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  • Bill Mooney Mar 1, 2016
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    Let's wait for the facts but let's remember that Chicago waited 4-years - after mayoral elections - to release the video of officers shooting a man in the back. And to those who argue that the police can shoot someone if they say "stop" and the suspect doesn't listen - that's absurd. Even if the suspect is a known criminal that doesn't make it ok to use deadly force. By those standards, Ammon Bundy and his band of armed wackos should have been shot dead an hour after occupying the Oregon wildlife refuge. Ok, y'all can get back to your Trump-loving racism now.

  • Rose Gruber Mar 1, 2016
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    Again, a criminal running from police when they said STOP!! Again a criminal with warrants out on him and the criminal also violated his probation. My sympathies go out to his mom for the heartbreak her son has caused her!! Obviously she has been through a lot with him over the years. This adult was a criminal and it is ashame he met his demise at such an early age. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  • Lamario Kelly Mar 1, 2016
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    First off, I'm from Raleigh, born and raised so for the ones who want to comment and know nothing, please have several seats. Yes, this young man shouldn't have ran, but I didn't know running means that you have to shoot to kill...if he was a dope boy then you would have seen him again and at the point you could have arrested him, why kill him dead and on top of that shoot him in the back, not much respect for the RPD...black/white/Hispanic it doesn't matter shooting someone in the back is a coward move and this officer should but won't be fired!

  • Steve Clark Mar 1, 2016
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    April - I sincerely respect your position and posting those pictures. I can only imagine how much pressure you must feel to "defend your race." I hope you are a leader in your community, I suspect your opinion isn't welcomed, but needed. As a white person, one thing I feel pretty sure about; the answer to the 'problem in black neighborhoods' won't be found by "white people". I hope and pray things won't blow up tonight in Raleigh. I hope more black leaders start coming forward and recognize that THOUSANDS of black people are being killed every day, and Not by white cops. The crumbling family unit, generational disdain for authority... these are problems that can only be solved from within.

  • Carol Coe Mar 1, 2016
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    Can someone please explain to me why the NAACP keeps screaming about bad guys getting shot and they have yet to interven when the 2 year old was killed,the 13 year old in her bed, the 18 month old doing nothing and the 9 year old girl who lost her eye. Why are they not in an uproar about these shootings

  • Leslie Rossner Mar 1, 2016
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    I am sorry for the loss of the individual and for his family. However, plain and simple, if the police ask you to stop, then stop. It's just that easy.

  • April Williams Mar 1, 2016
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    http://tinyurl.com/zkh4wd5 here's the gang photos his family are covering up, they forgot to mention this while on TV!!

  • Doug Smallen Mar 1, 2016
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    Lots of assumptions already made, who told the mother her son was shot in the back. if not she will look a fool as the other people assuming these rumors.

  • Marty Baker Mar 1, 2016
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    There's a much lower chance of being killed by police if you don't break the law. I know this is a foreign concept to some people.

  • New Holland Mar 1, 2016
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    Police aren't robots, they can read and know what the statistics say about criminals and whether they are black, white , or pink they run when they don't want to face the consequences of their actions and become desperate. Yes, the police could have stopped pursuing this man and said we'll get him later, what would have the story been if he'd have carjacked a car a few blocks over and killed the driver.

  • Ron Coleman Mar 1, 2016
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    The headline is what it is because he was a convicted drug dealer still selling poison to who knows,it could be kids in your family or anyone's family for that matter and was about to be arrested again for it. That is why it says what it says he is not the innocent victim that some are trying to make him out to be. You also say his life was taken for no reason, were you there did you see it all take place I think not so there is no way on gods green earth that you can make a statement like that. If black lives matter so much why are there so many black people shooting and killing other black people. All of this bull needs to stop and as far as race goes there is only one race that is important and that is the human race which we are all a part of and need treat each other as such period.

