Another Dead Black Teen, Another Questionable Police Officer

An encounter with police in Charleston, South Carolina, has left another black teen dead. Multiple witnesses, all refusing to give their names, told the same story that 19-year-old Denzel “Jaba” Burnell was shot in the back of the head by an officer while Burnell was kneeling with his hands behind his back. According to witnesses, Burnell was unarmed. The police tell a different story:

Police described the case as a “possible suicide,” saying there was no evidence that the officer, Jamal Medlin, fired a weapon. But Curnell’s relatives are asking how the teenager, who was left-handed, could have shot himself in the right side of his head, said Dot Scott, president of the Charleston NAACP branch. “We’ve got to the point where our police department has been able to get by with any story they come up with,” Scott said.

Apparently black kids are bionic now. They just grab guns from cops and then shoot themselves in a blaze of glory. Sure.

Team Blackness also discussed a new study that revealed men would rather electrocute themselves then be alone with their thoughts, new insight on feminism from Fox News, and a Texas city that wants to ban undocumented children, because ‘Murica!

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24 replies
  1. 1
    Elizabelle says:

    This breaks my heart. I have nephews.

    White nephews, yes.

    But no difference. It’s heartbreaking.

  2. 2
    MomSense says:

    I’m going to listen now to the podcast but just reading the story about what happened to Denzel makes me want to smash things.

  3. 3
    efgoldman says:

    Cop will never be charged and will not lose so much as a day’s pay.
    Anybody that thinks the heart of the Confederacy has changed since the early 60s of the civil rights era, is delusional.

    ETA: See also: Mississippi Senatorial runoff, aftermath of.

  4. 4
    Porco Rosso says:

    Maybe this is just a new form of agitated/excited delirium where a young buck’s brain just goes Magneto all of a sudden, drawing the bullet by inexorable force to the base of their skulls.

    An officer is powerless to stop something like this.

  5. 5
    Kropadope says:

    @efgoldman: If it were NYC, he’d be named a hero.

  6. 6
    some guy says:

    00:30 A.M. All told, 82 rockets and mortar shells hit Israel on Wednesday, and 21 rockets were intercepted. The IAF struck 326 targets in the Gaza Strip throughout the day

  7. 7
    efgoldman says:

    @Kropadope:

    If it were NYC he’d be named a hero.

    LA, also too.
    Hey, it’s early times yet. They have to take at least a few days for the “investigation.”

  8. 8
    Porco Rosso says:

    Btw, Elon needs to include shots of his garden and dog (Aloysius?) to improve readership capture here.

  9. 9
    chopper says:

    “He, very sadly, accidentally brutally cut his head off while combing his hair.”

  10. 10
    another Holocene human says:

    @efgoldman: All my life I’ve believed if the north really wanted to they could re-occupy the south and straighten up this shit.

    I have no faith now. Never happen. Wouldn’t work. The evil is pervasive.

    I don’t wish to be alone with my thoughts either.

  11. 11
    another Holocene human says:

    @Porco Rosso: Fruitvale Station

  12. 12
    some guy says:

    Left handed people always commit suicide by cop using their right hand. Duh

  13. 13
    some guy says:

    Hope the people of Ashkelon, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Bersheeba, Kiryat Malachi and surrounding towns enjoy their sleeping arrangements tonight. May every night be so joyful for them as tonight.

  14. 14
    Ramalama says:

    I have difficulty listening to your podcast on my current computer but I’m glad you’re writing this stuff down too. Our country really sickens me sometimes.

  15. 15
    rikyrah says:

    Possible suicide.

    Uh huh.

    Well we know the phrase ‘ shot in the back while resisting arrest’ was invented for Black folk.

    Sounds like another Oscar Grant.

  16. 16
    kc says:

    I believe the cop in this case was black as well. Not that that makes the shooting less questionable.

  17. 17

    @Porco Rosso:

    Btw, Elon needs to include shots of his garden and dog (Aloysius?) to improve readership capture here.

    Do you really want to go down this rabbit hole. You don’t know how ridiculous/sad/awesome/sad those posts would be…

  18. 18
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @rikyrah:

    Prosecuting Counsel Police constable, do you recognize the defendant?

    Constable No. Never seen him before in my life. (superintendent nods) Oh , yes, yes he’s the one. He done it. I’d recognize him anywhere, sorry, super. (the superintendent looks embarrassed)

    Prosecuting Counsel Constable, will you please tell the court in your own words what happened?
    Constable Oh yes! (refers to his notebook) I was proceeding in a northerly direction up Alitalia Street when I saw the deceased (points at Njorl) standing at an upstairs window, baring her bosom at the general public. She then took off her … wait a tick. Wrong story. (refers to his notebook) Ho yes! There were three nuns in a railway compartment and the ticket inspector says to one of them. (the superintendent shakes his head) No, anyway I clearly saw the deceased…

    Clerk Defendant.

    Constable Defendant! Sorry. Sorry, super. I clearly saw the defendant … doing whatever he’s accused of…Red-handed. When kicked… he said: ‘It’s a fair … cop, I done it all … Right… no doubt about… that’. Then, bound as he was to the chair, he assaulted myself and three other constables while bouncing around the cell. The end.

    Link.

    ETA: Communists and Jews were shot while “resisting arrest” in mid-20th century central Europe. the even made a satirical reference to it in Casablanca. Things like that are always a weapon against minorities.

  19. 19
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Elon James White:

    You don’t know how ridiculous/sad/awesome/sad those posts would be…

    People read the stuff Cole posts. BTW, you are still in my doghouse for posting the Iggy Azalea shit the other day.

  20. 20
    someguy says:

    @some guy: Hope the people of Ashkelon, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Bersheeba, Kiryat Malachi and surrounding towns enjoy their sleeping arrangements tonight. May every night be so joyful for them as tonight.

    Nice.

  21. 21

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    People read the stuff Cole posts. BTW, you are still in my doghouse for posting the Iggy Azalea shit the other day.

    Well we wanted to talk about cultural appropriation and what better example could i bring to the table right now than her? ;-)

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Elon James White: You have a point, but sadly the sung refrain by the guest vocalist works as an earworm for me. I will concede that my personal pain is less important than the issue. But I still felt the pain.

  24. 24
    Arclite says:

    Shot while black. It’s always suicide. Because of course it is. The police abuse seriously needs to get under control. Like that baby in a coma from the flash bang the other day. There’s no need for SWAT in 95% of the cases they use it in.

    Ever since Sandy Hook, Raw Story has been posting every gun tragedy they can get their hands on. I applaud them for that. If only the rest of the lamestream media would take that tack, we might get somewhere with gun control.

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