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A 22-year-old black father was killed by police for holding a toy gun while at Walmart. According to CBS News, John Crawford, 22, went shopping with his girlfriend at a Walmart in Dayton, Ohio.

Crawford and his girlfriend went their separate ways to shop for personal items while in the store. At some point, Crawford picked up a toy BB gun and played video games while talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone.

A suspicious couple, April and Ronald Ritchie, began following Crawford. They eventually called police and told them that Crawford was walking around the store with a gun.

When police arrived at the store, they approached him from behind and told him to put the weapon down. Crawford turned and told them it was just a toy. The police officers opened fire on Crawford. He later died from his wounds.

This is clearly another case of a black male losing his life due to racist actions. April and Ronald Ritchie racially profiled Crawford by assuming that he was carrying a real gun. The couple should have notified store managers who could have verified that Crawford was carrying a toy gun. Instead, they called police and caused an innocent man to lose his life. Following the tragic incident with Crawford, a 37-year-old woman died after having a heart attack in the store.

The police acted in a racist manner by killing Crawford without giving him a chance to tell them he was holding a toy.

In the past three weeks, three unarmed black males have been killed by police. Eric Garner was choked and killed by NYPD in July. Several days ago, 18-year-old Mike Brown was shot and killed by police while walking to his grandmother’s house.

Crawford’s relatives have notified the NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

A.R. Shaw

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  • kate

    It’s not racist actions- these crazy assed cops will kill anyone, and their little dog too!

    • X

      Quit trying to be funny. They Murdered this man out of racism. The couple that called the police did so out of racism.

      They are all murders.

      • John

        Shut the fuck up. Stop blaming racism on everything to narrow minded dip shit.

        • john

          You*

        • NaturalMamaNZ

          See how no one agrees with you John, and everyone agrees with X? It’s because you’re wrong, with all the white privilege in the world, but you don’t acknowledge it.

          • GoodbyeUSA

            White people have two choices, acknowledge your privilege (i.e. confess your sins and accept your punishment) or arm yourselves to the teeth. I choose the latter.

          • Robert Jenkins

            sigh… and here you are assuming you’re going to get some sort of “punishment” what punishment? Nobody is trying to punish you. Seriously what is anyone going to do if you admit you have privilege? Nobody is trying to do shit to you. Irrational fear of people of color so you decide that you want to get guns because “the niggas are mad now”. That’s exactly how you end up shooting people because you assume they are out to get you because they’re black. Racism 101.

          • GoodbyeUSA

            First, the primary reason to have firearms is so you do not need to use them. I know that seems counter intuitive to city folk like yourself, but that is because the only people you know with firearms are bad people and cops, and you prefer the bad people to the cops.

            Second, the whole white privilege thing is a way of taking things from people that have them (“you didn’t earn that”) to give to people who are failing. Tell a black kid who gets accepted at Princeton to acknowledge his privilege (getting in with lower marks) and see how well he responds to that. He probably won’t like you explaining away his successes as unearned gifts that he takes for granted.

            The truth is, privilege is critical to success in America. The lie is that that privilege comes from skin color, when we all know it almost always comes from having a two-parent family. Strange that those without privilege insist on programs and policies that perpetuate that privilege (and disadvantage).

            I wish I was black or Latino. I would have had so much more opportunities. Of course, that assumes I was not imprinted with the same self-defeating self-pity that liberal America has tattooed on most minorities in this country. Self-Pity and Rationalization 101.

          • Kazz Man

            The fact that you assume he is “city folk”, as in all black people grow up in urban areas, highlights the exact presumptuous nature Robert Jenkins talked about in his comment.

        • BNHonest

          People like You are the problem and probably a racist as well

      • Donna

        Only a racist would assume racism was another’s motive. You have no f’ing idea why these two morons and a worthless, completely unqualified cop did what they did.
        You can call them racist all day and all you have done is prove that you’re an idiot!

    • kate

      I am speaking as a woman whose 64 year old white husband was brutalized and ARRESTED by 2 white paramilitary Washington, D.C. cops for having a RADAR DETECTOR in his car!

      • MB

        Kate – brutalized and arrested is not shot down and laying dead in the street. There is a difference sister! He gets to go home and on with his life, and I suspect his wallet will probably be a bit thicker in time.

        • GoodbyeUSA

          Yes it is f*(k face. Same thing, different outcome. But a racist like you cannot see that. If it was a black 64 year old that got beat down, would you be attempting the same stupid distinctions? Hell no! BECAUSE YOU ARE THE RACIST.

          • MB

            Blacks can’t be racist, but they can be bigots. Educate yourself by learning to read past the first sentence in a book. I would get deeper, but I only debate my equals.

          • GoodbyeUSA

            Yeah, educate me on how blacks cannot be racists, you effing racist black man. Also, blacks cannot be violent, just freedom fighters.

          • MB

            I would, but I don’t want your head to explode. “Effing racist black man” . Wrong again. Unapologetically a black man is correct.

          • GoodbyeUSA

            All black men are racist. See how that works?

          • Robert Jenkins

            Okay since when does anyone call black men freedom fighters? Nobody every said black people cannot be violent. Can you stop calling us “blacks” btw you could say “Black people” that would be a lot better. I mean you don’t agree with this and you came all the way here to do what? to complain? to get mad for people acknowledging something you don’t want to. Sorry but half the black people in this country weren’t born with equal rights and you expect prejudice to disappear with people like you who decide to arm themselves in fear of black people trying to get pay back?

          • GoodbyeUSA

            The “freedom fighters” comment is sarcasm, the point of which is to say that black people and their progressive apologists make excuses for poor behavior. Just look at the current Michael Brown case. He was a 6 foot 4 inch 300 pound man who jumped into a cop car and pounded the cop in the face. He broke the guys eye socket and went for his firearm. Anyone who will attack a cop like that is on his way to causing serious damage in the world.

