The death of a loved one is never easy to deal with, and it is normal for family members to question understand it all.
Though there are times when a situation that leads to a person’s death should not at all be that hard to understand. For instance, would it come as a surprise to anyone if a person who had a history of driving recklessly died in a car accident? Probably not, so why would anyone be surprised that a violent felon was shot by the police?
Frank Nathaniel Clark, 34, died after being shot during a struggle with three officers earlier this week. Clark who goes by the nickname “Scooter Bug” was walking in his neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina when he was approached by officers Charles Barkley, Monte Southerland and Christopher Goss. When they stopped to chat with him Clark reached for a gun in his waistband, which prompted the officers to shoot.
Now the demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest the unjust murder of the long-time violent felon.
ABOUT A DOZEN DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED A LITTLE OVER A MILE FROM FAYETTEVILLE ROAD, NEAR THE MCDOUGALD TERRACE COMMUNITY WHERE CLARK WAS SHOT, TO DURHAM POLICE HEADQUARTERS, VOICING THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DURHAM POLICE OFFICERS AND THE COMMUNITY.
THE DEMONSTRATORS TOOK THEIR CALL FOR JUSTICE TO THE FRONT DOOR OF POLICE HEADQUARTERS BEFORE RETURNING TO THE STREET AND FORMING A CIRCLE IN THE MIDDLE OF CHAPEL HILL STREET, SHUTTING DOWN THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN DUKE STREET AND GREGSON STREET.
“NOT ONLY DO I WANT CHANGE, THE COMMUNITY WANTS CHANGE TOO,” SAID CLARK’S BROTHER, MICHAEL CLARK.
According to witnesses on the street, they said that the situation escalated after Barkley arrived on the scene. Jasmine Lloyd, Clark’s girlfriend said that Barkley has been harassing him for years.
It is astounding that those who are close to Clark are quick to blame the officers but can’t seem to blame the person who had an 18-year criminal record. These problems will end when the black community starts to hold themselves accountable. When they take the initiative to clean up their streets, demand better in their communities and to stop viewing themselves as victims.
That is when the “change” will take place