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Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old black woman, shot and killed by Baltimore County Police

 

    Cops Shoot, Kill Woman Barricaded With Little Boy In Baltimore Standoff
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    Updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 12:37 PM

    Baltimore Police shot and killed a 23-year-old mom Monday after she allegedly barricaded herself inside her apartment with her 5-year-old son when the officers tried to serve her an arrest warrant for traffic violations.

    The boy was wounded in the gun battle between Korryn Gaines and police, although it’s unclear who shot him. He sustained non-life threatening injuries to a limb, family members who identified him as Gaines’ son told the Baltimore Sun.

    The bullet exchange ended a tense, hours-long standoff at the Randallstown, Md., apartment complex. Gaines appeared to document the stalemate on her Facebook page, posting a video of the boy, captioned “My son is not a hostage.”

    Korryn Gaines, 23, was fatally shot by police after an hours-long standoff.

    Korryn Gaines, 23, was fatally shot by police after an hours-long standoff.

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    "Who's outside?" a woman asked in the footage.

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    The child responded that the police are "trying to kill us."

    It’s unclear if the woman speaking in the video — which has since been deleted from Facebook — is Gaines.

    The standoff began just before 9:30 a.m. Monday when three police officers knocked on Gaines’ door intending to serve two arrest warrants: one for Gaines’ pervious traffic violations and another for another man inside the home.

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    Authorities respond to the scene of an apartment in Randallstown, Md., where a woman was shot and killed.

    (MAYA EARLS/AP)

    Nobody answered the door, so the cops entered using a key from the apartment’s landlord. Inside, officers found Gaines sitting on the floor pointing a firearm at them.

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    The officers retreated to the hallway, and a man ran from the apartment with a 1-year-old boy, authorities said. That man was arrested.

    Police negotiators arrived to talk to Gaines, but the woman continued to point her weapon at the officers, officials said. Around 3 p.m., she pointed the gun directly at an officer and said, "If you don't leave, I'm going to kill you."

    That’s when an officer opened fire and shot Gaines, who fired back. She was hit several times and pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were wounded.

    Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed near Baltimore.

    Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed near Baltimore.

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    It’s not clear exactly what traffic violations prompted the arrest warrant, but video from a March traffic stop appeared to show Gaines being pulled over for driving without the proper tags.

    The mom recorded videos during the stop and posted them to her Instagram. In one clip, she told her son, who was sitting in the back seat, that the officers were going to “try to fight” her and encouraged him to keep filming if she could not.

    An officer told her she’d be arrested if she didn’t get out of her car when a tow truck came to ferry it away.

    “When you put your hands on me, I promise you will have to murder me,” she said in one of the videos.

     
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    Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old black woman, was shot and killed by Baltimore County Police officers Monday after an hours-long standoff that also left a 5-year-old boy with a gunshot wound.

    According to reports, the boy was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Authorities say it is unclear who shot the boy. Jermaine Bennett, Gaines' uncle, told the Baltimore Sun the boy is Gaines' son.

    "We are of course extremely upset at an event like this," police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said at press conference, according to NBC News. "We do not like to be in a position of having to use lethal force, but this was a situation where our officers exercised patience for hours and hours."

    The confrontation started Monday morning after three Baltimore County police officers arrived at an apartment complex in Randallstown, Maryland, to serve arrest warrants to Gaines and another man. Gaines was wanted on a bench warrant for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both charges related to a traffic stop from March, per reports. The man was wanted for assault.

    When police arrived, they attempted to gain entry to the apartment using keys given to them by the landlord. They allegedly saw Gaines pointing a rifle at them, and retreated and called for tactical support. The man in the apartment, who still has not been publicly identified, attempted to leave with a 1-year-old child. Police apprehended him. Officers then reportedly spent hours trying to negotiate with Gaines, who had barricaded herself inside the building.

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    At one point, Gaines allegedly pointed the gun at a police officer and said, "If you don't leave, I'm going to kill you." The officer opened fire. Gaines shot back twice, then was killed.

    Korryn Gaines, a 23-Year-Old Black Woman, Shot and Killed by Baltimore County Police
    Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson.
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    Gaines' death comes at a time when police killings of black men and women regularly make news headlines across the United States. According to the Counted, a database from the Guardian that tallies these killings, 155 black people were killed by officers in 2016 before Gaines. Black people are also more than twice as likely to be killed by police officers than white people — a phenomenon that has fueled a nationwide protest movement against police violence, united under the banner of Black Lives Matter.

    It has not traditionally mattered whether black people killed by police were armed or unarmed. They have been killed regardless, and their killers are rarely brought to justice. But in recent weeks, two high-profile shootings that claimed the lives of two armed black men — Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — have raised questions about whether black people are treated equally to whites under the Second Amendment, which protects their right to bear arms.

    The National Rifle Association — one of the nation's most powerful pro-gun lobbies — is notoriously silent when black people, armed or unarmed, are killed by police officers. This despite very vocally opposing stronger gun control regulations after mass shootings, like the one in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, that claimed 26 lives in 2012.

    The officers involved in Korryn Gaines' death have been placed on administrative leave, according to reports. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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    I'm reviewing this case.  It seems like "Officer Friendly'" got trigger happy as soon as they saw that she was Black.  The press conference was the worst organized pile of crap I've seen in awhile.  

     

    The media was digging in on the fact that the victim's Facebook and Twitter accounts seem to have been edited after she died.  The police in MN did the same thing after they murder Castille on Facebook live.

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    KING: Cynicism toward Korryn Gaines, Baltimore mom killed by cops, illustrates power of white privilege

    Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot dead after cops say she pointed a gun at them Monday.

    Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot dead after cops say she pointed a gun at them Monday.

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    Shaun King
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 12:36 PM

    At least 682 people have been killed by American police so far this year. The average person in my circle can probably only name two of them — Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It's hard for a story of a fatal encounter with police to break through all the noise, become a trending topic and force its way into our lives. It's hard for anything to break through the Trump-dominated news cycle nowadays actually.

    The horrific shooting death of 23-year-old mother Korryn Gaines by police in her Baltimore area home on Monday afternoon is one of those stories. We should all be cautious to believe the first version of events offered by police when they use lethal force. If law enforcement officers make a huge mistake, they will rarely come out and admit such a thing on the day of the event. The first version is almost always the version that frees them from all responsibility and attempts to shape the narrative of how such a shooting was absolutely unavoidable.

    To be fair, sometimes police must use lethal force to protect themselves and the community they pledge to serve. Other times, the lethal force was an optional choice. Police, for instance, did not need to choke Eric Garner to death to protect themselves. Police, for instance, did not need to shoot Tamir Rice or John Crawford or Rekia Boyd to protect themselves. Police did not need to shoot Amadou Diallo or Sean Bell or Ramarley Graham to protect anyone. Even they thought they needed to — they were wrong. All of those men and women posed no true threat to anyone, but police chose to kill them based on their incorrect assumptions.

    I do not believe that police had to shoot and kill Korryn Gaines Monday. Her 5-year-old son was shot in the process. Police will not yet say if they shot the boy or if Gaines, whom they claimed was pointing a gun, shot him on accident — but what we ended up with was the worst case scenario.

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    Baltimore County police say that at 9:20 a.m. several warrant squad members and a uniformed officer arrived at a home to arrest Gaines and another man. Gaines was wanted for several petty misdemeanors — traffic violation, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Why it took a team of men to arrive at her home over these violations is not yet clear. What is clear, is that Gaines did not feel comfortable turning herself over to police, possibly because she had her 5-year-old son with her.

