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Police kill unarmed Black man who was walking to his mother’s home


Photo credit: Greg Gunn’s family

Another Black man has died simply because a police officer thought he looked “suspicious.” According to reports by Montgomery Advertiser, Gregg Gunn, 58, decided to stop by a friend’s home after to work to participate in a weekly card game on Feb. 25.

Gunn left his friend’s home after midnight and began walking to his mother’s home who stayed a few blocks away. Moments before reaching his mother’s front door, a White Montgomery, Alabama, police officer, A.C. Smith, approached Gunn. Apparently, Smith thought that Gunn looked suspicious after reports of several burglaries in the neighborhood. Once Smith confronted Gunn, an argument ensued and Smith decided to pull his weapon. Gunn, who was unarmed, was shot five times and killed, according to witnesses who heard shots. His body dropped in the front yard next to his mother’s home.

Gunn’s family and Black community leaders in Montgomery are calling the incident a case of racial profiling. According to the evidence that has been provided thus far, it appears that Smith profiled Gunn without taking the time to ascertain who he was confronting. In a lot of cases where White officers kill unarmed Black men, the officers often view the Black men as suspects first without seeing the humanity of the person. As a result of only seeing Blacks as suspects, the officer’s first reaction is to use deadly force.

It’s an ongoing issue that is a national problem. A lot of White police officers lack the cultural intelligence to properly patrol Black and other minority neighborhoods. They are too quick to react with violence in situations that can be handled without the end result being death. Last week in Los Angeles, a Black couple was killed by police after falling asleep in their car, which was parked on the side of the road. Again, they were killed because police initially viewed them as suspicious.

Gunn’s brother believes that he would still be alive if he had a White man. But Gunn is now dead and Smith has yet to be arrested. Smith is currently on administrative duties as he awaits the results of an investigation that will be conducted by Alabama’s State Bureau of Investigation.


  1. Nigg_Newton on March 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Why are BLACK MEN so confrontational? Comply and don’t DIE…

    • Armed in the Villa on March 2, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Just as many cases where we comply and still die. The real WHY is how come you blame the victim for his own death? Reevaluate your assumption of innocence on the actual wrong person in this and many other cases like this.

      • Nigg_Newton on March 2, 2016 at 9:04 am

        Prove it…YOU CANNOT LIE. I have not read in any article in the past 12 yrs., where a BLACK MAN was complying and shot.

        Even the BLACK MAN shot in OKLAHOMA tried to run, then got hand-cuffed, then he was accidentally shot.

        • Armed in the Villa on March 2, 2016 at 9:07 am

          Here’s one. The officer was fired by the way. I could link a ton more, but you’re not interested in the truth, you’re interested in perpetuating a culture of hate. If you want to find more, Google is FREEEEE

          • Nigg_Newton on March 2, 2016 at 9:19 am

            Again, this was an ACCIDENT and the BLACK MAN in SOUTH CAROLINA was not KILLED!

            Please show me a person KILLED by the Police!

          • Armed in the Villa on March 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

            Lookup Akai Gurley. Shot while walking in a stairwell. Police didn’t even ask him anything, just started shooting. How about Amadou Diallo? Same thing. Look, there are literally hundreds of cases like this but like I said, you’re not interested in the truth. White folks commit crimes, shoot up churches, run their mouth at the cops all the time yet leave with their lives, yet you want black men to be compliant while our civil liberties are trampled on every day? Kindly go fuck yourself. Consider this your last piece of education. BYE

          • Likewaterforchoc on March 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

            This one is a racist troll who pretends to be black causing upheaval on black sites. It was exposed a on a couple of posts here. One minute it’s “honkey” this, “black women are evil” that, “black men should be killed that”….One minute he is “pro-black” and the next he is a jew. sfmh

          • Nigg_Newton on March 4, 2016 at 10:28 am

            I am a BLACK MAN, just more educated than most Black MEN.

            Sorry, I make no APOLOGIES…that I am not a GHETTO-THUG, but a Refined, educated and rational free thinker!

