Just the headline alone conjures up disbelief. Yet, in Minneapolis, a Somali police officer shot and killed an Australian lady and the shock and awe is overwhelming.
We all know that it will end like all the other police shootings where the cop testifies that he feared for his life as the jury will not be able to deliver a unanimous verdict and the police officer will be back on the job immediately thereafter.
Obviously, when a hysterical woman leans up on the police cruiser in a dark back alley with pajamas on, who wouldn’t be afraid? The draw string was probably loose and she went to pull up her pajama bottoms and the cop thought she was reaching for a gun in her waistband. Fearing for his life, he fired off to protect himself and his partner.
Normally, in cases like this we don’t learn the identity of the officer so soon, but this officer is a role model and his hiring was celebrated as one of the new wave of Somalis joining the force in Minneapolis to reflect their large Somali immigrant community, according to the Associated Press. The mayor praises him and called his hiring “a wonderful sign of building trust and community policing at work.”
All those other cops who shot people in the street had to have their identities protected for a much longer period of time because they were not well liked within the department or their communities.
We already know how the story is going to end. We see this script almost once a week across America. The cop obviously feared for his life and stood his ground. That’s what cops are allowed to do and that’s what juries need to hear to set them free.
Why should this case be any different?