    To outsiders who may see police as the their local neighborhood heroes, maybe her behavior perplexes you — but I get it. Maybe the sheer volume of men outside her door frightened her? Maybe she was afraid her sweet young son was going to be taken away somewhere unsafe? Maybe she had an understandable phobia of law enforcement and police violence? Such phobias, in light of widespread police brutality in Baltimore and around the country, are far from absurd. Whatever the case, Korryn Gaines clearly did not feel comfortable turning herself in under those circumstances.

    Police claim that sometime later that morning, a landlord provided them a key to the house and they entered the home. They claim that Korryn Gaines then pointed a gun at them. From that point forward the police said they called in a tactical team, but many hours later, around 3:00 p.m., she told police she would kill them if they came in.

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    Baltimore County police do not dispute firing the first shots in the exchange.

    (MAYA EARLS/AP)

    Police decided to go ahead and shoot her instead, killing her. Police do not dispute that they shot first. They claim she shot at them after they shot at her. Her young son was shot in the process and is currently hospitalized.

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    If Korryn Gaines is now dead and her son, without his mother, is shot, who exactly did the police aim to protect in that house? It was surrounded. She couldn't leave. It appears that police just didn't feel like waiting it out any longer. Why not? Was her life not worth the wait? Was her son's life not worth the wait?

    When I announced earlier this morning that I was writing a piece on her story, I received a reply asking, "Will it help me understand the outrage over this? She had a shotgun aimed at police, white or black you are going to get shot."

    First off, I don't know if she pointed a shotgun at police or not. Baltimore County police claim to have body cameras on their officers, but we continue to see case after case where they aren't turned on or "aren't working." I'd prefer to see the video before accepting this narrative. Maybe she did point the gun at officers. What I know is this — the Twitter user who said "white or black you are going to get shot" if you aim a gun at police is woefully misinformed.

    In the past month alone, white men all over the country have aimed guns at police and lived to talk about it.

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    A white man, 62-year-old William Bruce Ray, first pointed his shotgun at incoming traffic, fired a handgun at police, then threatened a deputy with his shotgun, before reaching again for his handgun. Guess how many times police shot good old Willie Ray? None. They subdued and arrested him without firing a single shot.

    Gaines' 5-year-old survived a gunshot wound and is recovering in a hospital.

    Gaines' 5-year-old survived a gunshot wound and is recovering in a hospital.

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    In a fit of road rage, Anthony Vigilotti pointed a handgun directly at a police officer, but was arrested later that day without incident. From his mugshot, it doesn't even look like he received a scratch in the process.

    Jed Frazier pointed his handgun directly at police, but "officers and medics took shelter and continued to make contact with Frazier. Shortly before 3 a.m. Police say they broke the windows in the truck and extricated Frazier. Frazier was treated for minor injuries before being taken to the Lawrence County Jail."

    In a quick search, I found a dozen similar stories from July alone. White men, be they mass shooters like Dylann Roof (Charleston), James Holmes (Aurora), or Jared Lee Loughner (Tucson) — or men like William Bruce Ray, Anthony Vigilotti, or Jed Frazier — all live to face a jury of their peers.

    Korryn Gaines doesn't have a violent history. She was a cosmetologist and, according to her friends and family, a doting mother. She should've received the treatment that all of those armed white men received. Somehow, in each of those cases, police found in their hearts to overcome their fears without unloading their guns on those men.

    That's white privilege.

    here's more on what I was talking about the Facebook account of the victim...

    I think they got her FB shutdown because they didnt want her on FB live recording her murder.

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    https://www.buzzfeed.com/adolf...qudjk1A6V#.oqJQ53G7g

     

    Woman Fatally Shot By Police Had Facebook Account Deactivated During Standoff

    Baltimore County police asked the social network to suspend her account after she posted video of the standoff, and followers encouraged her not to comply.

    Korryn Gaines / Via facebook.com

    As an armed tactical officer peered into Korryn Gaines’ living room Monday, the 23-year-old mother, while allegedly pointing a shotgun at officers, was filming and posting video to Facebook during an hours-long standoff with police.

    Some viewers told Gaines, who had her 5-year-old son nearby, not to listen to negotiators, said Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson. Authorities filed an emergency request to Facebook, successfully petitioning them to suspend Gaines’ account. About an hour later Gaines’ social media accounts were taken offline.

    “Gaines was posting video of the operation, and followers were encouraging her not to comply with negotiators’ requests that she surrender peacefully,” a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department said. “This was a serious concern; successful negotiations often depend on the negotiators’ ability to converse directly with the subject, without interference or distraction during extremely volatile conditions.”

    By the time the standoff was over Gaines would be fatally shot by police and her son injured by a bullet. The incident highlights the relationship authorities have with social media sites like Facebook at a time when people are increasingly filming and broadcasting their interactions with police.

    According to a Facebook Government Request Report, the company received 855 disclosure of information requests from a government agency in cases of risk of serious physical harm or death to a person. Between July and December 2015 Facebook provided the data requested in 73% of cases.

    Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a BuzzFeed News request for comment.

    In one of the videos posted on her Instagram, police can be heard asking Gaines a question about a phone, to which she replies “it’s charging.” She points the camera to her 5-year-old son and asks him what the police are trying to do.

    “They trying to kill us,” her son says.

    “Do you want to go out there?” she asks later.

    “No,” he says.

    The videos are not publicly visible on her Facebook page, but have been shared widely by users on other social networks like Twitter.

    The standoff began Monday morning after the Baltimore County Police Department went to an apartment in Randallstown, an unincorporated community near Baltimore, to serve an arrest warrant for Kareem Courtney and Gaines.

    At about 9:20 a.m., officers knocked on the door repeatedly with no answer, despite hearing a man and woman inside, as well as a crying child, Johnson said. When officers were able to open the door using a key, they saw Gaines sitting on the floor pointing a 12-gauge shotgun at one of three officers and a 5-year-old near her.

    Courtney was quickly arrested after running out of the apartment with a 1-year-old boy. Then around 3 p.m., Gaines pointed her weapon at a tactical officer and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you,” according to authorities.

    At that point, officers fired one round and Gaines fired two rounds in return, Johnson said. Authorities fired their weapons again, fatally striking her. The child was also struck by a round during the exchange but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

    It’s unclear if the child’s injury came from Gaines’ gun or the police, authorities said, but he was in good condition Tuesday. Gaines had purchased the gun last year.

     
     
    Adolfo Flores is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
    Contact Adolfo Flores at adolfo.flores@buzzfeed.com.

    She wasnt thinking like a citizen, she was thinking like a combatant. The police and Black folks are at war and both sides are doing what they feel like they have to do.

    The police never approach Black people as peace officers but as soldiers looking to quickly disfuse a situation.  The fastest way is to kill us or beat us in submission.

    White people get negotiations. White people get taken to mental hospitals. We got shot and beaten.

     

    And to think recently in Houston a white man shot at police 7 times and the cops waited him out, handcuffed him and took him to the hospital to the mental ward. But before, within 24 hours, same police department, a Black man, with his hand in the air was immediately shot dead by a hail of bullets less than 10 seconds the cops pulled up on him. 