            It probably was unnecessary for the cop to shoot him after he disengaged, but for black people to act as if the cop was just some racist and tear a town up just goes to show how quick they are to hate.

            I see that hate, and my nature is not to respond with fear, but strength. I think progressives underestimate the people they are trying to shame with their stupid ‘white privilege’ campaign.

          • Guiltfree

            I didn’t know blacks wasn’t right. It’s so hard keeping up with whatever you zip coons want to be called these days. Why do you insist I say black people? Does calling you blacks imply that I don’t consider you people?

  • mrhowell2002

    It’s not racist!!! I’m a black man and if I see a guy walking around a walmart what looks to be a gun I’m not calling a walmart mgr… Hello!!! I’m calling the police … The way regular folk are killing people for the hell of it… It’s not easy being a cop in this day and age…

    • X

      You not a black man. You’re a Liar and covering for them because its so shameful.

      They are all racist and will answer to GOD for what they did.

      Period!

      • mrhowell2002

        No, black,,. But I walk with Jesus .. Meaning I walk with wisdom… I’m not gonna carry a fake gun that looks like a real gun around when I KNOW police have itchy trigger fingers!!!! Hello!!!! Would you walk around with a fake gun knowing how the police are…??

        • sugarbutterbean

          you still have a right as a cititzen to believe they will not do anything stupid .. he was in a store for christ sakes not on the street , they didnt even kill adam lanza after they saw him walking to his car with a gun .. and the colorado gunman in the movie theater same thing … adam lanza killed his own self .. the cops watche him do it did they have opportunity to kill him know it was a real gun yes indeed .. so why would a cop just shoot a man holding what looks to be a gun without investigating in oohhh i know .. trigger happy ex soliders from afghanistan no training cause the police believe to patrol the city is the same as patroling afganistan .. they are use to shoot up peopple over there , not necessarly racism all the time some times its untrain cops rookies fresh from over seas in the war . glad to carry a weapon .. no sensititvity training on americans black or white .. just ready to kill someone ..

          • mrhowell2002

            Ok… Buddy, you go right on ahead and carry you a pistol inside a store, or down the street, or on a mall and think the POLICE will calmly ask you ” hey buddy what are you doing with a gun” man c’mon … That cop doesn’t know if you gonna shoot someone , just shot someone looking to die by cop suicide… Etc… Look around you buddy people is killing other people for fun!!! If I was a cop I wouldn’t play with you and you holding a gun… I got a family too… A mother, father, kids… And I’m going home to him… If you wanna carry fake guns, real guns around be my guest!!!

          • Jenn

            White people carry real. loaded weapons down busy streets to demonstrate their “open carry rights” and don’t get gunned down. Just saying.

          • mrhowell2002

            This society doesn’t see blacks and whites as equals , so of course they have more leeway out in these streets.. Look at my hometown 7 kids broke into Ray Allen’s house and frightened his wife and kids … What did they get charged with a 1st degree misdeameanor … Had the homeowner been white and 7 black kids went In there you already know… It is wat it is…

          • mrhowell2002

            exactly but we are not white were black different standard so if you don’t know by now let me tell you “IF YOU ARE BLACK DONT WALK AROUND WITH FAKE GUNS BECAUSE 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 THEY LAYING YOU DOWN” this is nothing new…(old news) people still be in shock …just saying..

        • ForPostsSake

          I do agree that there does need to be a level of wisdom exerted. Everything, in action, isn’t in “racism” all of the time, I would have called if anyone had a gun because people are wound too tight or not at all. And some people are just killers. I have to survive first. On the same token, there IS that shoot first kill later that is more so associated with black males and the perception of violence, that is still, especially in Chicago, a real living breathing reality. Not everyone, but for damn sure too many. Stereotypes are often rooted in truths. He did not deserve to die. That stands.

        • jbrandonf

          So now we as citizens have to tiptoe around in an effort to not attract police attention? Sorry but I’m not trying to live my life in constant fear of thugs with badges and guns.

          • mrhowell2002

            I walk I can’t tip toe… Lol… But I walk not to bring any attention to me… Humility… I hate guns don’t believe in them soo I will never get into a situation with them.. And I have never had a problem with the police… If people learn to respect others (even if the other person is an ahole ) they would have 0 problems but this is an heathenistic generation !!! Ready to get stupid at the drop of a dime… Have at it… Carry your guns, bring attention to yourselves , when police tell you to do something talk back, fight back… And hopefully your not a statistic… Enjoy.. When you find Jesus and learn to get rid if pride, and be humble life will b sweeter

          • jbrandonf

            You don’t need to tell me how I should conduct myself. You think Trayvon was talking and fighting back? He was accosted by a psychopath, so was this Mike Brown. Sometimes you need to keep your mouth shut, sometimes you need to fight back.

            I don’t carry guns but I train martial arts. It’s taught me when it’s appropriate to use my skills and when it wasn’t. Look at this kid Michael, there was nothing he could’ve done here. The officer accosted him for not walking on the sidewalk but if it wasn’t that it’d be something else. Keeping your head down isn’t going to stop someone who’s looking to pick a fight with someone weaker, sorry to tell you.

            Sometimes the only language a bully understands is someone who’s willing to equally aggressively defend themselves.

      • Alex Akai

        But Walmart should be the first to intervene seeing how they sell the realistic gun looking BB guns. why sell something in your store that can get someone killed for walking around with it

      • GoodbyeUSA

        Your are the stereotypical Obama church going blackman, though, Mr. X. X is what people who cannot read call themselves.

