Activists criticized police departments in Chicago and Asheville, North Carolina for using damage control tactics that appear to make poor relations with Black residents worse.
In Chicago, community leaders were dissatisfied with the partial transparency of the Chicago Police Department after cops killed a Black man on Saturday, sparking an uprising in the city’s South Side, ThinkProgress reported.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson unexpectedly released a video clip of the shooting on Sunday that appeared to show Harith “Snoop” Augustus attempting to pull a gun from hip holster while fleeing from officers. However, Johnson and the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, citing the ongoing investigation, have declined to answer questions about the video.
Activist and mayoral challenger Ja’Mal Green rejected the notion that the video, which was intended to quiet the unrest, was a slam-dunk for the police, he told the news outlet.
“There [are] so many unanswered questions. I don’t think that people are satisfied with the video,” Green said.
He wants to know why the police failed to release audio of the conversation that Augustus was having with one of the officers right before two other cops tried to grab him from behind. The activist speculated that Augustus was complying with the first officer’s directions before getting blindsided — which escalated the situation.
Augustus appeared to pull a card from his wallet that resembles a state-issued firearm license but the police chose not to enhance that frame in the released video; they enhanced a close-up of Augustus’ pistol.
Meanwhile, Black activists in Asheville have doubts about the reason their police department gave for secretly gathering intelligence on local civil rights groups, the Citizen-Times reported.
The outcry stems from the newspaper’s report on Tuesday that the police department launched the intelligence operation two years ago after an officer shot and killed an African-American man in 2016 under questionable circumstances. The shooting sparked widespread protests.
The police claimed that members of two local civil rights groups — Black Lives Matter chapter and Showing Up for Racial Justice — threatened the department after the newspaper published its report. Cops then began to secretly monitor the groups.
That explanation didn’t sit well with the two groups and other local civil rights organizations.
“This is extraordinarily disturbing that we even have to pose these questions. APD (Asheville Police Department) needs to answer these questions publicly,” local NAACP President Carmen Ramos-Kennedy said, adding that the police monitoring of protesters is an intimidation tactic.
However, the department has declined to give any details about the threats. This situation creates more suspicion and distrust in the Black community for the police department, which already been under fire after a video surfaced last year of a vicious police beating in August of an unarmed Black pedestrian.
46 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
1. Antwon Rose Jr., 171 of 46
2. Robert Lawrence White, 412 of 46
3. Anthony Lamar Smith, 24Source:Getty 3 of 46
4. Ramarley Graham, 18Source:Getty 4 of 46
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6. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty 6 of 46
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8. Kendrec McDade, 19Source:Getty 8 of 46
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10. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Getty 10 of 46
11. Jordan Baker, 26Source:Getty 11 of 46
12. Victor White lll, 22Source:Getty 12 of 46
13. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Getty 13 of 46
14. Eric Garner, 43Source:Getty 14 of 46
15. John Crawford lll, 22Source:Getty 15 of 46
16. Michael Brown, 18Source:Getty 16 of 46
17. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Getty 17 of 46
18. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty 18 of 46
19. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Getty 19 of 46
20. Laquan McDonald, 17Source:Getty 20 of 46
21. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty 21 of 46
22. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Getty 22 of 46
23. Rumain Brisbon, 34Source:Getty 23 of 46
24. Jerame Reid, 36Source:Getty 24 of 46
25. Charly Keunang, 43Source:Getty 25 of 46
26. Tony Robinson, 19Source:Getty 26 of 46
27. Walter Scott, 50Source:Getty 27 of 46
28. Freddie Gray, 25Source:Getty 28 of 46
29. Brendon Glenn, 29Source:Getty 29 of 46
30. Samuel DuBose, 43Source:Getty 30 of 46
31. Christian Taylor, 19Source:Getty 31 of 46
32. Jamar Clark, 24Source:Getty 32 of 46
33. Mario Woods, 26Source:Getty 33 of 46
34. Quintonio LeGrier, 19Source:Getty 34 of 46
35. Gregory Gunn, 58Source:Getty 35 of 46
36. Akiel Denkins, 24Source:Getty 36 of 46
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38. Philando Castile, 32Source:Getty 38 of 46
39. Terrence Sterling, 31Source:Getty 39 of 46
40. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Getty 40 of 46
41. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Getty 41 of 46
42. Alfred Olango, 38Source:Getty 42 of 46
43. Jordan Edwards, 15Source:Getty 43 of 46
44. Stephon Clark, 2244 of 46
45. Danny Ray Thomas, 3445 of 46
46. DeJuan Guillory, 2746 of 46
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