    There is no doubt cops are at war against Black people. And have you noticed how the gaddam media keep publishing bullshit stories of cops trying to be nice to Black people, stopping people giving them ice cream, total BULLSHIT. We all know it's bullshit propaganda to lull Black people into thinking cops are not warring on us. And some people are actually falling for the Okie Doke is amazing to me. 

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    She wasnt thinking like a citizen, she was thinking like a combatant. The police and Black folks are at war and both sides are doing what they feel like they have to do.

    The police never approach Black people as peace officers but as soldiers looking to quickly disfuse a situation.  The fastest way is to kill us or beat us in submission.

    White people get negotiations. White people get taken to mental hospitals. We got shot and beaten.

     

    Please, racist cops they don't even approach Black people as soldiers, they approach Black people a prey.

    Don't even dignify these racist psychopaths that are being allowed to use America's police forces to HIDE behind to be able to murder Black people with complete, STATE-SANCTIONS, America-approved impunity, with the word "soldiers".

    They are not "soldiers" of any kind; they are no more than a goddamn cowardice ass racist gang, who wouldn't have to goddamn balls to do ANY of this sh!t if they didn't have American police forces to HIDE behind.  

    They are nothing but a bunch of lower-based psychopaths, nothing but coward ass terrorists being allowed by the United States Government, Racist juries, and racists judges, [and KNEEGROE JUDGES] to get away with ambushing and murdering Black people the same as they were doing during jim crow.

    "Soldiers", my ass.

     

    Momentum posted:

    And to think recently in Houston a white man shot at police 7 times and the cops waited him out, handcuffed him and took him to the hospital to the mental ward. But before, within 24 hours, same police department, a Black man, with his hand in the air was immediately shot dead by a hail of bullets less than 10 seconds the cops pulled up on him. 

    There is no doubt cops are at war against Black people. And have you noticed how the gaddam media keep publishing bullshit stories of cops trying to be nice to Black people, stopping people giving them ice cream, total BULLSHIT. We all know it's bullshit propaganda to lull Black people into thinking cops are not warring on us. And some people are actually falling for the Okie Doke is amazing to me. 

    The way I see it, is that not ALL police officers are out there using America's police forces to wage a war on Black people.  

     

    It is the specific racists, psychopaths, sociopaths, sadists and homicidal maniacs, that have been allowed on police forces all across America, and they are using their positions as "police officers" to wage a cowardly war on Black people in America.  

     

    And since America is so racists, our own government is deliberately looking the other way because all their victims are Black [or Brown] [or poor White people], and because America is so racist, these cowards can be all but assured to have a racist "Grand Jury", or a racist jury, and/or a racist judge, let them get away with all the laws they are breaking and all the violations of our Constitution they are committing.

     

    THEY ARE TERRORISTS USING AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO CARRY OUT ACTS OF TERRORISM, PERIOD!

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    I see no end to this shit, I really don't. Killed her in front of the boy and shot him too, wow. 

     

    And killed over [supposedly] several petty misdemeanorstraffic violation, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest [I'm sure the "disorderly conduct and resisting arrest" was tacked on that night after they murdered her and almost murdered her 5 year old].

     

    I don't see any end to this terrorism either.

    Cops shut down mother’s Facebook before killing her, injuring son

     

    BALTIMORE — In the midst of a five-hour standoff that turned deadly, Facebook granted an emergency request from the Baltimore County Police Department to take offline the social media accounts belonging to a woman who pointed a shotgun at officers.

    Baltimore County police officers shot and killed Korryn Gaines, 23, after she barricaded herself inside her Randallstown apartment with her 5-year-old son and pointed a shotgun at officers attempting to serve an arrest warrant.

    Police Chief Jim Johnson said Tuesday that the department made the emergency request to have Gaines’ social media accounts suspended after she posted videos online showing the standoff. People who saw the postings, Johnson said, responded by encouraging her to not comply with police.

     

    Videos posted on Facebook and Instagram appeared to show Gaines, who was black, talking with police in the doorway to her apartment and to her son during the standoff. In one, she asks her son what the police are trying to do.

    “They trying to kill us,” the boy says.

    “Do you want to go out there?”

    “No,” he says.

    The standoff Monday began after three officers went to Gaines’ apartment to serve arrest warrants on her and her boyfriend, Kareem K. Courtney, 39, according to police. He left the apartment with a 1-year-old boy before the standoff and was arrested.

    Gaines’ mother, Rhonda Dormeus, told the Baltimore Sun her daughter ignored Courtney’s pleas to surrender. During a Facebook call Monday, Dormeus said she heard him tell Gaines “it wasn’t worth it, to just come on out,” and then the “phone went dead.” Dormeus went to the scene but wasn’t allowed to speak to her daughter, something she said might have helped calm her daughter and end the situation peacefully.

    “I do feel like they didn’t want to hurt her,” Dormeus said. “But I don’t feel like they exhausted all the means of negotiation.”

    Dormeus said Gaines’ political views “weren’t for everybody.”

    “Not all of her beliefs I agreed with,” Dormeus said. “Her heart was in a good place, she loved her black people, and she just wanted them to see things for what she felt it really was.”

    Gaines’ bench warrant stemmed from charges during a March 10 stop, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Authorities said she was armed with a 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun that was legally purchased last year and toward the end of the negotiations pointed it directly at an officer and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.”

    An officer shot at her and Gaines fired two shots, but missed the officers, who returned fire and killed her, police said.

    Gaines also posted videos from the March traffic stop on her Instagram account. Police said she was pulled over because instead of a license plate, she had a cardboard tag that said: “Any government official who compromises this pursuit of happiness and right to travel will be held criminally responsible and fined, as this is a natural right and freedom.”

    During the stop, she said officers were trying to “steal her car,” that she wasn’t complying with officers’ “criminal” way. She said they would have to “murder” her to get her out of her car, according to court documents.

    Officers said she had to be pulled from the car and repeatedly yelled “record this” as a crowd of people gathered while police were arresting her.

    Facebook has restored Gaines’ social media pages, but a pair of videos that violated Facebook’s standards have been blocked from public view.

    According to the tech company’s policies, requests from law enforcement to suspend accounts may be granted in cases where there is a substantial risk of harm. The police chief said county police based their deactivation request on the fact that there was a barricade involving someone with a gun, and that a child was present.

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    Authorities respond to the scene on Aug. 1.Photo: AP

    According to a Facebook Government Request Report, the company received roughly 855 requests for emergency disclosures of information to government agencies due to the threat of harm or violence between July and December 2015. About 73 percent of those requests were granted.

    The boy is in good condition at a hospital. Police were not sure whether he was hit by gunfire or shrapnel.

    Gaines’ boyfriend is charged with second-degree assault, which stems from a fight with Gaines, police said. He has been released on his own recognizance.

    The department did not release the names or races of the officers involved, who were placed on administrative leave. Their first initials and last names will be released 48 hours after the shooting, in accordance with the department’s contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.

    The department is bringing body cameras online but none of the officers had one.

    Court documents show that Gaines filed a lawsuit against a former landlord, alleging that she was lead poisoned. The suit said Gaines was “exposed to a sea of lead” as a child, which contributed to “neurodevelopmental disabilities or injuries.”

    A medical expert who evaluated Gaines wrote that she “had a history of problems with anger and impulsive behavior,” and visited her school counselor on several occasions. The suit identifies Gaines’ father as Ryan Gaines, a police dispatcher.

    Baltimore City Schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster confirmed Tuesday that Gaines was a 2010 graduate of one of the city’s best magnet high schools, Baltimore City College.

