Dillon Taylor Shooting: Proof Ferguson Protesters Are Having The Wrong Conversation

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    Aug 26, 2014 2:31 AM GMT

    You see I don't think it's a black or white issue here. It's a social issue and community needs to wake up!


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    COMMENTARY | The Dillon Taylor shooting, which involved a 20-year-old white unarmed teen and an African-American police officer, has gone largely unreported save for The Inquisitr’s own Jonathan Vankin and numerous conservative blogs.

    http://www.inquisitr.com/1430653/dillon-taylor-shooting-proof-ferguson-protesters-are-having-the-wrong-conversation/
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    Aug 26, 2014 12:58 PM GMT
    Actually the Ferguson people ARE having the right conversation. It would be nice to see the Salt Lake City media and community not wait for other cities to take their lead and protest accordingly.

    And if the SLC-area folks looked up at their police force and saw how it, the city council, and even the school board represented the polar opposite of their community, and recognized how it hinders the path to justice for young men like Dillon and his family, it would be nice to see them get politically activated enough to do something about it. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that's not the case here.

    For too many people, the injustices that have been rolling out with each literal calendar day in Missouri were "them" problems. At least, until said problems show up on their doorstep with a "us" face attached to it. Two days before Taylor, the bubbling issues about Brown, a continuation of police brutality events largely directed toward one race of victims brought forth through social media well before the TV and print media got a hold of it, was just another "them" problem for the fine folks in South Salt Lake. How convenient for them to have something to latch onto now!

    The "Ferguson protestors" and the larger St. Louis-area citizenry were, and are, having the right conversation. The South Salt Lake community, like far too many, was not having the right conversations about what was happening in Missouri and elsewhere. Not until now. And even now, they seem reticent to have them.

    There is a community that ought to be outraged about what happened (and is happening) to Dillon Taylor. That community is right where Taylor lives. And so far, they don't seem to know it yet. What, are they concerned someone will try to distract them with issues like white-on-white crime, that maybe they should go deal with "all that crap in their own backyard" first before seeking justice for Dillon? I doubt it. Maybe they're all waiting for the tanks and tear gas and curfews to roll out on them first.

    http://fox13now.com/2014/08/25/dozens-protest-death-of-dillon-taylor-shot-by-slc-police-officer/

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    Aug 26, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    From an outsider's point of view, I think the biggest issue here is that a police officer's first point of action is to draw his gun rather than use the myriad of non-lethal tools available, such as pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets, tazers, etc.

    I find it frustrating when I hear police use the reason that 'a knife is a lethal weapon at 12 feet away' to justify killing a man. Police officers take an oath with full knowledge that during their career they will be put in situations where criminals are wielding deadly weapons.

    While these situations are certainly stressful, altercations such as this should still be handled with the minimal amount of force necessary. I would expect a lay citizen to use a knife being wielded as defense for killing someone, not a trained officer.

    Trained officers know which body parts to aim at that will maim but not kill a person, and they routinely practice their aim to become proficient marksmen. If non-lethal methods are not an option, for justifiable reasons, the office should be able to shoot a man in the leg or the shoulder of the arm carrying the knife, etc.

    The focus for well trained police is to de-escalate situations, whereas the actions taken by these forces seem to be one of constant escalation.

    I wouldn't be surprised that a lot of these officers have some form of military training, where "shoot to kill" is the message that's been drilled into them and shaped their instincts, and now that they're on home turf their mindsets still haven't changed. A militarized police force is not a just one.
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    Aug 26, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    He's a 20 year-old teen?
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    Aug 27, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
    Until a white person is killed "every 28 hours" by a security officer (as is the case with black Americans), until white people are overwhelmingly and disproportionately represented in the prison population (as is the case with black Americans), until most urban white communities are enclosed in economically deprived and heavily policed areas, until the average white woman in the US shares the same median wealth as the average black woman (according to a 2009 study, the disparity is $30,000 to $5 !!), until white neighbourhoods are gentrified, until white people in NY are subjected to "stop and search" to the same degree that black and hispanic people are, until poverty, social opportunities, incarceration, state violence and extrajudicial murder is as rampant and systemic among the white population as it is among the black population in the United States, YOU are having the wrong conversation.

