White teen who was killed by a black cop in Alabama mirrors Ferguson

This has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with obeying a police officer. I’ve got news for you… if you charge a cop — even if you are 5’7″ tall and weigh a whopping 135 pounds — even if you are naked as the day you were born — if said cop tells you to stop and you charge him like a deranged rhino, he is going to shoot you. When a cop pulls his gun, he shoots to kill. Not to injure, maim or slow you down… when you pull your gun, it is with the intent to put another down if need be. The officer has a right AND a directive to protect himself. The kid was high on something as strong as PCP. What makes anyone think a billy club, mace or even a taser would have brought him down? White, black or purple with pink poka dots — if you don’t obey the law, the price is going to be severe. And that is the way it should be.

Officer Trevis Austin shot and killed Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old man who was under the influence of drugs. A Mobile County Grand Jury refused to bring charges against Officer Austin, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense.

From the Washington Times:

A two-year-old case involving the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old white man by a black police officer is gaining attention on social media in the wake of this week’s protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs was shot and killed Oct. 6, 2012, by Officer Trevis Austin, who is black, in Mobile, Alabama. Despite public pressure for an indictment, a Mobile County grand jury refused to bring charges against Officer Austin, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense.

The circumstances mirror those of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, a black unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in Ferguson.

A St. Louis County grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict the officer ignited violence and looting in Ferguson and days of protests nationwide against racial injustice.

The discrepancy in the reaction to and coverage of the two grand jury decisions has not been lost on social media, where critics are citing the Collar case to counter those who say Brown was the victim of racism in both law enforcement and judicial system.

On Thursday, the website Conservative Tribune headline trumpeted the case: “Unarmed White Teen Gunned Down by Black Cop … Where’s the Outrage?”

These civil suits where people go after the cop because they don’t like what a Grand Jury says need to stop. They are probative and seek to prove guilt in one form or another regardless of the facts or standing. To persecute a cop for doing his job is just plain wrong. It is one thing if an officer illegally enters or kills someone that is minding their own business and who is within their own rights… it is quite another if that officer is attacked. So, where is the outrage? There should not be any, but if there is, it should be on the side of the law.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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