          • Likewaterforchoc on March 4, 2016 at 11:28 am

            All of this is a LIE or just remains to be seen. No, you are NOT a black man and you are in need of a decent education. You’ve already exposed yourself on this site as a sexually inept loser who WISHES he was a black man (even though you claim to NOT trust them as your post below states). You’re a morbidly obese, trailer park dwelling, e-Thug of the worst sort who spews expletive-laden, sexually suggestive tirades on public forums and cannot form coherent sentences . Just disgusting!

          • Ms. on July 4, 2016 at 8:42 am

            He could be Jewis. That wouldn’t really surprise me given the information I’ve learned about them and their significant role in the media, which is known for disparaging blk people on general..

          • Ms. on July 4, 2016 at 8:40 am

            Blk men need to be compliant and learn to SUBMIT to authority. Blk men are always online complaining about their women not submitting to them but BM need to learn how to submit as well. And stop shooting their mouths off so much. Stop running your mouths, blk men. They even said in this article that this man Gunn and the white officer got into an “argument”. Last time I checked, it took TWO people to argue. Blk men argue too much, talk too much, complain too much.

          • T. R. Johnson on March 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm

            BITCH you are a COMPLETE FOOL. If you can READ go look up Will Scott in South Carolina that was video taped by a bystander. He taped the ENTIRE episode of a GODDAMN POLICEMAN TAKING AIM AT Mr. Scott’s back who was RUNNING AWAY at the time and pulled the trigger SEVEN (7) TO NINE (9) MOTHERFUCKING TIMES. The policeman then picked up the STUN GUN that he had shot and remove from Mr. Scott’s body while he was still STANDING AND PLACED THAT SAID STUN GUN NEXT TO THE FALLEN BODY OF MR. SCOTT! And that’s the IMAGE that EVERY BLACK MAN has sealed in their minds as to what can occur when they run into one of these hateful cops. Since ur too stupid to Google for information follow this link as well!!!

          • T. R. Johnson on March 2, 2016 at 2:34 pm

          • Nigg_Newton on March 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

            You are all going to be UPSET…when these WHITE OFFICERS are not convicted!

            Sorry, you cannot run from the POLICE!

          • Nigg_Newton on March 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

            So running away from the POLICE is not a CRIME? Do you all hear how stupid you sound.

            THE POLICE are to ENFORCE LAWS — with lethal force if necessary.

            NOW try and find out…NOT one of them WHITE POLICE going to be found guilty! None of them!

          • ChoreBoy on March 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm

            Of course running from the police is a crime. It is not, however, reason enough to use deadly force. Do you understand what “rules of engagement” means? Apparently not. Enforcing a law like fleeing from a police officer doesn’t include deadly force. I fucking hate it when an ignorant fuck like you reads an article and acts like they’re some informed professional on the matter. Your lack of additional content in later posts and repeated reiteration of the same points prove that.

            You’re clearly either a racist white dude or a troll. As a white guy myself, I can tell when somebody is pretending they’re black. Or there’s a chance you’re being paid to do this, as I personally know people who just make pro-Republican comments for a living.

            I can’t believe I’m wasting my time writing this. Seriously, WTF is up with your liberal use of caps and your blatant misuse of hyphens and ellipses? Better run and google that, you educated man you! You write like some angry 15-year-old who got his girl taken away by a black dude. Get a life kid.

          • Nigg_Newton on March 6, 2016 at 9:15 pm

            The moment you start to evade arrest you are subject to LETHAL FORCE.

            Learn the law yourself.

          • ChoreBoy on March 6, 2016 at 11:15 pm

            You truly are a troll. The most a police officer can do is shoot you with the taser gun, tackle you, and hold you down. Even getting slapped around a bit is legal. But shooting somebody for running, unless they have a weapon in their hand and just committed a crime, is fucking illegal. As somebody who ran from the police on many occasions, I can assure you this. I was never shot at. The only reason they can is if they believe you are a reasonable threat to the community. The act of running from the police is not a reasonable threat.

