In a sad commentary on American life, another young black man has been fatally shot by police, this time in Barstow, California. The 26-year-old man was driving friends and family to a local Walmart when the incident happened. Police claim that Diante Yarber accelerated his vehicle toward them prior to the shooting. The man’s family blames the color of his skin for his death at the hands of police.
The San Bernardino county sheriff’s department said officers were responding to a “call of a suspicious vehicle” and attempting a “traffic stop” when Yarber, the driver, “suddenly reversed the vehicle” and hit a patrol car and then allegedly accelerated. Blurry footage from a witness captured the sounds of dozens of rounds fired in rapid succession, with one or more officers firing at the car, not far from bystanders and shoppers in the lot.
The attorney for the deceased’s family insists that Yarber was not armed and that there was no provocation for the shooting.
Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family, said Yarber, who was known by the nickname “Butchie”, was not armed and that the car posed no danger to officers when they began spraying him with bullets.
“They saw a car full of black people sitting in front of a Walmart, and they decided that was suspicious,” said Merritt. “They just began pouring bullets … It’s irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It’s mind-boggling, the use of force.”
As usual with one of these cases, the man killed has all but been labeled an asset to the community by his family who claims that he was regularly harassed by police. They, of course, place the blame for Yarber’s death directly at the feet of law enforcement.
Ruby Hawkins, Yarber’s sister, said local police often harassed her brother and that the officers should face criminal charges for killing him. “They are the biggest criminals. They are bullies with badges … I don’t know how you can fear for your life with a person that is moving away from you.”
At this time, the details of the case are still developing, but one thing is for sure: police usually do not shoot unless they feel threatened. The investigation is ongoing with the officers involved on administrative leave.
NOTE FROM SGT A: It is always important to wait until these investigations are over before passing judgment on a shooting, but I’m going to jump the gun and pass judgment on their marksmanship. I have written about this issue before because it seems so careless and fear induced when the police today make a habit of firing every round in their magazine every time they use their weapon. This nonsense of emptying the weapon every time you fire a shot is just stupid and dangerous to bystanders… Very dangerous to bystanders especially when you consider they rarely land 3% of the shots on target. That’s my two cents, feel free to add yours. LOL