Another police shooting and the social media outrage it sparked reflect the hysteria running rampant in the country following grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Los Angeles police were responding Friday to an assault with a deadly weapon call when a man reportedly armed with a knife approached them on Hollywood Boulevard, according to KTLA. The man died after being shot multiple times.
An immediate tweet went out that included a photo that was eerily reminiscent of the photo of Brown lying in the street in Ferguson, Mo.
The tweet, which has been retweeted over 28,000 times, was posted from an account belonging to Jordan White, and included this message: “LAPD just murdered an unarmed man right in front of me.”
LAPD just murdered an unarmed man right in front of me. #LAPDpic.twitter.com/8vdvJYrww0
— Jordan White (@jordanwhiteLA) December 6, 2014
White also posted a video on Facebook, with this message: “Police just shot a man in the head 10 times for no reason right in front of me.” It has been viewed over 700,000 times.
And even though the Los Angeles Police would later tweet a photo of the knife the man allegedly possessed, it did not satisfy those eager to condemn police.
#LAPD Ofcrs respond to ADW in progress, Susp armed w/ knife, #OIS occurred, knife recovered. @LAPDHollywood pic.twitter.com/63eWDpYBZj
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) December 6, 2014
From the sublime to the ridiculous, tweets rang out. Some social media users questioned whether the man was really armed, others, including some media outlets, tried to minimize the weapon by describing it as a “pocket knife.” One user, having watched too many Bruce Willis movies, even suggested that the officers could have shot the man in his hand to disarm him.
Here’s a sampling of tweets that offers a glimpse of how pervasive ignorance has become in America:
@LAPDHQ @LAPDHollywood Why did you shoot him several times in the HEAD when he allegedly just had a knife Why not his HAND? Answer that one. — Araneae (@RenagadeGirl) December 6, 2014
@LAPDHQ @LAPDHollywood And there it is @jordanwhiteLA , the knife you didn’t see.
— Andrée (@MissAndree2U) December 6, 2014
@LAPDHQ @LAPDHollywood What?! That is a @SwissArmy pocket knife. My grandma could disarm that.
— Current Occupant™ (@AngeredPopulist) December 6, 2014
@LAPDHQ @LAPDHollywood you killed a man over a pocket knife? #policestate — Jen (@jl_goodman) December 6, 2014
Killed him for a nail file RT @CassandraRules: Really @LAPDHQ? Y’all couldn’t disarm someone with that little thing? pic.twitter.com/0Kcwk2Y5JN — Bartolomeo Rompetoto (@OMusing) December 6, 2014
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