    The notion that anyone - especially middle-or-upper-class whites - could have the audacity to suggest that protesters in Ferguson are ignorant or "incorrect" in their understanding of their own situation is unfathomable. You want them to talk about white youths killed by black cops? Fine. Go to Ferguson and tell them that, and then maybe - just maybe! - you'll have the opportunity to experience first-hand what life is like for the people of Ferguson. And then maybe - just maybe! - you might feel some sense of shame for suggesting that this isn't a race issue.

    We are discussing a country which was founded as a SLAVE STATE, built on the backs of black slaves, stolen from Africa and brutally repressed to serve white masters who profited from their dehumanization and degradation and domination. This is not some sort of historical anomaly which vanished at the end of the Civil War: slavery has had an evolving history, black communities and populations in the US remain a largely "internally colonized" people, as Stokely Carmichael explained.

    Perhaps before making such an ignorant and frankly, stupid, statement as suggesting that Ferguson has nothing to do with race, you should learn a little bit about the evolution of the racist history of the US, from pre-state, to slave state, to prison-state. Read Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow," among a plethora of other excellent literature on the realities of race and racism in America today. Sure, you have a black president: a symbolic victory, no doubt, but one lacking in substance when he remains president over a deeply racist and repressive society.

    Police repression, violence and murder is horrific no matter the race of the victim or the perpetrator; indeed, social, economic and political considerations are not to be ignored, and have major implications... but to suggest that RACE and racism are not among them is to ignore the entire history of the United States up until present day.

    Ferguson should be a wake-up call to whites and all Americans (and indeed, others around the world who look on - much like during the 1960s - viewing the situation as an internal racist war against a repressed population). You're going in the wrong direction, you are having the wrong conversation. Open your eyes, use your brain, follow your conscience.

    It never fails to amaze me, the moment that race issues are brought to the forefront and in such an obvious - and unabashedly racist - manner, whites are so eager to immediately decry the notion that racism is relevant, pointing to the struggles of whites as evidence for the "irrelevance of race", which is, in fact, racist, on top of being ignorant.

    Indeed, circumstances for all Americans are worsening, regardless of race, and this should act as a unifying force - drawing on a concept of solidarity - whereby as the long-privileged white population becomes increasingly economically exploited and deprived, increasingly politically repressed, increasingly met with state violence, they should come to realize that they are being pushed down into the circumstances in which the majority of the black population has been kept for CENTURIES. That means it's time to stop telling black people where they've "got it wrong," and to start listening and learning to populations and communities that your society has historically and presently repressed.

    That's the fuckin' conversation to have.
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    Aug 27, 2014 1:35 AM GMT
    TO EVERYONE!!!

    Take responsibility for your actions!

    Life is short and we need to watch out for others not to mention our very own LIVES. Irregardless who's right or wrong....your life is on the line.

    Stay out of harms way, avoid trouble, crime and THE COPS!!! Seriously!

    OR


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    Aug 27, 2014 2:32 AM GMT
    From The Article:

    "As with Michael Brown, the Dillon Taylor shooting still has a few variables we know nothing about. For instance, the cop responsible for shooting Taylor was wearing a camera at the time.
    To date, the police have not released the footage captured in Taylor’s final moments.


    There could be an entirely plausible reason for this delay; then again, they could be stonewalling with a more sinister motivation."



    OP, Any follow up information on this case? How is Dillon Taylor's family getting answers?

    Michael Brown's family and community care to know the truth behind his murder.

    Does Dillon Taylor's community care as much?

