Former NFL player Deacon Turner was murdered in front of his son by police on Sunday, July 10. Turner, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals in the late 1970s, was detained by police in Bakersfield, Calif., after a store clerk called police on teens who were asking adults to purchase beer for them.
Turner was with his 19-year-old son and his 16-year-old friend when police began to question them. After a few moments of talk, Turner walked away, and police began to scuffle with him. According to the police report, Turner hit Deputy Aaron Nadal on the back of the head with a bag holding beer cans. Deputy Wesley Kraft took out his gun and fired twice at Turner who was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived.
Kraft should be investigated by the FBI and charged with murder. Instead of using a baton, mace or stun gun, he shot and killed an unarmed man in front of his son.
Police across America have murdered black men at alarming rates for decades. It’s important that we fight police brutality by forcing our representatives to enact severe laws that will prevent police murders that are unjust. –amir shaw