as they’re running away, all these situations happen all the time, and all offer perfectly reasonable scenarios for return fire striking the back of the head.

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