    Gaines’ uncle Jerome Barnett told the Baltimore Sun that Gaines “was feisty, but she was smart and she was respectful.”

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    These White Men are afraid of Every Black Person in the whole entire country. When you see one walking your way, no matter how small the problem, try to think what it'll be like when your family's making your funeral arrangements. Prepare to die; thank your lucky stars if you're still alive, after the confrontation.

    As secretive as these Europeans are; some one or another has probably written some rule for them all to abide by to kill every last one of us on a one-by-one basis or no matter how many; just send 'em to their graves. "After all, besides their families and loves ones. who gives two fucks really?" That's what they say!!

    Their having a blast (pun intended) aiming their weapons in our direction without ANY REPERCUSSIONS WHATSOEVER. Must be nice!!

    Having a couple dogs kill each other in a fight, if you're black, could damn near bring you a life sentence, with 40 years solitary confinement and another 50 lifetime sentences added for good measure, in the Harambe, compliments of the Mighty Great YT in His Own Mind.

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    11 TIMES POLICE SUCCESSFULLY DISARMED WHITE PEOPLE WITHOUT KILLING ANYONE
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    On Monday, 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by Baltimore County police. A 5-year-old boy was also shot, who relatives say is Gaines’ son, sustaining non-life threatening injuries. While there is no visual evidence as of yet and details around this case are still sketchy, what we do know is that Korryn’s story ads another tragic comma to what is shaping up as a devastating summer of deadly violence at the hands of police officers in this country.

    On July 5th, Alton Sterling was shot and killed at point-blank range by police officers and the incident was caught on tape. The following day, Philando Castile died at Hennepin County Medical Center after being shot by police in Falcon Heights, MN. The aftermath of the incident, live streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend. Last week, the Baltimore judicial system decided that although a medical examiner had ruled the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody a homicide, none of the officers involved would be held responsible for his death.

    In the midst of all this state sanctioned violence, there are still many who question the need for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Despite compelling evidence, often caught on video, concerned citizens are implored to reserve their judgment until all evidence has been reviewed. One killing after the next, we watch as panels of legal experts are given a primetime platform to pontificate the facts of each case. We hear buzz words like outrage and unrest given to characterize the hopelessness that a community feels when their lives are so clearly treated as disposable.

    Our justifiable rage against a system that consistently fails to bring an indictment to these incidents is then inevitably spun to validate our savageness in order to justify the cycle of brutalization that began it.

    We are tired. We are tired of the narrative that we always somehow force the hand of those trained to serve and protect. We are tired of the standard administrative leave followed by the investigation that may or may not result in the conviction of such officers. We are sick and tired of this broken record because in the words of Jesse Williams, “We know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday.”

    Here are 11 examples to prove that point:

    1. This man at last year’s Confederate Flag Rally in Stone Mountain, GA.

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    Tensions escalated when the rally supporter was seen reaching for his gun in front of an officer. The man walked away from the protest alive.

    2. 177 bikers were apprehended without incident after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, TX.

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    Nine people died and 18 others were injured in the shooting. Not one single fatality at the hands of law enforcement.

    3. Dylan Roof was calmly brought into police custody after killing nine people during a prayer service at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.


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    After running from the scene and prompting a 12+ hourlong manhunt, police captured Roof and stopped at Burger King to get Roof lunch before taking him to jail. Apparently, he was hungry.

    4. North Carolina man arrested for firing at a deputy.

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    “All of a sudden he pulls the gun up and makes some curse words and fortunately and luckily the deputy was able to grab the barrel of the gun and shove him backwards and take control of the shotgun,” said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison in an interview with WTVD.

    5. After killing three and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, Robert Lewis Dear was brought into police custody.


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    He surrendered after a five-hour long standoff with police.

    6. When police responded to a call reporting erratic behavior from open carry advocate, Joseph Houseman, they found him on the street wielding a rifle.


    Photo: mlive.com
    After shouting expletives, and refusing a breathalyzer test, officers retrieved his gun. Houseman was not arrested and his gun was returned the following day.

    7. In San Diego, Lance Tamayo pointed his loaded 9mm pistol at police officers near a park where small children were playing.


    Photo: timesofsandiego.com
    Eventually, an officer shot Tamayo one time to disarm him. The police then called his cell phone and proceeded to speak to him for 15 minutes to negotiate a surrender.

    8. These two men were arrested after shooting up a Walmart in Dayton, OH with BB guns stolen from the store.


    Photo: Post Falls Police Department
    Oh, and they were intoxicated.

    9. Julia Shields was arrested after shooting at passersby’s while driving her car.


    Photo: timesfreepress
    The Tennessee woman, clad with body armor, pointed her gun at officers as she led them on a high-speed chase. She lived to take this booking photo.

    10. After engaging in a shooting spree that ended in a standoff with the New Orleans Police Department, Derrick Daniel Thomas, was arrested.

    derrick daniel thomas
    Photo: Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office
    He was later booked on five counts of aggravated assault.

    11. James Holmes walked into a movie theater in Aurora, CO, killed 12 people and wounded 70 others.


    Photo: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
    He was arrested shortly after the shooting and stood trial for his crime. Holmes is currently serving a life sentence.

    This is how situations are capable of being handled when perpetrators are seen as human.

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    11 TIMES POLICE SUCCESSFULLY DISARMED WHITE PEOPLE WITHOUT KILLING ANYONE
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    Photo: Reuters

    On Monday, 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by Baltimore County police. A 5-year-old boy was also shot, who relatives say is Gaines’ son, sustaining non-life threatening injuries. While there is no visual evidence as of yet and details around this case are still sketchy, what we do know is that Korryn’s story ads another tragic comma to what is shaping up as a devastating summer of deadly violence at the hands of police officers in this country.

    On July 5th, Alton Sterling was shot and killed at point-blank range by police officers and the incident was caught on tape. The following day, Philando Castile died at Hennepin County Medical Center after being shot by police in Falcon Heights, MN. The aftermath of the incident, live streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend. Last week, the Baltimore judicial system decided that although a medical examiner had ruled the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody a homicide, none of the officers involved would be held responsible for his death.

    In the midst of all this state sanctioned violence, there are still many who question the need for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Despite compelling evidence, often caught on video, concerned citizens are implored to reserve their judgment until all evidence has been reviewed. One killing after the next, we watch as panels of legal experts are given a primetime platform to pontificate the facts of each case. We hear buzz words like outrage and unrest given to characterize the hopelessness that a community feels when their lives are so clearly treated as disposable.

    Our justifiable rage against a system that consistently fails to bring an indictment to these incidents is then inevitably spun to validate our savageness in order to justify the cycle of brutalization that began it.

    We are tired. We are tired of the narrative that we always somehow force the hand of those trained to serve and protect. We are tired of the standard administrative leave followed by the investigation that may or may not result in the conviction of such officers. We are sick and tired of this broken record because in the words of Jesse Williams, “We know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday.”

    Here are 11 examples to prove that point:

    1. This man at last year’s Confederate Flag Rally in Stone Mountain, GA.

    confederate flag rally
    Photo: AP
    Tensions escalated when the rally supporter was seen reaching for his gun in front of an officer. The man walked away from the protest alive.

    2. 177 bikers were apprehended without incident after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, TX.

    Photo: kxxv
    Photo: kxxv
    Nine people died and 18 others were injured in the shooting. Not one single fatality at the hands of law enforcement.