      • notguilty

        Can’t accept that a black person isn’t afraid of the police? He’s probably one of those law abiding blacks. Anyway it’s good to know that at least one of them think rationally.

    • Terrell

      U r a asshole all walmarts have a armed cop at the store its not that hard to tell someone with ill intent and who walks around with a gun in his hand and not shooting someone and u don’t even try to calm the situation and just shoot if he was white it wouldn’t be shoot first

      • mrhowell2002

        No I’m a realist.. If I’m with my family a a dude walking around with a gun out I’m gonna call somebody… C’mon man…

      • Alex A

        The owness should be on Walmart just as much as the cops, of all the department in the store, u leave the gun dept open & without an employee in sight. Walmart should’ve been monitoring their cameras & department n should’ve been 1st to the scene. The cops could’ve easily announced their presence to defuse the situation, a number of ppl failed thus causing him his life

    • sugarbutterbean

      WRONG ANSWER STUPID . . you may call the police if you want but its still up to the police to do their job .. they should have ask the man to drop the gun then listen to what he said next im sure he didnt think they would shoot him . hell then they need to take toy guns out of walmart period …. they had to see the man standing in the toy section of the store , and being black dont fit the sterio type of mass killer ether a mass killer has always been a white man !! period hands down .. so when they got the call .. . FIRST THEY SHOULD HAVE VISUALLY WATCHE THE MAN THEN ASK HIM TO DROP THE ITEM AND CANT THEY TELL A TOY FROM A REAL GUN .. THEY DONT MAKE REAL GUN IMAGES FOR KIDS ANYMOERE MATEL STOP DOING THAT YEAR AGO WHEN PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THEIER OWN HOMES FOR HOLD A TOY GUN ….. SO READ FOOL THATS PROOF THE POLICE DID THAT WRONG .. they know that gun was a toy more than likely the man ws in the toy section ..

    • Likewaterforchoc

      It’s so obvious that you are absolutely NOT a black man. You are just identifying as one in hopes that more people will be agreement with you. Wal Mart is a store that actually sells real guns and toy guns, so just calling the cops because you saw someone with a gun is a sticky wicket. The couple should also be charged as accessories and for false report. As far as police having itchy trigger fingers, he already had the gun when the police were called. They approached him from behind and I’m pretty sure that he didn’t think that anyone would call the cops on him.

      • sugarbutterbean

        OK DUMB BUTT .. SO you didnt get the memo walmart sales hunting rifles not guns . so there fore the point still is … hand guns are not sold in walmart , toy guns that look like real guns are not sold at walmart YOU GET IT ..DO YOUR STUDY .. SO THAT MEANS THE COPS NEED TO HAVE ASSESSED THE SITUATION OF WHAT TYPE OF GUN HE HAD . RATHER THAN THINK HE WAS GONNA SHUT IT … NO ONE CALLED AND SAID A MAN IS SHOOT A GUN OR HOLDING HOSTAGES . ..SO LEGALLY THEY WERE NOT SUPPOSE TO OPEN FIRE TIL THEY DETERMINED WHAT THE MAN WAS DOING WITH THE GUN ..SINCE THE CALLER DID NOT STATE SOMEONE WAS HOLD A GUN ON ANYONE /?? IF THIS MAN WAS WHITE THAT FACT WOULD MATTER AS TO WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH THE GUN AND 2 . WHAT TYPE OF WEAPON IT WAS CAUSE THE POLICE KNOWS THERE ARE TOYS IN THAT STORE .. TOO
        toys that are pink , green and orange point still remains how you gonna shoot someone with a pink gun in their hand???? it cant be done should be done and is not lawful , they forgot the rules of the classes they took who ever shot this man forgot to examine the weapon cops are scared for one .
        some are racist and scared mixxed a deadly combination ..
        SORRY I STICK TO MY PROACTIVE POINT .. POLICE NEED TO BE TRAINED PROPERLY MOST ARE NOT PERIOD ..
        SO DO YOUR STUDYING ON GUN LAWS GUN RIGHTS ,AND POLICE PROTOCAL .. AND SHUT UP NEXT

        • Likewaterforchoc

          Why are you commenting on my post? I didn’t read your full response, because I know how your silly ass likes to rant on and on. I didn’t comment to your posts…on purpose. Look at the posts, silly, I responded to Mr Howell because I do NOT agree with him. I guess enough folks are giving you enough attention on here.

        • Likewaterforchoc

          And also,BB guns are real guns, but they shoot BB’s and they tend to be the same colors as real guns, but I believe a officer of the law should be able to tell the difference.

          • jbrandonf

            They have orange tips on the muzzle though right?

      • mrhowell2002

        Wow… Ok whatever you say… That is the problem with guns in this society … Bible says you live by a gun you die by them… So you go on ahead and get your fake guns , real guns and walk around in public and think no one is going to call the police on you and continue to live in your fantasyland scenario … Go ahead and b another statistic … Smh

        • Likewaterforchoc

          I wouldn’t exactly call a customer picking up a BB gun at a Wal Mart that was available for sale, “living by the gun”. But whatever, man.

        • Likewaterforchoc

          Also, this is the same type of victim-blaming that got George Zimmerman acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin. Where does it end? It’s the same thing: He shouldn’t have walking in THAT neighborhood. He shouldn’t have worn THAT hoodie. Placing black folks on trial for their own murders is a trend in the justice system. Please note the “#IFIWASGUNNEDDOWN” movement. It explains a lot of this perfectly.

        • Naye

          If he wasnt posing a threat, I do believe it is legal to carry a gun. That’s my issue here. Why didnt they stop and ask him for his gun permit. He didnt point the gun at anybody. WTF

    • Rainlion

      right… guess that explains the difference in how the police handled this versus all the open carry nuts carrying long arms into Targets, and restaurants… and by the way… this is an open carry state.

