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St. Louis Cops Shoot Fellow Off-Duty Officer Following Car Chase
Apparently, in America, despite the second amendment, if you’re Black and possess a legal gun, getting shot by a cop is still a real possibility.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a Black off-duty police officer was shot in the arm by a white colleague who “feared for his safety”.
Here’s how it happened. Police were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle when the suspects began shooting at the officers and crashed the car. That crash happened near an off-duty officer’s home, so he grabbed his department-issued weapon and ran outside to offer assistance to his boys in blue.
When the pursuing cops saw the off-duty officer they didn’t recognize him and ordered him to the ground. Once he was identified they asked him to get up and walk toward them. THEN another cop, who had just arrived on the scene, saw a Black man holding a gun while approaching the officers and opened fire, striking the off-duty cop in the arm.
What makes this even worse is that the official statement from the police department was that the off-duty cop was hit by “friendly fire” before doubling-back admitting that he was shot because the trigger-happy Johnny-come-lately cop was doing the most.
Just another day being Black in ‘Merica. SMH.