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    Aug 27, 2014 2:59 AM GMT
    "South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Darin Sweeten said three officers gave Taylor verbal commands to reveal his hands, but Taylor failed to comply and was "visibly upset." Taylor was subsequently shot and died at the scene."

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609132/SL-officer-captured-Dillon-Taylor-shooting-on-body-camera.html?pg=all

    3 cops rush this kid and they describe him as "visibly upset".

    THEN A COP SHOT AND KILLED HIM!

    DISGUSTING.

    Thanks, 2BNAKED, for bringing attention to Dillon Taylor's murder.

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    Aug 27, 2014 3:05 AM GMT
    pazzy said
    2bnaked saidTO EVERYONE!!!

    Take responsibility for your actions!

    Life is short and we need to watch out for others not to mention our very own LIVES. Irregardless who's right or wrong....your life is on the line.

    Stay out of harms way, avoid trouble, crime and THE COPS!!! Seriously!

    OR


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    what a sad photo? damn..... to have to bury your son like that.

    i feel bad for the parents of both of those guys though. mr. taylor and mr. brown. you basically make those babies, raised those kids, seen then grow up and then somebody decides to snatch their lives away from them over some stupid shit. hell... the way that it was done. knowing that someone killed your son and he'll more than likely get away with their murder because they're a police officer.

    it would bother the shit out of me. hell... knowing that the cop more than likely doesn't feel an ounce of remorse. hell...... sorry ain't gonna bring them back BUT you know.... i mean, do those cops feel anything? there was some study that said that cops are more than likely to be sociopaths. that makes sense. that along with people that work in the news media. makes sense looking at this incident. these folks seem to have NO feelings towards human life. it's almost nothing to them.



    " sorry ain't gonna bring them back BUT you know.... i mean, do those cops feel anything? there was some study that said that cops are more than likely to be sociopaths."

    I want to be frank with you and everyone on this site. NO ONE CARES!


    I mean no one really cares about you other than your friends, family, church leaders and some community members perhaps.

    Certainly NOT THE LAW!!! They don't give a rats Ass about you. They are there to ENFORCE THE LAW.
    Most Government agency's, utility company, etc.

    They are there as control agents. Like when you don't pay your property tax they will take you from your home. When you fail to stop for a red light they will give you a costly ticket!!

    Oh, that was me a few weeks ago. Here I am driving down the road and the light flashed green and an arrow to make a left turn then bam...... right at the intersection it hit red.

    I mean wow.

    The cop was right there and trapped me and gave me a ticket. I think he manipulated it some how. I have a perfect driving record. However, the real question was Sir, I have to ask??? Have you been DRINKING??? HAHAHA

    Um no, I do not drink. The lesser of two evils in this case. I got a ticket, that will be dismissed when I take a ridiculous defensive driving course.

    So it taught me to be on the LOOK, be defensive and proceed with caution for sure against the "AUTHORITARIAN" Government that we live within. There are LAWS. You have to follow them. Step out side of them and you can get into some serious shit.

    Our family Atourny always said this. OBEY THE LAWS. Even as some are extremely ambiguous, do not tempt the police with your life.

    These mothers against drunk drivers have got the COPS and Authorities all flared up. Why? You know why!

    I am not sure if I communicated this to any degree of relevance, but it's a total tragedy that people are willing to take a risk and possibly loose life or be maimed for life over a stupid CRIME!

    It's a PARENTS responsibility to teach this to the children. Teachers, community leaders etc are only there to support and offer reinforcement. We all need to get back to being GOOD CITIZENS! Rich or Poor, there is no excuse!


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    Aug 27, 2014 3:14 AM GMT
    The Op's complete inability to understand his white privilege is astounding to me
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    Aug 27, 2014 3:31 AM GMT
    pasfu31 saidThe Op's complete inability to understand his white privilege is astounding to me


    I do not consider my self that at ALL! "privileged"

    I live in the most conservative city in the NATION!!!