    • GoodbyeUSA

      It may not be easy, but it requires restraint. I know cops that have been on the force in bad neighborhoods for 30 years and have never discharged their firearm.

  • DL

    Calling the manager instead of the cops??? That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Sorry the man was shot but the guy had a weapon in the eyes of everyone. He brought that shit on himself. I don’t care what color he was. You carry around something that looks like a real gun and you are asking for trouble.

    • tlove

      That makes no sense the item he was carrying was sold at the store he was in.

    • sugarbutterbean

      why do the store have guns if you cant pick them up? why do the goverment allow toy stores to process and package a toy gun ? that looks real? i thought there was a band on real looking weapons in stores anymore since the early 90s ?> so why didnt the cops get that memo …??? i would love to know if that so call gun was a water soaker orange and pink ../? they dont even sell guns real guns at walmart no more for this reason ? they use to sell real guns in walmart not anymore because of these types of situations …… i swear they were stupid to shoot this man with a water gun in his hands that could have been racist big time

    • ko

      Stretching the facts to fit your theory huh– now it is not just two foolish people, but “EVERYONE” who felt this dude was a threat. Stop making ish up. If you cant make your theory fit with the actual facts, you need a new theory. The store staff obviously did not think he was a criminal, the security guard in the store did not think so, no other customers reported it. I think you need a new theory and to stop lying with statements like “in the eyes of everyone.” Geez.

      • sugarbutterbean

        FACTS
        1. WALMART does not carry toy guns that look like replicas of real gun they got banded years ago when children were getting killed for have a toy gun in hand when police come to a house for other matters duhhhh
        2. FACTS . . police are trained to notice the type of gun a individual is holding and the person has to point the gun this man did not he told them its toy as they are looking at a toy oviously
        3. pistols are no longer sold in walmart or kmart or any dept store in america
        for the same reason and rarely can you find a walmart that sell hunting rifles that is all a few of them can carry . not many either
        4 FACTS .. a toy gun of pink orange blue can not be mistaken for a gun

        5 FACT .. the 911 call ,.. says the witnesses said that there is a man with what looks like a gun…. not there is a man chasing people or shooting people or scareing people those are the words 0=911 has to say for police to bring in swat .. swat is the only one can go in a store for those kind of calls period .. they know the proceedure . so unless 911 stated the facts wrong .. they should not have prepared to shoot …
        6 FACT .. I WORKED 6 YRS AS A 911 OPERATOR /DISPATCH STFU
        I KNOW ALL PROCEDURES AS FAR AS CALLS GO AND WHAT POLICE HAVE TO DO … THAT WAS NOT PROTOCAL THAT IS TAUGHT BY THEM THEY WILL BE SUED PERIOD . .THIS FAMILY HAS A GOOD LAWSUITE … ig that was your teenage son holding a gun would you still think it was ok for them to shoot a kid .. this man could have been 18 a large teen playing with a gun soooooo do you think they still should have shot .. hell adam lanza was not shot when they caught him they tried to get him to surrender and he shot his own self DUHHH HE WAS WHITE THE ONLY PROOF YOU NEED SINCE THE OTHER FACT ARE NOT CLICKING WITH YOUR DUMBNESS

  • swanlakemt

    I’m not black…. just a white chic from montana and this just sounds crazy! Honestly It must have something to do with the location where this happened and paranoid people. Every store here sell guns. People walk around with guns at their side because they have permits that allow them to. And I seriously couldn’t ever see this happening where I live. I really have no words because this is just crazy. And were I live.. in a town of about 30,000 people we have maybe 2 murders a year.. and most of the time its some angry husband or some stupid kids trying to rob someone. If someone was walking around walmart with a toy gun…people would assume it was a toy gun.. way before it being a real gun… Call us stupid, but maybe people should just move outta these bigger cities to more of a smaller town where we don’t assume so much!! Everyone has a gun here. I don’t know one person who does’t own a gun!

  • ruth

    I don’t want to in anyway blame the victim, but one take-away from this horrible incident is: when the police give you an instruction (i.e. ‘put it down’) then follow their instruction! The details will come out later. Police tend to shoot first and ask questions later.

    • tlove

      Ruth thats a flaw with the police. It needs to be rectified.

      • sugarbutterbean

        yes that is a flaw with the police , they dont need to be trained this way , i been advocating about their training for years , they are not trained with racial history in mind . they need to remember all the anger blacks have built up for all the sincelesss killing in the pass , this guy was not realizing the danger of a toy and if i had the toy in my hand i would have said the same thing .. he didnt drop it cause it was orange and he figured they should have visual inspected it if he said it was a toy whey would they shoot him .>? they know from history of all the mass shootings not one of them had a toy and said it was a toy .. and my point is in the 90s i thought they banned toy guns from stores period that look real , who in hell would buy a real looking gun for a kid . > knowing that child could been killed by accident pointing it … some teens look grown .. and why would the police just shoot and not ask questions

        • Ruth

          There has been study after study (esp. the ones that read brain waves and other subliminal data) showing that people of all ethnic backgrounds, education levels, etc., when shown pictures of males of different ethnicities, will reflect a negative leaning toward the Black males and a positive leaning toward the White males. And most people don’t even know they all have this underlying prejudice and even try to conscientiously over-ride it, but subconsciously it’s always there, and it causes tragedies like this; not to mention all the ‘new Jim Crow’ treatment of Black males all over the country and the world.

