A Bakersfield, California cop is making national headlines. TMZ reports that a makeshift memorial for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man killed by ex-cop Kim Potter in Brooklyn Center Minn., and Adam Toledo, the 13-year-old killed by a Chicago police officer, was dismantled. In a now-viral video, a masked police officer is seen removing parts of a memorial after a vigil Saturday night.
A woman is heard on the video confronting the cop as he folds up cardboard signs and removes them from the memorial. “Why are you taking this down? Can I have the signs at least?” asks the woman who urges the officer to “have some more respect.”
The officer gives the woman his badge number and walks away to a police cruiser with another cop.
TMZ reached out to the police department about the incident and they gave a very convenient excuse, claiming that the memorial had to be taken down because it’s a “fire hazard.”
“The PD tells TMZ the cardboard and candles were yanked because they were a fire hazard, adding, “This would not be the first time a vigil went up in flames so things have to be removed to avoid a fire.”
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This is the second time in recent days that a Daunte Wright memorial was dismantled. In Los Angeles, a group of alleged counterprotesters/Trump supporters was seen blowing out tribute candles, grabbing flowers, and tearing down pictures from a memorial honoring the unarmed black man.
What is people’s problem?!?!
Protests have been held all across the U.S. over the last week following the death of Wright and Toledo.
20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by officer Kimberly Potter after she mistook her gun for a taser. Wright reportedly drove several blocks before hitting another vehicle and dying at the scene of the incident. Kimberly Potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter for the shooting.
More details are slowly emerging about the case of Adam Toledo who was shot after running from police. Investigators say that Toledo allegedly had a handgun that he quickly discarded minutes before he tried to surrender to officials. Chicago officer Eric Stillman shot Toledo as he began to raise his hands. The investigation is still underway.