    Look it up if you don't believe me. I have learned how to survive, defend for myself, ward off str8 bullies who still try to bring me down. I just wanted to point out that one needs to take a deeper look at life and keep clear from harms way! You have no clue what I have had to endure......yet I have not robbed a bank, stolen from the rich or killed anyone for a few measly dollars. I self made my way through hardship with persistence, work, perseverance.....bla bla!
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    Aug 27, 2014 11:03 AM GMT
    http://occupywallstreet.net/story/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person

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    Aug 27, 2014 7:15 PM GMT
    pasfu31 saidThe Op's complete inability to understand his white privilege is astounding to me


    The problem with the white privilege canard is how do you explain the millions of blacks, Asians, Hispanics, etc. in this country who lead productive, successful lives and have no police record to speak of much less been to jail or prison, work honest jobs, take care of their families, pay their taxes, stay off drugs, or aren't gang members? And how do you explain the millions of so called privileged whites who live in substandard housing and poverty, go to substandard schools, live off public assistance, have babies out of wedlock, battle drug addiction, etc. I'm sure they would ask you where was this white privilege they were suppose to be afforded that would make their lives easier somehow.
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    Aug 27, 2014 8:05 PM GMT
    Matt_TO83 saidI find it frustrating when I hear police use the reason that 'a knife is a lethal weapon at 12 feet away' to justify killing a man. Police officers take an oath with full knowledge that during their career they will be put in situations where criminals are wielding deadly weapons.

    You raise good questions about use of other forms of control including not shooting to kill. But just a comment on the point you raised that I quoted: A friend told me that officers are trained to consider anyone expert with a knife within 21 feet as able to inflict deadly force.
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    Aug 27, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
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    pasfu31 saidThe Op's complete inability to understand his white privilege is astounding to me


    The problem with the white privilege canard is how do you explain the millions of blacks, Asians, Hispanics, etc. in this country who lead productive, successful lives and have no police record to speak of much less been to jail or prison, work honest jobs, take care of their families, pay their taxes, stay off drugs, or aren't gang members?


    And how do you explain the millions of so called privileged whites who live in substandard housing and poverty, go to substandard schools, live off public assistance, have babies out of wedlock, battle drug addiction, etc. I'm sure they would ask you where was this white privilege they were suppose to be afforded that would make their lives easier somehow.


    SO WELL SAID!, Undercoverman



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    Aug 27, 2014 8:37 PM GMT
    pasfu31 saidThe Op's complete inability to understand his white privilege is astounding to me



    Maybe you could explain "White Privilege" to me?

    Maybe it was the "White Privilege" you speak of that allowed me to work three jobs while juggling trying to start a business and , being a single father without the help of the government?

    Or, maybe it was "White Privilege", that once I opened a business forced me to hire a certain amount of minorities (AA)? Maybe it was my "White Privilege" that forced me to keep a minority worker in a job far longer than was productive for my business? Maybe it was my "White Privilege" that caused me to pay massive legal fees to prove in court that I let a worker go not because of race, but because of attitude and inability to do the job hired for?

    Maybe it is because of my sons "White Privilege" that after he graduated early at the top of his class and entered college at 17, where he again graduated at the top of his class that has caused him to have to sit out a year before being able to continue his education at the school of his choice because he had to get in line behind nonwhite students with lower GPAs and test scores than his? Maybe it was his "White Privilege" that place him behind students receiving financial aide when he still had enough in his college fund to pay for his schooling?

    Maybe it's because of my white privilege, that after working my ass off to raise my sons as a single parent without the help of the state, start a business without the help of the state, put away funds for college educations of my children without the help of the state, put away funds for my retirement without the help of the state, that I am paying nearly 50% of what I make in taxes for things that don't benefit me or my children?

    Instead of wasting everyone's time trying to explain the myth of "White Privilege", maybe you should channel your energy into something constructive......like taking some time to learn about the very real concept of "Personal Responsibility" !