          • sugarbutterbean

            mark CUBAN IS THE FIRST WHITE I EVER HEARD ADMITT TO BEING PREJUDICE .. HE WAS BEING HONEST . WHITE PEOPLE DONT KNOW HOW TO IDENTIFY THEIR OWN PREJUDICE TOWARDS BLACKS PERIOD

    • Likewaterforchoc

      Victim blaming is a slippery slope.This is the same type of victim-blaming that got George Zimmerman acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin. Where does it end? It’s the same thing: He shouldn’t have walking in THAT neighborhood. He shouldn’t have worn THAT hoodie. Placing black folks on trial for their own murders is a trend in the justice system. So the black community needs to be careful about this. Please note the “#IFIWASGUNNEDDOWN” movement. It explains a lot of this perfectly as well.

  • butterbeansuga

    STANDING WHILE BLACK … ANOTHER FUK UP INCIDENT .. this has got to stop now why couldn t they take his word hell they accousted the colorado movie theater shooter with a bunch of guns standing by his trunk did they kill him? no he could have jumped in the trunck and open fire on all oftehme … adam lanzaa got to walk around to his car and shot himself while pokcie on looked , did they shoot the man who killed 22 children n ooooo he was a white boy .. you see how it workds right >>? if your white your given a chance to say who your are or surrender ….. this is pure hate . and whites have no power over us than a gun and a badge .. they know this .. we are being treated like we are in afganistan and they aare the soliders over there they can kill and get away with it . no problem …. they come home most of them with post tramatic stress disorders shouldnt even have a gun cause that is mental health issues too . but they get a gun and act like a losse cannon .. racist kkk , skin head on am ission to kill as many blacks as they can AND THEY DONT CARE BOUT LOOSEING THAT NICKLE AND DIME PAYING COPE JOB .. THEY ARE MADD CAUSE OSME BLACKS MAKE WAYYYY MORE MONEY THAN THEY DO ………. WHILE RISKING THEIR LIFE WHAT OTHER JOBS JOUNG UNCOLLEGED EDUCATED MEN GONNA DO .. THE MEXICANS GOT ALL THE LAWN JOBS AND STREET CLEANING JOBS LOL .. SO THEY KILL UP BLACKS AS A SPORT SAD AND PATHEITIC

    • jpg

      a person with a gun of any type when confronted by police should do what they instruct, this man turned holding the gun the police had no choice but to shoot since they didn’t know what his intent was. What would you do if someone pointed a gun at you. anyway what business did he have walking around store with the gun, that he did not buy?? He was asking for trouble.

      • sugarbutterbean

        WALMART MUST BE RESPONSIBLE .. if you selling a toy gun and no one can bring it to the cash register duhh .. and the couple who claim he was pointing the gun lied . . but still its a toy, so the police should use the small brain cells they have to deteremine what type of gun it is before shooting someone what did he say .. .he said its a toy .. .have you ever heard of a real mass killer saying its toy>? and laughing 😕 if your determining hes crazy then you dont shoot a mentally ill person right ? i bet you the cop was white and why do you whites alway try to rectify a horrible incident . if that man was white his word would have been good enough .. .the cops would have considered their own brothers and family …. in the store with a toy gun . so what color was that gun a BIG OLE PINK AND BLUE WATER GUN . . OR A MEDAL COLOR REAL LOOKING GUN?? you need to know this one fact .>. 1991 A LAW WAS PASSED TO TAKE ALL REAL LOOKING WEAPONS OUT THE STORES THAT CARRY TOYS because so many people were killed at home holding a toy weapon children were shot for haveing a toy gun ..okkkk so police know this they know that there was nothing in walmart to symbolize a real gun .. nothing !~ so how is their actions justified now ????

      • Naye

        Nobody expects the police to walk up on them in Wal-Mart. So if someone yelled behind me put down the gun, and I was holding a toy gun, you better believed I would have TURNED, and given a WTF face, becuase I would NEVER have assumed the police were coming for me. And then I’d be dead. Because Im Black.

  • Larry

    As tragic as this was, I’m not sure that it was raced-based. This seems more like a case of people being freaked out by someone (anyone) carrying a gun in a public. All these stupid carry laws popping up all over the country are making us all a bunch paranoids. I don’t think the people who reported him or the store manager are complicit in the least. But the police took this young man’s life without so much as a confirmation of what they were dealing with. This litany of young black men being killed by police seems to be an epidemic. I’m just not sure that had it been a white guy named Bubba in the same situation if the outcome would’ve been different. We’ve seen some bad outcomes with police on that side of the tracks too.

    • MB

      You don’t think it was race-based? I will give you your opinion and attempt to help you with your confusion.

      Lets say this was a White male. At a minimum, do you think the cops would have given him a chance to explain the toy gun? See Black males get the “shoot first and ask questions later” treatment, but White folks get the “they might have mental issues or be a danger to themselves” treatment.

      Our treatment is due to Racism and White Supremacy.
      Like they say – if you don’t understand what Racism/White Supremacy is…..everything else will only confuse you.

      • sugarbutterbean

        thank you thank you . . this person has no idea how white supremacy works ,, if your white your right .. like you said your a mental patient maybe or your upset or your kidding . .but if your black you get shot down without a though at all … they want to eliminate us whte women love black men that is bringing about a lot of hate with white men .. look how many interacial families have come about since the 80s many and it want stop . .white women are facinated by black men that is why a black man involved with a white women gets the worst justice if zimmerman had a black wife they would have fried him in the chair … in florida .. that is just the way racism and white supremacy works who the hell you think is going into the military white supremist boys raised to hate blacks ..