    3. Dylan Roof was calmly brought into police custody after killing nine people during a prayer service at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.


    Photo: abc.net.au
    After running from the scene and prompting a 12+ hourlong manhunt, police captured Roof and stopped at Burger King to get Roof lunch before taking him to jail. Apparently, he was hungry.

    4. North Carolina man arrested for firing at a deputy.

    william bruce ray
    Photo: Wake County Sheriff’s Office
    “All of a sudden he pulls the gun up and makes some curse words and fortunately and luckily the deputy was able to grab the barrel of the gun and shove him backwards and take control of the shotgun,” said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison in an interview with WTVD.

    5. After killing three and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, Robert Lewis Dear was brought into police custody.


    Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department
    He surrendered after a five-hour long standoff with police.

    6. When police responded to a call reporting erratic behavior from open carry advocate, Joseph Houseman, they found him on the street wielding a rifle.


    Photo: mlive.com
    After shouting expletives, and refusing a breathalyzer test, officers retrieved his gun. Houseman was not arrested and his gun was returned the following day.

    7. In San Diego, Lance Tamayo pointed his loaded 9mm pistol at police officers near a park where small children were playing.


    Photo: timesofsandiego.com
    Eventually, an officer shot Tamayo one time to disarm him. The police then called his cell phone and proceeded to speak to him for 15 minutes to negotiate a surrender.

    8. These two men were arrested after shooting up a Walmart in Dayton, OH with BB guns stolen from the store.


    Photo: Post Falls Police Department
    Oh, and they were intoxicated.

    9. Julia Shields was arrested after shooting at passersby’s while driving her car.


    Photo: timesfreepress
    The Tennessee woman, clad with body armor, pointed her gun at officers as she led them on a high-speed chase. She lived to take this booking photo.

    10. After engaging in a shooting spree that ended in a standoff with the New Orleans Police Department, Derrick Daniel Thomas, was arrested.

    derrick daniel thomas
    Photo: Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office
    He was later booked on five counts of aggravated assault.

    11. James Holmes walked into a movie theater in Aurora, CO, killed 12 people and wounded 70 others.


    Photo: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
    He was arrested shortly after the shooting and stood trial for his crime. Holmes is currently serving a life sentence.

    This is how situations are capable of being handled when perpetrators are seen as human.

     

    The only reason she is dead is because she was Black.  

     

    I'm sure they were told that this girl had "issues" before they shot her.

     

    Why shut down her facebook page before shooting her?  

     

    Since these were only non-violent misdemeanors why not try "negotiating with her a little longer?

     

    Why was her own mother not allowed to speak with her? 

     

     

    If what is said in the above article is true, she WAS being an ass, but, why kill anyone for being an ass?  

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    11 TIMES POLICE SUCCESSFULLY DISARMED WHITE PEOPLE WITHOUT KILLING ANYONE
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    Photo: Reuters

    On Monday, 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by Baltimore County police. A 5-year-old boy was also shot, who relatives say is Gaines’ son, sustaining non-life threatening injuries. While there is no visual evidence as of yet and details around this case are still sketchy, what we do know is that Korryn’s story ads another tragic comma to what is shaping up as a devastating summer of deadly violence at the hands of police officers in this country.

    On July 5th, Alton Sterling was shot and killed at point-blank range by police officers and the incident was caught on tape. The following day, Philando Castile died at Hennepin County Medical Center after being shot by police in Falcon Heights, MN. The aftermath of the incident, live streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend. Last week, the Baltimore judicial system decided that although a medical examiner had ruled the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody a homicide, none of the officers involved would be held responsible for his death.

    In the midst of all this state sanctioned violence, there are still many who question the need for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Despite compelling evidence, often caught on video, concerned citizens are implored to reserve their judgment until all evidence has been reviewed. One killing after the next, we watch as panels of legal experts are given a primetime platform to pontificate the facts of each case. We hear buzz words like outrage and unrest given to characterize the hopelessness that a community feels when their lives are so clearly treated as disposable.

    Our justifiable rage against a system that consistently fails to bring an indictment to these incidents is then inevitably spun to validate our savageness in order to justify the cycle of brutalization that began it.

    We are tired. We are tired of the narrative that we always somehow force the hand of those trained to serve and protect. We are tired of the standard administrative leave followed by the investigation that may or may not result in the conviction of such officers. We are sick and tired of this broken record because in the words of Jesse Williams, “We know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday.”

    Here are 11 examples to prove that point:

    1. This man at last year’s Confederate Flag Rally in Stone Mountain, GA.

    confederate flag rally
    Photo: AP
    Tensions escalated when the rally supporter was seen reaching for his gun in front of an officer. The man walked away from the protest alive.

    2. 177 bikers were apprehended without incident after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, TX.

    Photo: kxxv
    Photo: kxxv
    Nine people died and 18 others were injured in the shooting. Not one single fatality at the hands of law enforcement.

    3. Dylan Roof was calmly brought into police custody after killing nine people during a prayer service at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.


    Photo: abc.net.au
    After running from the scene and prompting a 12+ hourlong manhunt, police captured Roof and stopped at Burger King to get Roof lunch before taking him to jail. Apparently, he was hungry.

    4. North Carolina man arrested for firing at a deputy.

    william bruce ray
    Photo: Wake County Sheriff’s Office
    “All of a sudden he pulls the gun up and makes some curse words and fortunately and luckily the deputy was able to grab the barrel of the gun and shove him backwards and take control of the shotgun,” said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison in an interview with WTVD.

    5. After killing three and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, Robert Lewis Dear was brought into police custody.


    Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department
    He surrendered after a five-hour long standoff with police.

    6. When police responded to a call reporting erratic behavior from open carry advocate, Joseph Houseman, they found him on the street wielding a rifle.


    Photo: mlive.com
    After shouting expletives, and refusing a breathalyzer test, officers retrieved his gun. Houseman was not arrested and his gun was returned the following day.

    7. In San Diego, Lance Tamayo pointed his loaded 9mm pistol at police officers near a park where small children were playing.


    Photo: timesofsandiego.com
    Eventually, an officer shot Tamayo one time to disarm him. The police then called his cell phone and proceeded to speak to him for 15 minutes to negotiate a surrender.

    8. These two men were arrested after shooting up a Walmart in Dayton, OH with BB guns stolen from the store.


    Photo: Post Falls Police Department
    Oh, and they were intoxicated.

    9. Julia Shields was arrested after shooting at passersby’s while driving her car.


    Photo: timesfreepress
    The Tennessee woman, clad with body armor, pointed her gun at officers as she led them on a high-speed chase. She lived to take this booking photo.

    10. After engaging in a shooting spree that ended in a standoff with the New Orleans Police Department, Derrick Daniel Thomas, was arrested.

    derrick daniel thomas
    Photo: Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office
    He was later booked on five counts of aggravated assault.

    11. James Holmes walked into a movie theater in Aurora, CO, killed 12 people and wounded 70 others.


    Photo: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
    He was arrested shortly after the shooting and stood trial for his crime. Holmes is currently serving a life sentence.

    This is how situations are capable of being handled when perpetrators are seen as human.

    The only reason she is dead is because she was Black.  

    -True

     

    I'm sure they were told that this girl had "issues" before they shot her.

    -they did and didn't care. 

    Why shut down her facebook page before shooting her?  

