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Video Surfaces Of Unarmed Black Man With A Possible Mental Health Issue Shot To Death By N.J. Trooper, Grand Jury To Review Case

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Maurice Gordon - a 28-year-old unarmed black man - was shot and killed by a white police officer during a routine traffic stop. Now, his family is demanding justice. More inside…

In case you’ve been under all the rocks and wondering why people have been chanting “Black Lives Matter”, here’s exactly why!

Newly released video shows a New Jersey trooper fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop. On May 23rd, 28-year-old Maurice Gordon, of Poughkeepsie, New York, was killed by a white police officer during a traffic stop last month.

Now, video footage from the traffic stop has surfaced. And people have questions.

Check it:

 

You can get a very detailed description of what allegedly happened here. Basically, cops pulled over Maurice for speeding, and afterwards noticed his car was havin issues.  They instructed him to pull off to the side of the road to avoid being hurt, and to wait inside their police vehicle for help.  After over 20 minutes passed, and with Maurice NOT under arrest or detained, he unbuckled his seat belt and tried to leave the car.  An altercation took place.

The police say Maurice tried to steal the police cruiser and tried to reach for his gun, and that's the reason he was shot. After watching the footage, is that what you see?

Earlier that day, Maurice's friend reportedly called 911 with concerns about his friend's mental state.

As expected, his family is devastated, especially his mother. Maurice's mother revealed he was a chemistry student and a driver for UberEats who stayed out of trouble.

A press release from the state’s attorney general’s office stated:

“The shooting remains under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. However, the audio and video recordings are being released pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, the ‘Independent Prosecutor Directive’ which governs use-of-force investigations in New Jersey and requires that such records, if requested, be released to the public once the initial phase of the investigation is substantially complete, generally within 20 days."

“I’m not going to hear his voice anymore,” his mother, Racquel Barrett, said in an interview Saturday, describing the Jamaica native’s accent as he’d call her “mum.” Barrett and her daughter, who both live in England, have been staying in a hotel in Poughkeepsie in the aftermath of Gordon’s death.

“It really hurts. I don’t know if I’m ever going to get over this. And I’m really, really angry and upset with the police here,” she said. “I don’t know how the law works here, but it feels like I’m fighting through a no man’s land. I’m just sitting here in a hotel room, crying.”

 

"Insecure" star Kendrick Sampson shared a piece he wrote about mental health in the black community recently, and explained why those who suffer from mental health issues are even omre likely to be shot or killed by police:

 
 
 
 
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I love this picture.  I’ve been saving it.  For no reason. I feel like we look like we went back to high school... as adults. Listen, I really appreciate @issarae @the_a_prentice and the @insecurehbo writers for going deeper into Nathan’s storyline of his struggle with mental illness.  @kerrywashington for directing the hell out of this story.  It is a personal passion of mine.  # I wrote an OpEd about it (link in stories and highlights) and our work we plan to do @bldpwr to #LiberateMentalHealth Black folks have SO MANY barriers to our mental health.  We live in an anti-Black culture founded on slavery of our ancestors and genocide of indigenous folks.  And the systems that were built on top our trauma, were built to protect the ppl who tortured our ancestors with the intention to target us.  # We cannot truly liberate our mental health without taking on a framework of Abolition of these systems and Reparations for our trauma.  That’s why millions of people around the globe are chanting #DefundthePolice standing with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the @mvmnt4blklives because one of those systems that continues to add to our trauma and prevent us from getting the help we need is the policing system founded on slave catching.  Ppl with mental health issues are 16x more likely to be killed by police.  We need care, not cops. # Let’s continue to work #DefundthePolice and abolish all of these anti-Black colonized systems that target our loved ones. Let’s free up those COINS, OUR COINS, to build the culturally competent, decentralized, trauma informed mental health infrastructure we need in our communities (including therapy, counselors in schools, rehabilitation, alternatives to incarceration, restorative justice and housing and so many things) so that people like Nathan and myself can get the healing we need. So that all the Nathans across America can communicate better and not cause unnecessary stress for our Black women like Issa Dee.  # Love y’all. My Black people. We deserve better.  We can and will build better. Keep fighting. WE ARE WINNING!!!  And keep taking care of yourselves and others.  #InsecureHBO

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We appreciate Kendrick's transparency on this difficult issue.

Thoughts?

Photo: Gordon Family

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