Last September a black police officer shot and killed an armed black man named Keith Scott in Charlotte, NC. Because this justified police shooting was seen as an act of racial hatred and murder, the black residents rioted, looted, and burned the city to the ground. Two weeks ago Charlotte PD shot and killed another armed man, but there has been no similar outrage and so far the Walmart hasn’t been picked clean in the name of justice. Maybe Charlotte is just all rioted out or perhaps it’s because of selective outrage due to the man being white.
WBTV reports that police killed 25-year-old Ukrainian immigrant Iaroslav Mosiiuk, who was armed with a “rifle gun.” I’m not kidding, that is how his weapon was described by the news.
Things started off when a woman believed to be a relative of Mosiiuk’s called 911 on March 8 to report he was going crazy.
“I think he’s having a mental breakdown…He’s screaming he doesn’t want to to live,” the woman told 911.
The woman also said that Mosiiuk was trying to get a hold of her boyfriend’s gun and that she and he had disassemble the weapon and hid the parts. She stated that Mosiiuk was trying to find the gun parts.
“He grabbed the rifle under the bed and he tried to load the magazine. The main part, like, part to it, is hidden. We take it apart, like, hide it,” said the woman.
Police received a call about a possibly suicidal white male. When they arrived at the residence, they encountered Musiiuk outside. After a brief pursuit, one police officer, identified as Brian Walsh, fired a single shot at the Ukrainian immigrant. He collapsed in the fetal position in a driveway.
“I pulled the trigger. I put the shot out. It was me,” said Officer Walsh on a police recording.
The police say that officer Walsh perceived an “imminent threat” from the gun-wielding Musiiuk and that’s why he fired. Musiiuk died from his injury. A “rifle gun” was recovered from the scene though it is unclear if it was complete and capable of firing.
I’m one of those people who believes when someone threatens a police officer with a weapon that the inevitable shooting is justified, but they feel differently in Charlotte. The city erupted in chaos when a black cop shot a black man who was brandishing a gun. The news doesn’t identify the race of the officer in the Musiiuk shooting, but it’s possible he is white. Why isn’t a white cop shooting an armed white man as “outrageous” as a black cop shooting an armed black man?
Seriously, it’s been two weeks since Iaroslav Mosiiuk was killed. I haven’t heard anything about riots, looting, or arson. I haven’t seen mobs of people blocking the highway and attacking innocent motorists. There hasn’t been one news story about “justice seekers” beating up or shooting people because of the color of their skin as a natural reaction to heavy-handed police.
Obviously we still have a long way to go with race relations when white people killed in justifiable police shootings are not deemed riot-worthy. Either that or Black Lives Matter and guilty white liberals are just completely full of shit.