A director of the North Carolina NAACP chapter, Reverend Curtis Gatewood, posted his thoughts on Facebook defending the “racist massacre” of “Micha [sic]” X. Johnson who assassinated 5 police officers and wounded 7 more.
Reverend Curtis Gatewood’s Facebook post from July 10 at 11:38 read exactly:
“Yes. I’m coming to the defense of the defenseless. That includes Micha X. Johnson who has been accused of shooting about 12 police officers. I defend him because historically Black men have been victim of horrific and racist mob-killings whose guilt had not been confessed or proven in a court of law. Even if Micha was carrying a gun or riffle, that in of itself does not prove he murdered the police officers. Since police claim Micha talked to Police Negotiators – aren’t such conversations normally recorded? Do they have recorded conversations of his voice confessing these crimes? Do they have recordings of his voice stating refusing to cooperate and seeking to kill others if he in fact killed those in question? And even if he refused to turn himself in – since he was obviously concerned – how did blowing him to pieces with a bomb become the solution? Was this more a preconceived punishment out of rage or is it true that the police saw this as another opportunity to horrifically kill another Black man and charge him far beyond the crimes he actually committed at a time when emotions are so high, no one would care? (http://www.dailywire.com/news/7403/you-wont-believe-what-naacp-leader-said-about-amanda-prestigiacomo)
It’s quite clear we have a delusional case of frustration on the part of Curtis Gatewood.
The fact is, however, that Johnson was still holding his weapon after he had already injured and/or killed 12 police officers. And in order to stop the bleeding, one has to stop the bleeding from where it began, correct?
The only standing order at that point was to shoot-to-kill. Johnson had barricaded himself with his deadly rifle in hand. Yet, Gatewood clearly and audaciously condemns the police for not finding a peaceful solution. But the only PEACEFUL solution would have been for Johnson to give himself up for arrest and avoid his eminent demise.
Gatewood went even further to say:
“Micha X. Johnson’s name should be added to the list of those such as Mike Brown, Alton Sterling, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, etc. Micha [sic] Johnson’s killing was just as much a use of excessive force and murder by police… Again, this is an instance where a Black man was murdered at a point where patience (since he had obviously been blocked off from other people) and the deescalation [sic] of the situation could have provided the opportunity to bring him in alive for questioning and his day in court. Make no mistake, by taking this Black ‘suspect’ and demonizing and using a killer robot to blow him up in this unprecedented and barbaric manner and without a trial in a court of law is the truest and most literal example yet of a ‘high-tech lynching.” (http://www.dailywire.com/news/7403/you-wont-believe-what-naacp-leader-said-about-amanda-prestigiacomo)
To compare the cases of Brown, Sterling, Garner, and Castile to the most recent massacre of Micah Johnson, is gross hyperbole, and frankly, it’s a sick comparison.
The implication Gatewood insists upon is that Micah is innocent until proven guilty – but if you have eyes, you can clearly see that in this context, it’s absolutely not the case.