Trevor Noah Sounds Off About Another Black Hero Killed By Police
"The Second Amendment was not made for Black folks," said Noah.
Jemel Roberson, a Black hero shot dead by police, was laid to rest last weekend as was Emantic Bradford Jr., an innocent Black 21-year-old male mistakenly identified as a mass shooter in an Alabama mall and also shot dead by police.
"How does this shit keep happening?" Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," asked after discussing the incident.
"The cops are called into a situation. They see a Black person. And then immediately they shoot."
"When white male mass shooters do die," he added, "it's most often because they shoot themselves."
When it's a Black man, he said the process is too often "shoot now, ask questions later."
"If you're a Black person in America, gun rights are not for you. It's as simple as that," Noah concluded. "It's some bulls**t, but it's true. The Second Amendment was not made for Black folks."
Police in Alabama can't get their stories straight about Bradford, just like they can't get it straight about Roberson.
In 2017, the state of Alabama had a lower Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita ($36,796) than the U.S. average ($53,128.54); and a lower GDP growth rate (1.3 percent) than the U.S. average (2.3 percent).
First, authorities criminalized Bradford and put that out to the media. Then, they retracted their claim several times saying he wasn't the criminal, but brandished a gun, and then that he didn't brandish it but had one.
They didn't call the family until four days after Bradford's death and they still insisted at that point that Bradford brandished a gun:
"We extend sympathy to the family of Emantic J. Bradford of Hueytown, who was shot and killed during Hoover Police efforts to secure the scene in the seconds following the original altercation and shooting," a joint statement from the city and police department said.
"We can say with certainty Mr. Bradford brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene."
Bradford was actually trying to help people to safety when he was shot, said his family's attorney, Ben Crump.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating and there is the officer's body cam footage of the incident that has not been released. Mayor Frank Brocato asked for the public to be patient.
"Show us the video. Your words mean nothing to them," Crump said Monday.
"(The officer) saw a Black man with a gun and he made his determination that he must be a criminal."
After the church vigil on Tuesday to mourn, protesters with a bullhorn marched through Brocato's neighborhood, chanting: "If we don't get no justice, you don't get no sleep." It wasn't clear whether Brocato was at home.
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Willie McCoy was asleep when police surrounded and startled him at a restaurant drive-through. They fired at him within four seconds. More than 20 bullets hit him.
Falling asleep at a Taco Bell drive-through was deadly for a Black rapper in Vallejo, Calif.
Willie Bo McCoy, 20, was not awake when police approached him. At first, police thought about trying to remove the gun in his lap, but when Willie woke up, and police instructed him to put his hands up he put them down instead.
Six Vallejo officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire in about four seconds. Twenty-five bullets hit him, but more were fired.
Ana Alvarez, a substitute teacher, asked the student why he continues to live in the U.S., "if it's so bad here."
"I'm a Christian evangelical, I grew up in the Christian faith, and one of the most clear public policies that you're supposed to engage in as a just society is fairness toward the strangers, immigrants," Barber said.
The NAACP and Rev. Dr. William Barber called out evangelical Christians who back President Donald Trump's family separation policy, and called the policy racist.
"We see this happening," Barber said, "and this attack on children — we know it's brown children, it wouldn't be happening if it wasn't brown children at the southern border — is white supremacy, white nationalism, being implemented in our public policy right in front of our faces."
"I will take your photo and send it to ICE. You don't belong here," said the attacker.
Williams is taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.
Georgia State Sen. Nikema Williams, the first Black woman elected to lead the state's Democratic party, was jailed last year for just standing among protesters at the state Capitol. Williams is now taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.
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"I've got a message for all of the women and girls like mine who have to deal with garbage like this every day: I've got your back," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) gave her first annual address to the state on Tuesday focusing on infrastructure, education and bipartisanship to reach effective solutions. But a local TV station chose to focus more on Whitmer's curves in her dress. It's "a cheap, sexist and indefensible shot at a strong woman in leadership," said State Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes.