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Huey P. Newton Gun Club Marches in Dallas To Protest Police Shootings

An alert FrontBurnervian points us to a Reason post about the Huey P. Newton Gun Club and its open-carry protest march through South Dallas. The group went into a restaurant carrying rifles, shotguns, and AR-15s. Some Dallas cops were eating there.

Naming a gun club after a co-founder of the Black Panthers and marching with long guns to protest police shootings struck me as — counterproductive? Is that the word? Needlessly confrontational?

But then I followed a link in that post to the cellphone video of two St. Louis cops gunning down 25-year-old Kajieme Powell on Tuesday. And I thought, My God, what is happening in our country? How can this happen? Naming a gun club after a co-founder of the Black Panthers and marching with long guns to protest police shootings starts to look reasonable. Necessary even.

Watch the video. Force yourself to do it.

  • Paul

    Very sad. A good example of why you shouldn’t approach cops in a menacing way, especially if they have their guns drawn and are telling you to stop.

  • wow

    Interesting that the officers were not detaining witnesses for interviews.

  • Tim Rogers

    True. Powell did approach the cops in a menacing way. He even said, “Shoot me.” I count nine shots, at least one of which was fired after Powell seemed very much no longer a menace — as in, lying on the sidewalk, dying. Then they cuffed his corpse.

  • EdPoe

    Not defending the police in this instance, but I’m pretty sure that putting a suspect in handcuffs even after you shot him/her is standard operating procedure at any police department.

  • Mark Morrison

    Good for them.

    I am glad to see people waking up to the fact that civil rights and civil liberties belong to all of us, and that unless we present a unified front, they will be lost to all as well. I for one am proud to call them fellow patriots and citizens defending the rights of the people.

    – A white, middle class NRA member.

  • Johnyalamo

    If someone had a gun pointed at me and told me to stop what I was doing, even if I was chasing butterflies or something, I would stop. If TWO guys are pointing guns at me while, say, I’m possibly smoking a brisket, then I definitely would stop. Now if they were cops, I probably would have stopped way before the guns got pointed at me.

  • Brett Moore

    I couldn’t tell from the video, but it appeared to me that the guns were drawn immediately upon their exiting the video.

    Also, this guy looked pretty clearly mentally disturbed. So I guess the question becomes, if one has mental health issues enough to not understand the proper manner to react to police officers, is that essentially a death sentence?

  • Brett Moore

    Exiting the car, not the video. That would be a much bigger story.

  • Johnyalamo

    How are the cops supposed to determine whether a guy, possibly holding a weapon, is mentally ill or not in 17 seconds? Keep in mind they are cops, not psychiatrists.

  • Brett Moore

    Frankly, I wish I had a better answer, and I’m sure we all do. All I know is that, I’m guessing based on training, their first reaction is deadly force.

    Let me ask this: What happens in England, or France, or wherever we have a less militarized police force, when a crazy person is yielding a knife in public?

  • Brett Moore

    Wielding. Christ, what is wrong with me today?

  • Brett Moore

    Wielding. Christ, what is wrong with me today?

  • Paul

    Sadly the man seems to have been high or demented, but that made him no less of a threat. The cops had mere moments to assess things. Once the shooting started, does it really matter if it was nine shots or eight? Or four? I imagine that adrenaline took over – its not like they waited a few minutes and then popped off a few more for good measure. People who don’t threaten or attack armed cops usually don’t get shot, regardless of race.

  • Tim Rogers

    I think I agreed with you for most of my life, Paul. I’m not sure I do now.