New York Daily News columnist Shaun King penned a piece complaining that “black victims” killed by police don’t get the same “love” as Justine Diamond, the Minneapolis woman shot by a Somali cop after reporting a possible assault.
“I’ve never seen what I’m seeing in Minnesota at this very moment surrounding the horrific police killing of Justine Damond — an Australian immigrant and yoga instructor who was just weeks away from getting married when she called 911 to report suspicious noises outside of her Minneapolis home,” King wrote. “The police showed up. Justine, in her pajamas, went outside to meet them, but was fatally shot by one of the reporting officers.”
“All of that is textbook police brutality” he wrote, but added that everything about what happened to Diamond “is normal in America – except the demographics.”
“She’s white — a sweet, popular, peaceful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed white woman at that,” he wrote. “The officer who shot her, Mohamed Noor, is from Somalia and a Muslim.”
“Her whiteness,” King said, has “absolutely everything” to do with how the case has been reported.
“Rekia, Jordan, Aiyana, and Akai are automatically out of the running for “most innocent victim” of police brutality because they are black,” he wrote. “They were all outrageously innocent. None of them deserved even a smidgen of police force, but they did not look like Justine Diamond.”