Well… That’s what the Washington Examiner’s opinion writer, Eddie Scarry, thinks and wrote his recent opinion piece on Tuesday about, “How to end police shooting deaths of black men: Legalize crime.”
Scarry used the recent incidents of Andrew Brown, 42, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Daunte Wright, 20, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as his arguments alleged crimes and police encounters. Brown and Wright were allegedly using their vehicles to try to flee from a scene while being pursued by local authorities. Both men were later shot and killed by authorities while in pursuit.
“The attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown might as well come out and say that Brown should never have been shot by police because crime ought to be legalized,” says Scarry.
But what about the dozens of other Black men and women that were shot and killed by police officers and/or vigilantes just for simply being who they are… Black, is that a crime as well? Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Michelle Cusseaux, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Michal Brown, and more.
What crimes were they committing to be punished with death? Is it illegal to be Black, and if so, when will it ever be legal?