NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry and murder victim Deborah Danner (Photo source: GoFundMe and Facebook/Deborah Danner)

For some, when it comes to murdering Black people, a cop can do no wrong. A prime example includes the recent death of Deborah Danner, who was shot and killed by New York Police Department Sgt. Hugh Barry. Apparently, Barry’s supporters have created a GoFundMe page to keep the cop out of hot water for killing Danner. It all began in October 2016 when Barry responded to a domestic disturbance complaint regarding Danner, 66. Danner was acting erratically at around 6:30 p.m. When Barry arrived, Danner was naked, holding a pair of scissors and making threats in her bedroom. Police convinced her to drop the scissors but then the officers said she picked up a baseball bat and came towards them. That’s when Barry fired his service weapon. According to Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Bronx, “As she attempted to strike the sergeant, he fired two shots from his service revolver, striking her in the torso.”

This week, Barry surrendered on charges of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.  He posted bond and quietly left the courthouse to an awaiting vehicle. Despite his immoral, uncaring and murderous actions a GoFundMe campaign for his aid and defense has now been established and in just two days has raised $22K as part of a total goal of $500K.

Despite his immoral, uncaring and murderous actions, a GoFundMe campaign for his aid and defense has now been established and in just two days has raised $22K as part of a total goal of $500K.

The introduction on the page states in part, “The sad events that resulted in the death of Ms. Danner are tragic. The charges that Sergeant Barry faces are a travesty.  And, now the tragedy of the situation has been compounded by the travesty of charging a fine person with criminal intent.”

According to GoFundMe, the campaign is trending and today received and estimated $5K in just a few hours this morning. Barry is on modified duty pending the outcome of the criminal case. He could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Mo Barnes

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Maurice “Mo” Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.