    - they must have re-trained their officers after the FB live Castille video went viral...no witnesses 

    Since these were only non-violent misdemeanors why not try "negotiating with her a little longer?

    -She's Black ...ironically in 2003 the same police department held a three day standoff with a murder inside a house with a family held hostage

    details.... http://articles.baltimoresun.c...-officers-empty-home

     

    Why was her own mother not allowed to speak with her? 

    -I think they already decided to end this woman's life and didn't care about avoiding any violence.  Black people should expect this from now on.

    If what is said in the above article is true, she WAS being an ass, but, why kill anyone for being an ass?  -- that's a privilege

     

    These Europeans slaughtered the inhabitants of the country and renamed it for THEMSELVES. When they refer to an "AMERICAN", they are not including us in the equation and for us, why should we to be? Were the ancestors here BEFORE they even arrived, what where they called? Natives/Indians??

    Where are the slave ships? Why isn't one in the Smithsonian Institute for all of us to see? How can a person be both African and American at the same damn time? Who are these people called "WHITE?" Are they even HUMAN???? If anyone's mentally ill, it's all of them!!!

    They're at war with the whole world. There hasn't been a day of peace since they arrived from wherever the fuck they arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All they do is KILL and HATE. They've got that shit down to a SCIENCE. Why do we even want to be associated with such people? They obviously DO NOT want us here; we have no where TO GO, so they figure THEY'LL JUST KILL US ALL OFF. Who gives two shits REALLY???????????????? We're doomed in this JOINT.

    We keep messing around with these THINGS called CAUCASIANS and we're going to find ourselves laying beside each other in our graves, simultaneously.

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    Condolences to the Gaines family. We've all been 23 years of age and many of us have 23 year old young adults in our families. Korryn was a very pretty young lady. When I was 23 I had two children too. These days, when your child leaves the house, it's a major worry until they return. America has taken a major turn for the worse if that's even possible. It obviously is very possible.

    Condolences again, Gaines family. My heart is with all of you at this time.

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    CRIME & JUSTICEBY FERN SHEN12:38 PMAUG 5, 20160

    Why was Crisis Intervention Team not used with Korryn Gaines?

    Family, ACLU say police had other approaches besides lethal force

    Above: Korryn Gaines in the video she made of her March 10 traffic stop.

    Like many large cities and jurisdictions, Baltimore County has a crisis intervention team which “works with the county police to assess, triage and stabilize situations involving mental health issues.”

    This “Mobile Crisis Team,” the county website explains, can be dispatched for “suicidal subjects, mentally ill subjects, situational crisis, emergency petitions and other acute situations.”

    And yet in the clearly acute situation police encountered Monday afterofficers broke into Korryn Gaines’ Randallstown apartment to serve her with a warrant – they found Gaines allegedly sitting on the floor holding a shotgun, her five-year-old nearby – the crisis intervention team was never called in.

    After a six-hour standoff, during which police said an at-times agitated Gaines occasionally aimed her gun at them and at one point demanded they leave or be shot, an officer fired the first shot at her.

    This triggered two blasts from Gaines and then the officer returned fire with three shots, killing the 23-year-old.

    Gaines’ son Kodi received non-fatal injuries in the crossfire.

    Why was the crisis team never called in to try and de-escalate?

    “I don’t know the answer to that question,” Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said last night. “I have to look into that, how that unit is dispatched. I can’t answer you right now on that.”

    ACLU: Police Tactics Led to Tragedy

    That question is one of many swirling as Gaines’ death comes under national scrutiny, amid the continuing controversy over the police use of lethal force against African-Americans.

    “If Korryn Gaines is now dead and her son, without his mother, is shot, who exactly did the police aim to protect in that house? It was surrounded. She couldn’t leave,” wrote New York Daily News columnist Shaun King, discussing her death along with other recent high-profile police shootings, including those of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice.

    “It appears that police just didn’t feel like waiting it out any longer,” he wrote. “Why not? Was her life not worth the wait?”

    Responding to The Brew’s questions Tuesday, County Police Chief James Johnson defended his agency’s tactics, saying they were “concerned about the safety of the child.”

    Locally, police also are being criticized – including by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland – for failing to end the encounter peacefully.

    “It should be an explicit goal for police in every encounter that all of the people, both the police and the community that they serve and protect, survive the encounter,” the ACLU said in a statement on Gaines’ death.

    “And from what we know today about the Baltimore County Police Department’s response to Ms. Gaines,” the group said, “Police failed to honor that goal, with devastating results.”

    Gaines’ distraught family members also spoke out against the police handling of the encounter.

    “We see hundreds of videos where these people are taken into custody without harm. What was so different in this situation?” Gaines’ aunt, Dawn McGee, told WBALTV. “If they truly felt like something was wrong, then address her accordingly.”

    “The weapon was on her lap beside her. She didn’t fire until they fired on her,” aunt Shannon Gaines told the station.

    Elsewhere, Crisis Teams Used

    Chief James Johnson has said police did use “trained negotiators” to try to get Gaines to surrender peacefully Monday. And police did consult with “mental health professionals,” during the standoff, according to Armacost.

    But with many details still to be revealed, the rough outline of what happened – a SWAT team kicking down the door to serve a warrant for minor offenses and then firing the first shot – suggests Baltimore County police may not have followed current thinking on best practices in such situations.

    Police agencies across the country are increasingly using special training and crisis intervention teams to help officers deal with people who may have mental health issues.

    “Studies have found that the training can alter the way officers view people with mental illness,” according to a review of the issue by The New York Times.

    “The approach, which teaches officers ways to defuse potentially violent encounters before force becomes necessary, is useful for officers facing any volatile situation, even if a mental health crisis is not involved,” the Timesnoted, citing law enforcement experts.

    Portland Oregon Police Bureau in 2013 announcing the launch of its Behavioral Health Unit. [portlandoregon.gov)

    A Behavioral Health Unit, aimed at assisting in interactions with people with mental health issues and avoiding the use of lethal force, is launched by the Portland Police bureau in 2013. (portlandoregon.gov)

    Under this model, experts are also made available to assist officers in many jurisdictions, including in Baltimore County according to its website – which notes that the Mobile Crisis Team “pairs a mental health clinician with a police officer to provide emergency police response to persons in need of crisis intervention.”

    Armacost would not discuss Gaines’ possible mental health issues with reporters, citing privacy, but the public record and the agency’s own encounters with Gaines suggest police had good reason to anticipate that she might have some.

    In a 2012 lead paint lawsuit, Gaines’ attorneys said she had “neurological impairments” as a result of childhood lead exposure. A physician’s report stated that Gaines had “a history of problems with anger and impulsive behavior.”

    Gaines’ aggressive behavior during her March 10 traffic stop for not having license plates on her vehicle was another possible indication. An increasingly agitated Gaines refused to turn over her drivers’ license, challenged the officer’s authority and had to be physically removed from the car, according to the police report.

    “You guys are going to take me away from here in a body bag,” she told officers in video she made of the traffic stop, which also shows her advising her five-year-old “You see what they do to us? You fight them!”

    Police Withholding Officer’s Name

    With the agency’s review of Gaines’ fatal shooting still pending, police say they will not soon be releasing the name of the officer who shot her because of threats the incident generated.

    In a statement to the media, Chief Johnson said the department has “received an unprecedented number of threats against police, including threats and actions against specific officers and officials.” Their decision comes on the heels of the fatal ambush of five police officers in Dallas last month during a demonstration against police shootings.

    Not just the number of threats but concern about the 23-year-old’s political affiliations played a part in the decision not to release the officer’s name. Johnson also cited “Gaines’ ideology, consistent with anti-government sentiment.”

    “While Gaines does not appear to have been actively affiliated with any specific anti-government group,” Johnson wrote, “she identified and behaved as a ‘free person’ who does not recognize governmental authority.”

    ____________________________

    Narrative from the Baltimore County Police report on their March 10 traffic stop of Gaines at Pikeswood Drive and Liberty Road.

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    OP-ED: KORRYN GAINES DIDN’T HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS, AMERICA DOES

    Baltimore-based Hip-Hop scholar and artist, Labtekwon, proposes in his song “The Truth About Race”, that “racism is a learned psychological disorder, a psychosis, a delusion belief based on a premise that’s bogus.”

    Psychosis is a mental disorder characterized by an impaired relationship with reality.

    When a SWAT team is deployed to a residential neighborhood to arrest one armed woman, kills this woman and injures her child in their home, this excessive use of force illustrate a mental disorder. This force shows a delusional belief and fear.

    Korryn Gaines does not have a mental disorder, she is navigating a society with a mental disorder, whose fears of Black people outweigh utilizing logic in conflicts. If through her survival, as a Black woman in America, she is mentally damaged by that society, it is a learned behavior.

    America has a mental illness: racism.

    By Fire Angelou*, AFROPUNK contributor


    It is not a mental illness that sits in the corner, silent, thinking to itself. America’s mental illness is omnipresent. It permeates every system: government, religion, school, and more. It is a mental illness that is loud in policy and in action.
    White supremacy is a global mental illness.

    Any Black person that is working to understand this mental illness and/or organizing to subvert it, must understand the illogical nature of racism. For contemporary context, we need not to look any further than Charles Kinsey who was unarmed and lying on his back when he was shot by a North Miami police officer. When Kinsey asked the officer why he shot him, the officer replied: “I don’t know.”

    Psychosis.

    Black mothers are tasked with communicating this mental illness to their children out of protection. For survival, Black children must understand the mental illness of the white imagination because Black people are constantly living in it; the white imagination creates alternate realities in which white people perceive they are in more danger when a Black body is around.

    A Black child has to understand the white imagination before their own.

    To be a Black mother in America is to simultaneously teach a child how to live and how to protect their life. Gaines had to teach her child how to understand death when he was still understanding what it meant to live. She was a beautiful mother and a martyr. Gaines utilized her rebellion, survival and ultimately her death, as a lesson for her child.

    Gaines was not mentally ill, she was aware of America’s mental illness.

    This is what it means to be a rebellious Black Woman and a mother in America. It means holding your gun and your child.

    Black women don't need guns to be soldiers. The mere fact we exist and smile is a testimony to our warrior womanhood. During my years in this country, I have learned that to be a Black woman in America is to learn how to have a rhythm with your rage; it is remaining strong even when everything is trying to break you. It is constantly battling with depression, anxiety or hopelessness.

    Being a Black person in America is constantly working to not let the American mental illness of racism become your own.

    To truly become rebellious in America, one must understand the depths of the American mental illness of racism from which children, even Gaines’ 5-year old son, is not exempt.

    When the police shot first with a black child in the room, they did not consider him a child. Historically, white terror has denied Black children childhood and the ability to be seen as innocent and valuable. As Stacey Patton said in her article “Killing Black Children is an American Tradition”, “the very notion of black childhood continues to be tied up in the definition of black people as property, as subhuman, and inherently dangerous. In other words, there’s no such thing as a black child.”

    To those officers, that Monday morning in Gaines’ house, there was not a mother and a child. There was a growing Black man and a Black woman. Two forces, they have been socialized to believe, threaten their safety.


    These police officers, and others across the country, were living in delusions about how “unsafe” they were. Even when police are heavily armed with more officers and more weapons than the civilian, they still feel unsafe.

    Psychosis.

    Therefore, we cannot trust how “safe” and “unsafe” a police officer feels because they have a mental illness. No amount of weapons that an officer holds can protect them from their mental illness of racism. Their feelings are connected to abstract ideas and not tangible realities; their feelings of being “unsafe” is directly connected to just encountering Blackness.

    And when Blackness dares to protect itself, we see police acting out of an intensified delusional fear. If they understand Blackness as inherently more dangerous then the police will respond to imaginary situations. They will respond with the intention to eliminate instead of deescalate. This is why we have seen many police encounters where police take in armed white men peacefully, and why Gaines and her son were shot in their home.

    Over a traffic ticket. Or whistling, driving, selling cigarettes or walking home. There is nothing too trivial to kill a black person over.

    Mental illness is not an excuse for brutal police actions. It is a historical observation of American consciousness and how it deploys race, and its imaginary fears, to create real, material conditions for Black people. It is how a delusional idea about a group of people can impact the physical world -- and take a beautiful human life.

    America is a mental illness.

    What is perhaps more terrifying than the mental illness itself -- is denying that it exist.

    *Fire Angelou is a truth-teller who flips fear into strength. She celebrates blackness, uses the personal as political and ain't got time for enablers of white supremacy. She enjoys drumming, twerking and making black people smile. Follow her daily slaying @fireangelou or visit her blog at www.fireangelou.com

     

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    What did I say .  .  .

    TheY try to make sure there are not witnesses, AFTER making sure their victim doesn't live to tell their side of the story, even going as far as to hold off EMS until the victim bleeds to death.  

     

    AFRICAN AMERICANS BETTER WAKE THE "F" UP!!

     

    A RACE WAR IS BEING WAGED ON US, THEY ARE EVEN KILLING OUR CHILDREN!!!!!

     

     

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      Unfortunately this is the tactics police use on ANYBODY...black...with mentally illness or no.  It's doesn't matter.  I remember years ago...police didn't negotiate with the mentally challenged...they just shoot em-ask questions later.  The stuff they're talking about is on television or in white  neighborhoods...but!  In the hood, a black person who is suspect of something/nothing...is gon treated this way.  Cali is especially notorious for that.  And they've been busted so many times...it ain't funny.  Baca is faced with his own indiscretions in handling police matter-mostly those that affect black people and latinos.  But this is the climate.  To the nth power....and so.  What do you do?  But!   

    ‘The Vampire Theory’: Watch Korryn Gaines Recite Powerful Poem About Black Bodies Being Hunted

      

    In the aftermath of the shooting death of 23-year-old Baltimore resident Korryn Gaines, videos of her have surfaced online, revealing more of her personality before Monday’s tragic incident.

    On Aug. 1, Gaines was engaged in a multi-hour standoff with Baltimore police over arrest warrants for minor citations.

    Atlanta Black Star reported that the young woman recorded an Instagram video of her talking to her 5-year-old son during the standoff.

    According to NBC News, Gaines had a 12-gauge shotgun in hand, threatening police. They fired first, and Gaines returned fire. Then officers fired three more times, killing the young mother.

    Today, new developments in the case revealed that her son may not have been in her lap.

    In a recently released video, Gaines recites a poem entitled, “The Vampire Theory,” about Black self-worth.

    “Our blood reeks of royalty; they can smell it in the air,” she says. “We’re so used to our own scent, we can’t fathom what we bear. They know of our greatness. I’m just trying to taste it while others are trying to waste it.”