  • Larry Wiandt Mar 1, 2016
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    Well... then every criminal will know all they ave to do is turn their back to an officer and they won't be pursued. Meaning only the most unfortunate or stupid criminals will be arrested. Maybe the answer is only have enough officers to staff a desk at each station and hope criminals will stop by to turn themselves in.

  • Peter Stevens Mar 1, 2016
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    Well said RaleighMan.

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    Drug dealers should be treated like armed robbers.

  • Peter Stevens Mar 1, 2016
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    Why was he even free and on the streets given his criminal record and reported parole violations?

  • David McCabe Mar 1, 2016
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    "They want to lock you up as a modern-day slave"
    "He's gone. Why? Because of the color of his skin"

    These are the community leaders speaking...This is why your community is messed up people. No accountability, no truth, just excuses why it's not your fault/responsibility. You didn't put yourself where you are today, that was someone else and it was because of racism. This is why that community will always have these same problems, not because of the police or racism...

  • Matt Nickeson Mar 1, 2016
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    You seem to know a lot about a lot of people. I guess that no one else's life's journey can possibly compare to yours. If only we were all so wise. As for live and learn: he had three convictions. That's three time he could have lived and learned. Maybe the officer was in the wrong, maybe not. Why don't we let actual facts come out and the justice system work its course. But I guess that is silly for someone who already has all the answer though isn't it?

  • Dan Wilder Mar 1, 2016
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    One less dope dealer, can't seem to work up too much sympathy. His kids might stand a chance now that he's gone they may not grow up to be dope dealers too. The world is a hard place.

  • Shane Taylor Mar 1, 2016
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    You, my dear, are the smartest, and most intelligent person on here...VERY well said. Stop running, and nothing happens. Good on ya!

  • Chance Loria Mar 1, 2016
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    OK ... So all of his family members were there with him, running and jumping over the fences? As such they were all eye witnesses to the crime? Wow! The news channels really have this messed up. They forgot to tell us that. OR ... Did the family just repeat embellished rumors they were told by other people who also were not eye witnesses?

    So far the only things we know for sure are that he's had several past convictions, he had pending convictions including intent to distribute, in pictures he liked to portray himself as a gang-banger. He was working on a GED, he had young kids, he ran from police (aka evading ... Another charge).

    Just chill until all the facts come out.

  • Ryan Sakrison Mar 1, 2016
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    Wonderful...this again. First off I will say I am sorry that a man lost his life. But when you flee arrest and you already have a record, AND potentially are armed...bad things will happen. To anyone. If he fled under those circumstances and an officer does not stop him, he is a flight risk, could take a hostage, could bounce town, could cause harm to others. Police are not just going to say "ah man he got away...we'll just catch him tomorrow". Nobody is going to buy this as being "prejudiced". Don't use this for political gain or just for a reason to protest. At least wait until the investigation is complete. This can and will happen to ANYBODY that flees the law...doesn't matter what color you are. Don't commit the crime.

  • Brandon White Mar 1, 2016
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    Let's let all the facts become available, before we jump to conclusions either way. But be wary of those who seek political gain from this tragedy.

  • April Williams Mar 1, 2016
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    This picture tells it all, I don't think the family want this to leak out

    http://tinyurl.com/zkh4wd5Share these pictures , as a black person myself im tired of the deception of good black men getting shot....stop running and we would never have this problem

  • April Williams Mar 1, 2016
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    It's funny how they won't share these gang pics of him he goes by Billy OneHunnid on Facebook...please share

  • Bill Stoudenmire Feb 29, 2016
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    Amazing that my post wasn't deleted. The perps body wasn't even cold before all these calls for "justice" started. What's quite evident is that folks are inviting and inciting racial hatred. Folks who weren't there, weren't involved all just "know" what happened. Are there bad cops? Sure. Are there bad people? Sure. Are there white and black bigots? Most assuredly. What should the RPD do? Hang this officer? What would make these protesters happy?? Listening to the news and the people they talked to it was very evident that most had already tried and convicted this officer. There will be a investigation, the facts will be brought out and I have a feeling that the "community" will ignore the facts and write their own narrative. God help this country.