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    Aug 27, 2014 8:46 PM GMT
    I live an hour away from Salt Lake and I have businesses in the city, so I'm in the city five days a week, I own rental property just a few miles from where this happened (21st so and State). There is little information being released. Much like Ferguson Mo, anyone taking sides on this is doing so prematurely and without benefit of all of the facts of the case.
    The only things I will agree with anyone about these cases is:

    1 There is a lot more information needed before everyone rushes to convict anyone in either case.

    2 This case, in SLC, is certainly being handled differently by the media and the race baiters and those who deal in the currency of race and privilege and class warfare , community activists, the DOJ and the President than that of Michael Brown.

    3 There is certainly a marked difference in the reactions of the respective communities as a whole.

    Maybe, people jumping to conclusions about either case should ponder those issues.
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    Aug 27, 2014 9:09 PM GMT
    Since the last actual mention of Mr. Taylor in this forum was yesterday evening... and since I'm sure that's everyone's real concern in here... icon_wink.gif here's a fresh update of the goings-on since Monday.

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58335373-78/lake-salt-police-taylor.html.csp

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    Salt Lake TribuneAbout 40 protesters marched around Library Square and into downtown Salt Lake City after hearing from the family of Dillon Taylor, 20, who was shot to death Aug. 11 by Salt Lake City police officers outside a South Salt Lake convenience store.

    "We have to have justice because no matter what, we’re missing somebody at our dinner tables at night," said Taylor’s aunt, Gina Thayne. She was speaking for Taylor and other shooting subjects whose families have joined in a series of rallies in Salt Lake City since the shootings of Taylor and Michael Brown in Missouri, which have raised scrutiny of police use of force nationwide. "We have to fix this, and the only way we’re going to be able to fix it is if everybody continues staying together."

    As protesters marched, they chanted, "From Ferguson to SLC, end police brutality." Another rally is scheduled Saturday in Ogden. A Facebook group called "Justice for Dillon Taylor" has more than 2,200 members.
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    Aug 27, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    The mystery of the as-yet Unnamed Officer continues during an investigation the SLC police claimed a week and a half ago would take 2-3 weeks to complete.

    While we'll wait and see what unfolds in that area, it should be noted that the local media noted that the officer in question was described as "Not White", and that it appears certain politically-oriented outlets have run with that to infer that the officer IS African-American. That may turn out to be true, but if they jumped the gun, their assertion could undermine whatever critical statements they've made thus far.

    Also noteworthy for the few of us more concerned about the race of the victim than the investigation itself: Dillon Taylor is Hispanic.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609132/SL-officer-captured-Dillon-Taylor-shooting-on-body-camera.html

    Deseret News“The chief also addressed speculation about the ethnicity of the officer who shot Taylor, saying the officer is not white. Taylor’s brother, Jerrail Taylor, raised issues last week about racial profiling. He said his brother was Hispanic.”


    We may all now continue our discussion of Hispanic Privilege. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 27, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    As protesters marched, they chanted, "From Ferguson to SLC, end police brutality."

    Ending police brutality(or 'over-reaction' if you prefer) is the common goal of protesters in both Ferguson and SLC.

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    Aug 27, 2014 9:43 PM GMT
    Here is the left-winged Raw Story's writeup of the case from ten days before this forum appeared:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/15/cops-gun-down-headphones-wearing-utah-man-because-he-wouldnt-comply-with-orders/

    Raw StoryOfficers were called about 7 p.m. to a 7-Eleven store in Salt Lake City after witnesses reported a man waving a gun around.

    Dillon Taylor was walking out of the convenience store with his brother and cousin when officers arrived, and police said Taylor matched a description of the suspect.

    Three officers said they ordered Taylor to reveal his hands, but they said he ignored their commands and was “visibly upset.”

    Taylor was then shot by police and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    His brother said Taylor was wearing headphones and did not hear the officers until they surrounded him.