     
     
     

      So.  What do we do?  It appears we have regressed to the Jim Crow times...and the revisitation of coon targeting.  But as I continue to say...this ain't nothing new.  It's just more media is on it when it happens.  But it's been happening all along except most couldn't see from all the smoke from the gunfire in our own hood.  Let's not forget that or overlook it as if it NEVER existed because what is occuring now?  Is the evolution of doing ABSOLUTELY nothing for the men, women and children who DIED at the hands of our own back in the day when black people supposedly were living LARGE.  It's karma.  Say whatcha want to make you feel better....but!  What we are experiencing today with massa and his boys?  PAYBACK.  The big PAYBACK from the innocent black people who were shunned by their own kind in payment for shoe laces and drug money or just cuz of FEAR.  As they watched or heard EVERYDAY a child, men, women BEING gunned down.  Black lives mattered back then...but!  Folks wanna say WATER under the bridge.  That's focking BULLSHYTE.  And you would think because of us being targeted we would TREAT EACH OTHER better...not!  Homicide in black on black crime has hit the ROOF.

     So.  The question.  Who do you RUN from?  When you can't even walk in your own neighborhood with your head held up high from knowing you have to avoid looking in some fools trigger happy eyes...as you step outta your caR coming from a Black Lives Matter protest rally....down the street?  So,  What do you do? When one is calling you a coon and the other...who look like YOU by the way is calling you an igger.  What do you do while standing in a quandary?  Don't wanna move to the left or right cuz you might...get shot by BOTH!  We as a people NEED to address the festering boil that is destroying our culture...cuz this boil?  Is causing us to limp right into harm's way. i.e. Massa.  We can point fingers then duck...but!  It is NOT gonna stop the killing until we come up with something strategic that will SAVE [black] lives.  Loud noise is merely PUFF...it doesn't stop a bullet and hasn't since the movement began.  Each week we are reminded that massa don't give a fock how many walk the line....just make his aim better.  We have to teach our children to LOVE their culture even though we see many who DON'T.  We have to teach our children to be LOYAL...even though they see many of us who AREN'T.  This genocide of black people is MUCH MORE than a slogan and signs...the massacre of our culture is telling the world...that in fact...BLACK LIVES don't matter.  As they continue to kill us every day.  So.  Again.  What do you do? Cuz what we're doing now?  All this surface TALKIN'?  PROTESTIN? Aint focking...WORKING!!!!!   As seen with a black mother executed while holding her son.  So much for the traditional Madonna and child image. That's not even sacred anymore. But!

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    Why was Crisis Intervention Team not used with Korryn Gaines?

     

      They had no intentions of utilizing this crisis team.  Once the swat was there, they already had their orders to execute.  Before coming to her apartment, they should have had a plan for the crisis team to accompanying them...mainly to deal with her first.   This is an option they could have used and should be mandatory in situations like this but it's  after the fact now.  Cuz when they came there, the crisis team should have been with them to contact her first since she had her son with her.  Police always [supposedly] mitigate when there is a child/children involved.  So.  I still don't think negotiation was in the plan.  And I'm still wondering what was the dynamics to cause her boyfriend to run out there with only the toddler.  If he felt danger, why didn't he take both kids? Regardless if the older child not being his.   This bothers me.  Did they have an agrument about the kids and he just fled?  It's also troubling.  I know she was posting stuff and using twitter but how could she not know that she was gonna be there to the end and still made a conscious decision to keep her son...KNOWING how the police is and put his life in danger...anyway?  I'm struggling with that too.  We just don't know enough to assess.  And as a mother why would I knowingly place my child in danger knowing how trigger happy the police is.  So.  As more unfolds, maybe those questions will be answered.  However, now children are without their mother and an innocent young woman has lost her life.  That's the real tragedy in all of this.  As it continues to happen....But

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    White people DO NOT see Black people as CITIZENS of this joint. We don't have SOVEREIGNTY, we have the 14 th Amendment, which will always place our black asses in second class "citizenry," according to their most INSANE asses. We're between the rock and fucking hard place at the same damn time. When they reinstate the so-called "Draft", and DEMAND women to be MILITARIZED, are they going to DRAFT OUR GIRL BABIES' black asses too? 

    Women fuck, get pregnant, have abortions, give birth, worry about their babies forever and a day until mother dies, or the kid's DRAFTED or VOLUNTEERS to fight WHITE MAN'S WARS which are on-going every day, or they're slaughtered from WHITE KLANSMEN called "COPS" or just plain murdered by WHITES, BLACKS, everyfucking body and HATED NON-STOP.

    It's weird how we don't FIGHT BACK; we're just everyone's TARGET PRACTICE until THEY GET IT RIGHT. We as "Black" people are foolish beyond belief. You'd NEVER be DRAFTING their children to take a SHIT. You'd be a pile of spaghetti first and foremost.

    That means we die for them here, there, everyfucking where according to the WORLD THEY RULE. All of us have a most severe case of WHITE MAN'S DISEASE; or maybe it's HUMANITY DISEASE; whatever it is, it's fucking lethal to our BLACK ASSES.

    Where on this planet, do people LIVE IN PEACE from the day they're born until the day they DIE from NATURAL CAUSES, without interference from demented assholes?????????????????

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    Korryn Gaines' boyfriend is being ripped apart both on social media and in the comments section of a GoFundMe page he created using his now deceased girlfriend's name.


    Kareem K. Courtney, 39, is apparently unemployed and lived with Korryn and fathered their 1-year-old child. Korryn's 5-year-old is reportedly not his biological child.

     

    http://www.bet.com/video/news/...old-black-woman.html

    Kareem K. Courtney, 39, is apparently unemployed and lived with Korryn and fathered their 1-year-old child. Korryn's 5-year-old is reportedly not his biological child.

    According to reports, police were called to their apartment on June 28, 2016, at around 10:00 am after the couple got into an argument, resulting in him throwing a chair at her and slapping her. He reportedly fled the scene after she called the police about the attack, which occurred in front of her children.

    In the GoFundMe page set up by Kareem titled "Korryn's Home Going Service," the goal is set at $10,000, with $955 being donated within the last three days.

    Korryn's official GoFundMe page is titled "The Official Korryn Gaines Fund" and is set at a $20,000 goal, with upwards from $12,000 being raised thus far. It was set up by Korryn's family, particularly her cousinCreo Brady.

    Disgusted by Kareem's decision to create a page in Korryn's name, disgruntled supporters of Korryn's took to the comments section to express how they felt.

    "Donate to Korryn's official go fund me. This isn't it. I'm reporting this as fraud," one commenter wrote, while another added, "You beat her, you ran out with 'your' child and left her, now you trying to PROFIT off her death??! #SCANDALOUS."

    If donating, please donate to the official page created by Korryn's family.

    Catch up on the heartbreaking story in the video, above.

    Written by Moriba Cummings

     

      Now...it's coming out.   I knew an argument was in the picture somewhere.  So.  Did the police come because of a warrant or because of her being assaulted?  Which is it?  Cuz I don't recall SWAT coming to a  house for domestic violence and that wasn't what was conveyed in the initial report.  So.  Again.  I'm confused.  And it was a lot of em outside her home.  Why was there a standoff if she was the one to call the police?  Why was the boyfriend able to run out of the home if he was in fact the abuser?  Still.  It's not adding up.  And I agree that the boyfriend shouldn't benefit from her demise.  That's HEARTLESS.  See how we do each other?  Even in the time of death.  How sad.  Unfortunately, I have even more questions.  But!

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