White man jaywalks with gun…guess what happens?

by Denise Oliver VelezFollow for Daily Kos

I saw a white man with a gun.

I heard a policeman saying, “Place the weapon down on the ground, please. … are crossing the street illegally … I need you to put the gun down before I talk to you. … You have committed a crime … you are jaywalking. … I don’t want to shoot you, I’m not here to do that. … Why are you so angry. … Why are you cursing at me?”

Watching the whole incident all I could think of were those dead (unarmed) black men and boys who never had the opportunity to be “talked down,” called “sir,” and were murdered by police.

Or they were leaning on a toy gun in Walmart. Like John Crawford III.

a photo of John Crawford III gunned down in Walmart

John Crawford lll, gunned down by Beavercreek, Ohio police in Walmart, August 5, 2014.

I wanted to find out what happened to this white man who defied police, made obscene gestures at them and who cursed them out.

The man, Joseph Houseman, is a gun rights advocate. He got his 15 minutes (more like 40 or 50) of fame and walked.

In the Department of Public Safety’s decision not to pursue charges, Webster said later that even though Houseman did not have the rifle in a sling and was  “fidgeting” with it, it was not evident that he was “brandishing” it.

This news got covered as a “gun rights” story.From my perspective it’s a “white rights” story.

Does anyone honestly believe a black man, or teen, or boy would have walked away from this alive?

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