    “He couldn’t hear them, so he just kept walking,” said Jerrail Taylor. “(Then) they had guns pointed at his face. That’s when he turned off the music. I saw them point guns at my brother’s face, and I knew what was going to happen.”

    One officer told Dillon Taylor to get on the ground, but another told him to place his hands on top of his head.

    “He got confused, he went to pull up his pants to get on the ground, and they shot him,” Jerrail Taylor said.

    Police have not said whether Taylor was armed at the time, but his brother insists he didn’t have a gun.

    “All this complaining about one of us having a gun, I’m kind of lost at because none of us had a gun,” said Jerrail Taylor.

    A warrant was issued last week for Dillon Taylor, who said on his Facebook page that he did not want to go back to jail.

    “I feel my time is coming soon, my nightmears are telling me,” he posted. “im gonna have warrnts out for my arrest soon. ALL my family has turned and snitched on me. ill die before I go do a lot of time in a cell,” he wrote. “I feel like god cant even save me on this one … this time coming its me and the demons im fighting.”

    But police said officers did not likely know who Taylor was or that he was wanted on an open warrant.

    Investigators disputed a witness claim that Taylor apparently tried to run away from police.

    “There’s not any initial indication that he was necessarily fleeing,” said Sgt. Darin Sweeten, of Salt Lake City police. “He was not complying with the officers’ orders that they were giving him. It still needs to be investigated.”

    Taylor pleaded guilty in 2012 to robbery and obstructing justice after he and another person stole a tip jar from a restaurant and then a 30-pack of beer about an hour later.

    He threatened to shoot a witness to the theft, and then he threatened to shoot one of his accomplices and their wife or daughter about a month after the incident.

    Taylor, whose fiancée was three months pregnant at the time of his death, served about 14 months in the Salt Lake County Jail in connection with those cases.

    The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
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    pasfu31 saidhttp://occupywallstreet.net/story/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person

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    dayumm saidAlso noteworthy for the few of us more concerned about the race of the victim than the investigation itself: Dillon Taylor is Hispanic.


    My land... it sure got quiet around here! I wonder why? icon_wink.gif

    No worries, while we all wait for the investigation to proceed, I got what (I think) is a Caucasian victim ready-made for some of y'all's angst about the Protestors and the Media... oops, I mean the Cops.

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    KMBC-TV, Kansas CityOTTAWA, Kan. —An investigation is underway after a police shooting in Ottawa left an 18-year-old man dead.

    The shooting happened outside Oschelin's Hardware store in Ottawa. Police said they were called to the scene after reports that there was someone there with a gun.


    What the young man was armed with... was a cellphone. He was sent back out into the streets after a local hospital pumped almost 60 pills out of his body from an overdose. Not long after, the cops pumped lead back into it.

    http://www.kctv5.com/story/26355241/ottawa-police-involved-in-shooting

    KCTV-TV, Kansas CityFamily members said (Joseph) Jennings had big dreams. He was starting school on Monday for underwater welding. He also loved to ride his motorcycle.

    "He was a really good boy," Smith said.

    But his life wasn't perfect.

    "He was suffering from depression, seizures and anxiety," Smith said.

    Smith said his seizures were getting worse in the last month, and with no relief in sight, he had begun feeling suicidal.

    Two days before he was shot and killed, Jennings expressed his anguish on Facebook.


    "Tonight is the night goodbye everyone!!!!! It was truly a good ride! And I'm sorry for who I might of hurted (sic) and people that I may of offended, But I love all my family and I hope you don't hold this against me," Jennings wrote.

    Ten minutes later, according to family members, Jennings swallowed 60 pills trying to take his life.

    "The two cops that was involved in the shooting was also there when they took him to Ransom Memorial Hospital for overdosing," Smith said.

    Jennings had survived the overdose, but only three hours after leaving the hospital, he walked to Orscheln Farm and Home.