  • Marcia Maloney Feb 29, 2016
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    Being that he was involved with drugs and when you run from the cops no matter what color your bound to get shot don't blame just Raleigh blame your whole state too much racism in the south maybe a lesson learned don't get involved with drugs you end up living a hard life

  • Woodrow Yonts Feb 29, 2016
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    Drugs kill people, more ways than one sister, wake up!

  • David Bunn Feb 29, 2016
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    So you talked to a family member who going to take the side of the perp, and that gives you insight into what happened? Give me a break.

  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Feb 29, 2016
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    Agreed, they shouldn't even be illegal. You're never going to stop them might as well tax and inform and leave jails for real criminals.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 29, 2016
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    In horrible situations like this, tensions run high, and things are said, and taken for fact, when they are not proven. Let's mourn his passing like the adults we claim to be, and try to maintain our integrity until we have the full picture. Some of these posts are out of line, people. We don't know the truth yet.

  • Chance Loria Feb 29, 2016
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    Do you have details that have not been released yet? Just curious. So far it's rumor he was shot in the back. He had gone over 2 fences. Were you following him to see exactly what happened? Do you for a fact he did not pull a gun and fire upon or attempt to fire upon police? I'm going to go out on a limb here to say you know nothing for sure. As such, why are you getting so worked up about something that you don't even fully know about with the exception of the rumors you are hearing? Maybe we should all wait until the facts are released before jumping to conclusions based upon rumor. Everyone's arguments will be more valid once based upon fact in lieu of rumor.

    Peace be with the victim and the officer.

  • Dylan Collins Feb 29, 2016
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    It's not a mantra. It's a reality you've never had to face Bill. You can't point a gun at someone while you're backs turned to then and you're running away by the way. But the young man will never get to tell his side of the story. Only the cop, who will get a couple days leave, will get to tell it. When white men make mistakes they get to live and learn from them. While this young man will never get to live another day. Again my heart goes out to his family. I know what it's like to lose a young son, i can't imagine raising a man to the age of 24 and losing him to something like this. Think about it before you just make him another statistic.

  • Dylan Collins Feb 29, 2016
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    So yall are saying if a person runs away with their back to a cop, that gives them the right to shoot them? The onus is on the police officer to understand their line as a public servant. If someone does not cause a threat to themselves or others there is no reason to kill a human being. What if that was your son? Prejudice is real. Stop trying to pretend it doesn't. They've done hundreds of studies and tests that show police have preconceived biases and react diffently to people of different races. It's proven proven. The bottom line is that young man did not deserve and did not have to die. The officer came at him about a failure to appear in court. This young man will never get his side of the story told and that cop made sure of that. It could of been handled in hundreds of different ways that could have left him alive to see his family the next day. You all say it's so simple. Have you ever been harassed or had your family continually harassed by the cops? I didn't think so.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 29, 2016
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    Rushing to judgment is going to trigger more animosity among us all.
    This young man knew that he had a warrant, he knew that he had priors, so he ran. Bad decision? Obviously. Very sad. On the other hand, he also knew that he had a mother, and he knew he had 2 children. He didn't think about them when he ran. At any point, he could have stopped, in view of witnesses, turned around and given up. He would have been charged with evading arrest, along with the other charges, but he would have been alive. Judgement calls like this are what separates the men from the boys. Those are the facts as I see them, thus far.
    We still don't know the whole story, and like the (horrible) death of Michael Brown, when the facts come out, the story makes more sense.
    We cannot jump to conclusions. We can't make the officer or the young man into an angel /villian until the investigation is done. Remember "Hands up, don't shoot"? That turned out to be very far from the truth, right?

  • Beth Spears Feb 29, 2016
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    Drugs are not a reason to kill. Police are to quick to kill.

  • Brewster Jackson Feb 29, 2016
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    There will not be any violence, unless outside agitators come in. To Sharpton, Jackson, Barber and Obama stay home.