          • ChoreBoy on March 6, 2016 at 8:35 pm

            Also, those white officers wont be convicted because of the crooked system we live in. Where every police officer will come to the defense of another and cover of his crime to maintain the police’s reputation. Where a police officer only has to worry about being fired at most for murdering a black citizen. If you really aren’t a troll and can’t see that, you’re willingly ignorant, like someone blindfolding themselves to hide from the truth.

          • Nigg_Newton on March 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm


            I would say just the opposite. If you know the system is stacked against you. Why argue with the POLICE at all. Why not just comply and go home.

            Black MEN are making stupid choices and ending up in body bags.

            Drops MIC…

          • ChoreBoy on March 6, 2016 at 11:29 pm

            Why argue? Because it’s their right to. This isn’t Communist fucking China. The reasons are different case to case, but it’s also not always a matter of complying or not. You’ve obviously never been a victim of police harassment and prejudice. I may not have either, but I’ve known and read about people who have been. Cops can be crooked and prejudiced. Pulling over and searching people at random is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. What we need to do is change the system.

            I’m done arguing with a troll. And if you’re not, you’re a stubborn moron who apparently can’t understand obvious constitutional violations just because it’s never happened to you and people you cherish.

          • Nigg_Newton on March 8, 2016 at 5:59 am

            When you get shot and killed by the police. Don’t try and sue the county. You will lose.

          • Ms. on July 4, 2016 at 8:44 am

            Blk men bring this dread upon themselves .

      • Montely Wilson on March 3, 2016 at 9:24 am

        It’s a troll. A nasty troll!

      • Ms. on July 4, 2016 at 8:36 am

        Blck men engage in a lot of crime. Look at his women! BW are executed & attacked more than any other women in the country and it’s at the hands of BM.

    • Lamar Battle on March 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Why are you so Ignorant?

    • Dianne Dotie on March 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Bitch you sound stupid as hell no one should have to die by hand of a police for no dam reason just because they are black your dumb ass will burn in hell there will be a hell for you to burn in time your hating ass will burn in a lake of fire with all the other hateful ass white rednecks don’t hide behind a picture show your face bitch fuck you

      • Nigg_Newton on March 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm

        LOL…you talking to a Jewish Black MAN.

  2. Rudwaan on March 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

    ‘It’s an ongoing issue that is a national problem. A lot of White police officers lack the cultural intelligence to properly patrol Black and other minority neighborhoods, what lack of cultural intelligence? American police may very well be following an implied agenda to kill Blacks, this has nothing to do with training, not when you see police confronted by whites with guns and other weapons and they spend an inordinate amount of time trying to talk them down, this is plain and simply murder/execution

  3. mrwoods13 on March 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Nigg, non-compliance equals death by gunshot? I thought police training included risk assessment and use of non-leathal weapons when the so called ‘perp’ appears unarmed. Remember the ELDERLY WHITE man was on the ground in the snow on his stomach while trying to show his hands, when he was summarily shot in the back twice by a white female officer. Recently a man who was having a stroke was tased and pepper sprayed because he ‘couldn’t’ comply. I guess it would have been alright to kill him also. The police have an option to wait for backup before taking aggressive action especially when there is no evidence of a crime, just suspicion. Non-compliance is highly subjective based on the individual officer’s interpretation. All I know is too many people are being shot, sometimes killed, over bs like walking home, traffic tickets, sleeping, etc. Now you’ll probably disagree with my take on this problem which is ok, but, try and understand that gunfire is not the answer to everything. Sad part is, with the clamoring for every man ,woman , and child to carry a firearm, it’s only going to get worse.

    • Nigg_Newton on March 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Not in today’s environment. THINGS HAVE CHANGED!

  4. Raccoon on March 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    If he wasn’t doing anything wrong he had no reason to be confrontational. Proactive policing is pro black because the cops won’t resort to lethal force until needed. Homeowners on the other hand will resort to lethal force and ventilate the intruder much quicker.

    • Jason on March 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Everyone has the right to be left alone. Police seem to always use the “there are reports of burglars tonight.” Funny how they never seem to catch burglars but manage to kill UNARMED black people.