    Smith said he was there on a suicide mission. But when she saw what was happening she ran from her home to try to intervene.

    "I told them it is Joseph Jennings. He is suicidal. He is upset, don't shoot him," she said.

    Smith's husband also tried to help.

    "My husband was going to tackle him. He was within arms reach. They said to get back or they were going to shoot him," Smith said.

    Smith says her husband backed off and police attention turned back to Jennings.


    KMBC-TV"As I was looking, they kept getting closer. They pulled the guns out. They kept getting closer and closer. You could hear them tell him to, 'Get down, get down,'" said witness Houston Harris.

    "By the time I got to my son, he maneuvered away from me," said (foster father) William Bruton. "He went up toward the cop, he done something with his hand and about 15 to 16 cops shot rounds off on him, in his chest, his legs, everything."

    Family members said there have been confusing reports about what happened, including conflicting reports about whether (Joseph) Jennings actually had a gun.

    Family members said police have made several recent trips to their home. They said the young man had been having suicidal thoughts because of painful seizures and had tried to overdose on Friday.

    Jennings aunt Brandy Smith, who was at the scene on Saturday, said police wouldn't let her intervene. She said she could have helped Jennings get the help he needed.


    Unlike the right-wing media screaming at Al and Jesse and The Usual Suspects, Aunt Brandy realizes The Ferguson Protestors Were Having The RIGHT Conversation, after all.

    KMBC-TV"I never thought it would hit this close to home," she said. "My condolences go out to the victims of the Ferguson incident. I'm living it, too. The overkill and the police department not knowing how to handle those with disabilities."


    The question isn't why won't the media cover white victims of officer shootings. Unfortunately, the question is, how many more white (looking) victims will it take before we stop brushing off police overreaction and heavy-handedness as just some problem persons of color need to fix on their own?

    As for the left-wing media, Raw Story had this up back on August 25, same day as the start of this thread.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/25/kansas-police-shot-unarmed-suicidal-teen-16-times-as-family-says-they-begged-them-not-to/
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    More evidence of The Right (not The Right-wing) Conversation being had, in Missouri and in Utah.

    Fox 13 TV, Salt Lake CityOGDEN, Utah – Several dozen protesters rallied in Ogden Saturday as part of a nationwide movement opposed to police brutality.

    Participants chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot” a phrase that has been made famous during protests in Ferguson, Missouri that came in the wake of an officer involved shooting that left 18-year-old Michael Brown dead.

    The rally was held outside the city’s offices on 25th Street and Washington Boulevard, and those who attended also focused on the death of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, who was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City Police Department officer as Taylor was leaving a 7-Eleven. Numerous protests have been held in the wake of the shooting, including an event held Monday.

    Taylor’s sister, Teesha, was at Saturday’s protest and spoke about the loss of her brother and what that means to the larger movement the rally was a part of.

    “When I walk into my door, it’s like I expect to see my brother there, and it’s not, he won’t ever be there,” she said. “But just knowing that all these people are here to fight for the justice of Dillon Taylor, my brother, it makes me feel good, you know. It’s not just me standing alone like I thought it would be.”


    Interesting that some people thought the Taylor family was standing alone...
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    Sep 03, 2014 6:10 PM GMT
    “Somewhere it’s got to stop,” Oscar Ross told the Salt Lake Tribune outside the police station. “There’s going to be backlash. I’m not anti-police … but it’s in the mindset of these officers now:

    Shoot first and ask questions later.”



    ‘Justice for Dillon Taylor’ sought for white Utah man fatally shot by black officer'

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/3/justice-dillon-taylor-after-white-utah-man-fatally/


    The Washington Times is covering this as a media injustice story in that a white victim of police violence is getting less attention than the black victim Michael Brown.

    That's true enough. And sadly there will soon be no attention on either Dillon Taylor's or Michael Brown's murder by cop.

    Cops will have very little incentive to change from their 'Shoot First' mentality when they are never punished.