    • sugarbutterbean

      YES YES YE S YE S . YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD AS I SAID …. IFhe had been whtie the outcome would have been different he would have been examined to see what he has , he would have been cautioned more to drop the gun .. and watched more how many seconds it took them to shoot is gonna be previlent in their investigation the cop should be fired period .. . there is no gun in walmart that look real enough to shoot someone .. as many mass killings in this world by white men . yet they think a black man will risk his life like that , black men are trained young to listen and take the polcie serious but if the just say drop it and your caught off guard cause all your doing is shopping wow .. i would have said the same thing .ITS JUST A TOY CHILL OUT IS WHAT I WOULD HAVE SAID .. IF THAT HAD BEEN A FEMALE WHITE OR WHITE MALE I GUARANTEE YOU IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT . THEY COULD HAVE SHOT HIM IN THE LEG AT THE WORST .. BUT THE TRYED TO KILL HIM . what the hell is gooing on with cops and black men we should not be the most feared of races white men are the ones killing children in school dam

  • MB

    Now is the time for Black people to take this into our own hands. Not with physical violence, but with cold-hearted economic and financial violence. Do not harm a single hair on their heads. Instead annihilate their wallets. If we still have it in us as a people- I propose the following actions when we are killed like dogs in the street:

    1. Pick a major business and announce a boycott within 15 days unless they publicly support the arrest of those officers involved

    2. After 15 days with no public support – institute the boycott nationally(if appropriate) against the business

    3. Do not support any Blacks or their organizations who speak in support of the police or speak against the business boycott.

    In case you are wondering, it does not matter if the business has anything to do with the crime. We need to treat them all as a single group. If we impact their money – they will force the police to chill out.

    • Jesse Logan

      Who will forward this suggestion? Not unless they could or would gain financially could this message get across to you folks. All the great ideas no action.

      • MB

        Thank for telling “us folks” how simple minded we are. It is truly appreciated although not unexpected. What you need to hope for is “us folks” stay level headed and non-violent because we know payback can be a real b%^&*.

  • sugarbutterbean

    I KNOW ITS HARD FOR YOU WHITE BLOGGER TO GRASP THE IDEA OF YOUR OWN SONS BEING SUPREMEIST YOUR DADDYS being racist and your moma loving black men but we are here to stay kill one of us 10 more is born in seconds thats just the way it is so get use to it .. .all these ex military underground supremeist posing as police . getting a badge as quick as you can get a drivers license is pathetic and a national disgrace . the root of this issue is whites believeing they still are the superior race in the world . . their white skin dog like hair and bad body odor makes them as ancient as cleopatra the frist man to be a cave man sure yes ok you can have the cave man theory they stink anyway .. but my point alll jokes aside here is what you must knwo and swollow

    1. 75% of the troops who just got back from afganistan is white young men who went in at 19
    and got out with no jobs no education and the only one will hire them is the police dept
    why cause they know how to use a gun and have no remorse for death , and they went in hating blacks from their kkk supremist teaching in the woods of texas , arkansas , mississippi and georgia so you have to wonder why the trigger happy to kill a black man?
    2. the average mass killer in the usa 99% are young white men between 20-40 years old most are bi polar shizo college students or postal workers type who hate their own race
    3. white supremacy are recruiteing the cops . behind the police dept back , and the sheriffs in the small town expecially . they want the solider cause they are more likely to kill with no remorse AKA TIMOTHY MCVEIGH A KNOW WHITE SUPREMIST SO WHO DO YOU THINK TRAINED HIM?
    4. the war on america is in our streets no in GAZA , AND AFGHANISTAN THAT IS A CAMOFLAUGE TO COVER THE MURDERS GOING ON IN OUR BACKYARDS BY racist cops set out of jail last few years jail to them was afganistan ben lauden hom etc . they were forced to stay there and kill arabs whom to them are sand nigg..ers good practice huh /??
    5. our goverment knows whats going on that is why they dont tough gun laws they want black men to die , wipe out the race if they cant give them a longer jail sentence than they give a white man , sentence them to death by plastic gun , bag of skittles , and pack of cigarette a cookie to if that is in your hand .
    6 . until they start hiring non military post tramatic stress disorder cops with emotional issues and trigger illnesses to be cops .. training them a couple of months and placing them in black neighbor hoods paying htem low wages and then reaping the backlash of it by seeing black men shot and killed for just hold their hands up ? or argueing with them .. most of them had fake power in afghanistan , they could shoot innocent people . they come home and already hate black folks .. this is heaven to them to be able to carry a gun and shoot under unrealistic laws . . . proof is its rare a black cop shoot anyone out of context a black cop dont want no bllood on his hands so he examine a situatio first then move in if needed … white cope shoot first ask quesitions later . what questions the man is dead … they know how to kill cause UNCLE SAM TAUGHT THEM YOU LEAVE NO WITNESSES AND YOU SHOOT TO KILL .. BEN LAUDEN DIDNT STAND A CHANCE . .BLACK PEOPLE ARE TREAT NO LESS THAN BEN LAUDEN NO DAM LESS
    7. please PLEASE PLEASE STOP arguing wit these white people who get on here ranting about some polcie did his job ?? just stop it cause they didnt drop out they black momas womb and labeled a target from birth ,, they never knew how it was to be the target off a whole white supremeist organization .. 3 cops wiere just arrested for being members of the kkk ? in new york recently . that is proof of what im saying the caught 3 but there are WAY MORE SPREADED AROUND THE COUNTRY . GETTING COP JOBS IN DENVER , CALIFORNIA TEXAS, ALABAMA MISSISISSPII. ARKANSAS , OKLAHOMA AND ALL THE CITIES YOU SEE the worst racist killings done .. not alaska , or iowa .. you know the statee KANSAS , MISSOURI .. TOO .. these are where racist white people still migrate .. so if your talking to a white person they couldnt identify a supremeist if he slapped the hell out of them STOP TRYING TO CONVIENCE THEM THEY ARE INDENIAL .. they dont even believe slavery existed in america they dont blelielve their ancestors were that dam dirty .. that lincoln freed the black cause he realized how dirty and evil his race is … WAKE UP WHITES IT OK TO WAKE UP … 500 YEARS OF SLEEPING ON THIS SUBJECT AND UNTIL THEIR DAUGHTER BRINGS A BLACK MAN HOME MOST OF THEM .. have not even sat accross the tabel from a black man .. the young whtie males going to the military isolate form black soldiers even they stay in their groups like vietnam solldier did .. they cant even fight for the same cause next to a black solider .. its so many white solldier going to the military .. that in one room your see one black solider , ,why cause black young men dont want to go fight next to a white man with a gun .. be killed and you know this has ahappen and the miltary covers it up every day … if a white man with a gun can not be trusted in a cop uniform hell why would our sons want to trust them in a military outfit and a big ass gun. and no laws .. friendly fire my ass you know how man soldeirs were killed in afganistan and we never heard about most were black friendly fire … so that is why is hard to recruite young black men they rather go to prison than to the army dam shame . makes since to me . i have a son and i told him not to think about going to the military he is in college now ..
    so basically there you have it STOP ARGUIING WITH THE SO CALLED BIAS NON RACIST WHITES CAUSE THEIR BELIEF IS RACIST IF NOT THEIR IDEAS .. THEY HAVE WHITE SONS DAUGHTER AND SOME OF THEM HAVE COPS IN THEIR FAMILY SO THAT IS REASON TO GET ON THESE BLOGS AND SAY DUMB INSENSITIVE SIHIT .. .ITS NOT THEIR KIDS GETTING KILLED FOR HOLDING A TOY GUN … WHITE COPS KNOW IF THEY SHOOT A WHITE MAN DOWN FOR HOLDING A TOY GUN OR RUNNING FROM THE COPS THEY ASS GONNA LOSE THEIR JOBS PRONTO …. NO QUESTIONS .. but for us they know we have no strong leaders .. we have no unity and we have no laws protecting us from this horrific injustice ..
    and we have to fight harder to be heard there are no LINCOLNS IN THE WHITE HOUSE JUST A WANT A BE LINCOLN .. AND THAT WANT DO ..
    IF OBAMA WANTED TO DO ANYTHING FOR HIS RACE WHITES ARE SHOVEING IT IN HIS FACE NOW WITH ALL THESE RECENT KILLINGS .. HE CAN FIND OUT WHY MEXICANS ARE STOPPED FROM ILLEGALLY COMING TO AMERICA BUT HE CANT FIGHT FOR A CAUSE MARTIN LUTHER KING FOUGHT FOR ? and all you blacks that voted for obama i bet you didnt know uncle sam had him tap dancing and jigga bo ing like a run away slave .. im sorry i like obama but it didnt take me long to see he has no power the republicans got all the power …. so tune out white people let them rant lets do what we gotta do march on congress ,what ever BY AL MEANS NECESSARY .. .AS MALCOLM SAID .. ITS TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP …

  • sugarbutterbean

    JUST AN OBSERVATION THE BABY HE HOLDING LOOKS WHITE YOU THINK HE WAS WITH A WHITE GIRL? AND THE PEOPLE WHO phoned in saw that first before they called in very possible .. cause that dont sound right i smell a fish here . and should they be charged as a hate crime to call in on this man just cause he was spotted with a white women? you know a lot of this is happening .. whie people see a black couple arguing they run to the car and dont call no one but a black man argueing with a white women they acall and say a black man is beating a woman up .. even if he jsut argueing this happens more than you think .

  • Ruth

    On shows like 20/20 and other media outlets, Social Scientists have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt in study after study (esp. the ones that read brain waves and other subliminal data) that people of all ethnic backgrounds, education levels, etc., when shown pictures of males of different ethnicities, will reflect a negative assumptions and attitudes toward the Black males and a positive leaning toward the White males. And most people don’t even know they all have this underlying prejudice and even try to conscientiously over-ride it, but subconsciously it’s always there, and it causes tragedies like this; not to mention all the ‘new Jim Crow’ treatment of Black males all over the country and the world.

  • Atlanta Owner

    A BB gun IS a “real” gun- people actually have died from BB gun wounds (look it up). I would have reported anyone if I saw them walking around a store holding a gun. Why
    would you walk around holding something like that in a store anyway? They told him to turn around and drop it. He didn’t drop it. Next question??

    • Likewaterforchoc

      Even in a store that sells REAL and toy guns? If he were in a clothing store, it would definitely seems out of place, but in a store that sells this merchandise? Not so much.

      • sugarbutterbean

        RIGHT AND THAT IS ONE THING THE COPS SHOULD HAVE QUICKLY CONSIDERED THAT HE MAY BEEN SHOPPING AND PICKED UP A TOY GUN.. WE DO IT ALL THE TIME ..

        • Atlanta Owner

          Wrong. “Toy” guns look like toys and are strapped in cardboard packaging to look like a package with a toy gun in them. Likewise if you guy a BB or pellet gun in the sports area, they wrap it so you do not carry it openly – it’s already been said he just was looking at the thing and walked away from the counter when the sales person was busy – so he was walking around with a gun that LOOKED real, in no packaging, not in a bag, just in his hand.
          I have a BB gun that looks EXACTLY like a “real” hand gun even from 12 inches away. No, you cannot expect cops to do what – walk up to someone and say, “Oh excuse me Sir who’s carrying around a gun in a Walmart, may I take a moment to thoroughly inspect your device to see if it’s a toy or not?”. OH seriously – please people. Grow up.

  • MrUniteUs1
  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    Don’t toy guns “look” like toys? How can anybody mistaking a toy for the real thing? And Wal-Mart sells these? Time to sue Wal-Mart!

