Two Stories of Deadly Force

Sometimes the use of deadly force is necessary to quell an imminent threat. Other times an officer must take a more nuanced approach to the situation. Too often we hear of officers jumping to the former. Some people will say the distinction is not that easy. Try watching your people be systematically exterminated, then you might change your mind.

True Story #1

The lawmen opened fire, killing Russell and Williams while shooting a combined total of about 137 rounds.

According to police, an unidentified officer reported a shot fired from a car outside Cuyahoga County Justice Center in downtown Cleveland on Nov. 29. A second officer also reported shots, sparking a high-speed chase that began near police headquarters, according to WEWS. A local news reporter who was participating in a ride-along captured video of the pursuit. ABC Cleveland reported that more than 30 officers were involved in the 25-minute chase, which ended behind a middle school in East Cleveland. There, 13 officers fired 137 rounds into the suspects’ car, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said in a statement. Officer Michael Brelo stated that he “feared for his life” and that is why he fired the amnesiac final 15 rounds from the hood of the victims’ car.

The county coroner’s office reported that Williams was shot 24 times and Russell was shot 23 times.

Upon inspection of the vehicle no guns or weapons could be found.

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams suffered multiple gunshot wounds and were killed.

Identify the criminals.

True Story #2

The lawmen opened fire, killing Barrow and Parker while shooting a combined total of about 130 rounds.

According to statements made by Deputies Ted Hinton and Bob Alcorn:

“Each of us six officers had a shotgun and an automatic rifle and pistols. We opened fire with the automatic rifles. They were emptied before the car got even with us. Then we used shotguns … There was smoke coming from the car, and it looked like it was on fire. After shooting the shotguns, we emptied the pistols at the car, which had passed us and ran into a ditch about 50 yards on down the road. It almost turned over. We kept shooting at the car even after it stopped. We weren’t taking any chances.”

The parish coroner’s office reported that Parker was shot 26 times and Barrow was shot 17 times.

Upon inspection of the vehicle law enforcement discovered a cache of weapons, including stolen automatic rifles, sawed-off semi-automatic shotguns, assorted handguns, and several thousand rounds of ammunition. They also found 15 sets of license plates from numerous states.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow suffered multiple gunshot wounds and were killed.

Identify the criminals.

Two unarmed Black people required the same amount of force as Bonnie and Clyde, two of the most notorious criminals in American history.

It’s time to wake up.


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Dallas Dispatch (05-24-1934)

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