  • Ryan Walsh Feb 29, 2016
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    Unlike Baltimore and all the others, Raleigh has more educated and wealthy people where hopefully people will look at the facts. All I can say is, obey the cops and you won't get beat. Like Chris Rock said...

  • Woodrow Yonts Feb 29, 2016
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    When you play with fire get burned, who doesn't know that? Geez people, do you have to keep touching the stove to know it's hot?

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    " Why is the article titled "drug suspect killed" and not talk about the human"

    Maybe because he was on the street with a gun and ran from the cops?

    "a young man whose life was taken for no reason?"

    If he had no reason to run, then why did he, and also have a gun? OR - was the gun planted by the police in a conspiracy?

    GIVE ME A BREAK!!

    If I am out on the street - with drugs - and a gun - and I run from the cops - I WILL BE SHOT.

    I could be GREEN color - it would not matter.

    YES - we need to let the fact in - yet I find it hard to believe that the law shot this guy down and planted a gun.

    Very hard indeed.

  • David Bunn Feb 29, 2016
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    Stop when the cops say stop. Walk away alive. Pretty simple. If you are not doing anything wrong, don't run. Go home alive. Duh.

  • Dylan Collins Feb 29, 2016
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    This article needs to be taken down. It is completely biased toward the police officer, especially in the headline. Why is the article titled "drug suspect killed" and not talk about the human, a young man whose life was taken for no reason? I know one of his family members and they are in complete grief and shock and this cop is free to live his life after he shot someone in the back. Anyone who murders someone running away in the back should spend the rest of their life in jail. These cops need to know they can't get away with murdering people. They are not executioners. They are to Deescalate the situation and that is it. I will pay any more of my taxes on cops who murder young men and get away with it. That's not accountability or justice. Yea just keep typing away conservatives about how black men are more likely to kill someone. NO, I'm ten times more scared of a cop. That young man was a human with a mother and a family. Im so sorry for your loss. This can't happen agai

  • Lauren Little Feb 29, 2016
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    I feel bad for everyone involved and think we need to calm down and wait to get the facts before passing judgment. One thing I couldn't help but notice: how many people had free time during the middle of the day to be out milling about. Most people would be working. Anyone else notice that?

    I'm definitely not implying that running from the police in itself is justification to be shot, buttttt if he had complied with the officer's lawful commands, we probably wouldn't be having this conversation and he would be in jail tonight and not in the morgue.

  • Marcy Lyn Feb 29, 2016
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    Stop Commiting Crimes, Stop Running from the Police, You don't commit a crime they won't come after you. !!!

    It's that easy.

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    @RB Redmond -

    I'll look at that - though I DID say A BLACK MAN (MALE) - those statistics look far worse.

    The bottom line is not to find fault - it is to search for answers.

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    Not actually accurate.
    FBI Table 43 shows, based on current population percentages, a crime is 4-5 times more likely to have been committed by a black person than a white person...not that any black person is apt to act violently in any given situation.

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    Were that true, many many many more would be dead because there are are hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of law enforcement officers throughout this country.

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    This is your "PROOF" of inequity?

    This is a teenager who made threats on SOCIAL MEDIA - he did not have a gun or run!

    If "black lives matter" then why don't they seem to "matter for blacks" when it comes to fatherless children on the street?

  • RB Redmond Feb 29, 2016
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    "A gun was found 'in close proximity to' the dead man, the chief said."
    Any evidence that gun had been fired?
    Did it have the "runner's" fingerprints on it?

  • Eric Bohlen Feb 29, 2016
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    I fully expect the investigation to uncover what happened. Security cameras, cell phones, body cams, etc make it easier to piece things together. If he had a gun and ran, that immediately puts the cop in a position to open fire if the suspect even flinches to turn on him

  • Steven Reynolds Feb 29, 2016
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    No knows, nor likely will know the real story. The sad story is, two young kids lost their dad. A police officer likely lost his career. If a police officer says stop, that means stop. You may end up going to jail, but you are less likely to be dead.

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