    • Likewaterforchoc

      Wal Mart actually sells REAL and toy guns. Which is why is so weird to me that people are defending the cops and the couple’s actions. You are in a store that SELLS this merchandise! BB guns are guns that shoots BB’s instead of bullets and most of them look similar to real guns. But an officer of the law should know the difference!

      • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

        Time to sue Wal-Mart. This sort of thing just creates a dangerous scenario for Black people getting shot. Just saying.

        • WHaleWillie

          GOtsa disagree wit’ ya d’ere bro. AInt jus brothas n’ sistas bein popped off, could happen ta anyone carrying a real lookin’ gun. ‘Sides suin’ WAlMArt aint gonna do nuthin’, blame da damn manufact’r

          F@#k da REal Housewives of BH/SC, JOn & KAte suk my nigga choad, KEvin James – still piss’d at ya fo’ runnnin’ ova CHris Rock. HE be lookin’ down smilin’ at us now!

      • Atlanta Owner

        Are you nuts?? They can’t tell the difference in a fraction of a second! I have a BB Handgun that looks EXACTLY like a real gun even at close range. BB guns are not all plastic toy looking things, and some of them even have compression systems that allow certain pellets to be fired from them that will easily penetrate skin from long distances too. They are NOT toy guns.

  • MrUniteUs1

    My prayers go out to the family and friends of Jeremy Lakes.
    The policemen should be convicted and sentenced to the max.

    • sugarbutterbean

      EXACTLY NO DOUBT BOUT THAT ALL THIS WHITES GETTING ON THESE BLOGS RANTING IS STUPID .. if that was your teenage son what would you want to do to that cop for not doing his job properly.. a man is not like killling a rabbit a life is gone .. he deserve to have his life . .murder is murder , if it was a mistake say it was dont say this man was at fault for walking thru the store with a toy gun not waving it at anyone . or threating anyone

  • soisaid

    just wondering what calling the naacp would do? press charges on the cops to make sure they are accountable for their actions. there’s nothing that can be done about the idiots who called the cops, they are just idiots.

  • MB

    Easy solution – stop shopping at Wal-Mart. If you are upset by this – stop shopping at Wal-Mart, and lets see how long it takes them to step up to the mic with an apology. Go to Target – it won’t kill you. Black People – stop financing your own oppression!!!

  • marvin scott

    It would appear that Walmart should be held to a higher standard in this case. The store had an attractive nuisance, the toy guns on display. The guns should have been in a protective glass case. The race issue and police action are secondary to the failure of Walmart to use due diligence and proper for their customers.

  • Alex Akai

    The worst part about this, is that and a black person you’re not surprised when something like this happens. This is sad as hell, I hate the mentality of Americans towards blacks. We want the same things as everybody else. To be happy, prosper & support our families. Smh damn shame.

  • GoodbyeUSA

    Any injustice to a black person is racist I guess. Or in this case, “clearly racist”. It cannot just be trigger happy cops that would have shot the guy regardless of race. By the way, if it was “clearly racism” then it was also “clearly left wing anti-gun nuts” who called the “anti-gun” cops in the first place.

  • Kame

    I’m pretty sure that if the police ordered me to drop a gun, and I didn’t immediately do it, I’d be shot to death. That is what they’re trained to do.

  • Whiteandproud

    A BB gun is not a toy. The author tries to make it sound like he got shot for carrying a nerf gun. Just a poor attempt to make white people feel misplaced guilt. White people don’t like cops either. They can be dicks to pretty much anyone.

  • dseaton

    I wonder why none of the white patrons that bought this gun ever got the police called on them and then murdered by the police.

  • Titi

    This story doesn’t sound right. But nevertheless, it’s not racism. Blacks are associated with crime, and the police are on edge because a little mistake can lead to their lives being at stake too. This is not an issue of race. This is an issue of why the police operate on the defensive.

  • Grits.N.Jowls

    If black people are so afraid of the cops and think they’re out to get them then they should be openly carrying guns as is the case with the Patriots in Texas. Everybody’s carrying including the cops so everybody’s extra cautious before any shooting starts but blacks seemed to have decided to protest, riot and still get shot. I would suggest buying guns, train with them, become tactically proficient, form militias and police your own communities. This falls within the letter of the law if any of you are interested.

  • Donna

    This is racist, it’s effing stupid, and I hope his family makes the couple and the cops life a living hell!

  • TimGolden

    U.S. Department of Justice,
    Q: how man y men shoot and kill themselves each year at gun ranges?
    Q: how man y men shoot and kill others each year while hunting?
    Q: how man y men shoot and kill kids carrying toy guns each year?
    p.s.
    do your best to(o) Investigate!
    so(w!) THAT you can Educate!
    the public and private
    p.p.s.
    himsa vs ahimsa

  • TimGolden

    G-D’S Two Part Plan for man (nunc)
    part I stop sinning (behave!)(stop being a dumb-he!)
    part II start saving (act!)(start being a smart-he!)
    G-D’S Two Part Plan for man (tunc)
    part I cease to do evil
    part II learn to do well
    p.s.
    ho ho ho
    p.p.s.
    bro(t)her! G-D knows who’s naughty and who’s nice

  • TimGolden

    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) fame nor to(o) fortune
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) power nor to(o) praise
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) booze nor to(o) (Imelda’s silver) shoes
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) pills nor to(o) terrestrial thrills
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) the sun nor to(o) a teeny tiny gun
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) a coveted position nor to(o) a fleeting apparition
    bro(t)her! cling not to(o) spiritual stagnation nor to(o) taking too man y vacations
    p.s.
    bro(t)her! these terrestrial things are your doll’s dolls
    p.p.s.
    Q: bro(t)her! what’s your doll?
    A: “that man!”s skin you (wee spirit) are in
    p.p.p.s.
    bro(t)her! cling to G-D