We need to talk. Your inflammatory anti-police hysteria has gone too far. The July 16 article, “Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie: Black Lives Matter to us, too,” stated that, “Last week in Louisiana, two white police officers killed a Black man named Alton Sterling, while he sold CD’s on the street.” Such a dishonest reporting of the details in that incident is outrageous, making it seem as though Sterling was peacefully selling bootleg CD’s on the street and those police officers just came along and shot him dead.
No, what happened was that a homeless man called 911 to report that Sterling had threatened him with a gun. The police officers went to investigate. He resisted arrest. The two police officers first tried to use their Taser. Sterling just shrugged off the electrical shock. The officers then tried to wrestle him down. While wrestling with him, Sterling tried to pull his handgun to shoot those two police officers. They shot him to save their own lives. So first, they tried to tase him, then they tried to wrestle him down. They were trying to subdue him without shooting him.
But the argument seems to be that police officers are supposed to prove that they are not racist by letting Black criminals kill them. Why are police officers supposed to let criminals kill them? Oh, and since Sterling was a convicted felon, that meant that he couldn’t legally buy or own a gun.
The publishers of Northwest Asian Weekly should be ashamed of themselves for publishing such a dishonest piece of garbage like that and making it seem as though two Baton Rouge police officers killed Sterling for no reason whatsoever. When the news media regularly whips up such inflammatory hysteria that police officers are engaged in a war on Black males, that causes people like the shooters in Dallas, and now Baton Rouge, to murder police officers. You journalists should be ashamed of yourselves.
— Peter Karr