      • Raccoon on March 3, 2016 at 4:10 am

        So what if police use “there are reports of burglars tonight” I don’t like burglars in my neighborhood. They take things that don’t belong to them. If someone decides to go category 5 over being asked what they are doing, maybe walking on the street is a bit too stressful for them.

        • Montely Wilson on March 3, 2016 at 9:28 am

          This is not happening in your neighborhood f—ing idiots. Besides, we give zero f—s for what you do and do not like. Your probably on of those #AllLivesMatter idiots.

          • Raccoon on March 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm

            Your eresponse is why more and more people are saying. #blacklivesdon’tmatter

          • Montely Wilson on July 9, 2016 at 5:56 pm

            You’re the moron of the day!

          • Raccoon on July 9, 2016 at 9:26 pm

            Being correct is hardly moronic.

        • guest on March 4, 2016 at 9:19 am

          This is the problem. Law abiding citizens of color are caught in between the two. Of course we want the police to do their jobs and rid our neighborhoods of the thugs but they seem to view everyone that lives in these areas as potential criminals. This creates distrust and people are hesitant to even call the police for help or assist the police in solving crimes. That does not go on in other communities.

    • Likewaterforchoc on March 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      We are living in times where distrust of the police are at an all time high. I believe that black people are on edge and angry as well. So, yes, the climate being what it is right now, he may have been confrontational, but this should not get and unarmed person killed.

      • Raccoon on March 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        Then stop being on edge. If he hadn’t been confrontational he’d be alive since he was for all intents and purposes where he was legally allowed to be. Don’t be confrontational the life you save may be your own.

        • Likewaterforchoc on March 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm

          Actually, there’s no guarantee he’d still be alive, but…..

          • Raccoon on March 3, 2016 at 5:10 pm

            I suppose he could have died of a heart attack. Nonetheless his odds would greatly have increased.

          • Nigg_Newton on March 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

            I trust the POLICE…and I don’t trust BLACK MALES or BLACK FEMALES…sorry.

  5. Raymond on March 3, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I think citizens should start killing random police. I’m so tired of this bulls— and they get away with it. I’m at this point get you before you get me. F–0 all who don’t agree!!!!

  6. cupcake333 on March 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    again a young white man grew up in a home where he had no understanding of black. we been having blk men killed for no reason since slavery day … lincoln didnt free the problem when he freed us, he had no idea what freeing us would get us 400 years later… if your 24 yo and white man you never had black friends or never loved a black human .your gonna lack human compassion… black folks are like cattle you feel no remorse ,,no pain for killing us… some do it to get out of their job ..since most of them feel trapped on a job they hate, , they end upfired but on ..getting paid quietly now …..not all over the news . . .gofundme was bashed for letting cops collect money from akilling … they still do it though . ..
    the state pay hush money to the familie… they then go away never protesting to help out the ones who do want justice… verdict are usually read right before holliday like thankgiving .. grand jury decisions made before holdiday .. to divert attention from the crisis.. we need to continue our effort to march.. ever month a black is killed this man had no gun period . .. .why did this young cop do this> he didnt have to us excesive force on thisman. . if this man was white he would not have been killed this way…. they would have pulled him down with a taser no kill him dead …..
    i feel sorry for black cops they must really feel aame yet angry.. … you never see a black cop shooting no one while running …

  7. hilliard on March 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

    It an all out war on black men.these scared cops should never be on the force if they’re so afraid to do the job.these cops are paid to kill black men.arm yourselves black men!!!

  8. Ms. on April 19, 2016 at 10:12 am

    BM will keep getting killed because they are simply cowards, sad to say. They just take the bullets & fall into the grave blaming black women for all their problems as they fall face down into the caskets.

  9. Ms. on April 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

    When BM get shot by white cops, do they die with their eyes open?

  10. Ms. on July 4, 2016 at 8:35 am

    “Gunn’s brother believes he would still be alive if he had a white man”

    So would the black woman who fell asleep in the car with that black man. She would be alive had her man been white instead of black. She probably wouldn’t have had to sleep in a car on the side of the road to begin with, the whte man would’ve gotten them both a motel or hotel room somewhere and a bed to sleep in like a man with some money and some sense!