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Topic: Man kills so-called thieving Blks neighbors
Posted By: Alias_Avi
Subject: Man kills so-called thieving Blks neighbors
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:27am

Man Kills His New Black Neighbors Without Warning Because He Assumed They Were Thieves

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A man had recently purchased some property in Barboursville, West Virginia and was curious to explore it. He invited his brother along to show him around. While out on his newly acquired property, a man who owned property adjacent to it thought they were trying to break into a building he mistakenly thought was on his property and, without warning or confrontation, shot both men dead.

Police say after they arrested Rodney Bruce Black and charged him with two counts of first degree murder he told them he killed the men for breaking and entering a building on his property, which turned out to be on the victim’s property and was rightfully the victim’s to look through.

Police say they are “baffled” as to why Black chose to murder the men without even attempting to contact police or ask them what they were doing. Instead, he grabbed his rifle and calmly shot both of them before they even knew he was there.

“He shot first and then called 911,” Sheriff Tom McComas said. “He said they were breaking into his house but it wasn’t his property.”

The two victims, identified as brothers Garrick and Carl Hopkins, died at the scene.

Making the already senseless crime even more so, Black admitted to police that he didn’t believe there was anything of value in the shed he saw the two victims looking into. Apparently, it was just out of principle that he decided to grab his gun and play judge, jury, and executioner.

After his arrest, police found a large cache of guns and ammo in Black’s house. While the shooter was white and both victims were black, police say they are not looking at race as a motive in the killings. It’s of course difficult to prove what was going on in Black’s head at the time of the killings, and harder still to prove that in court, but this case is part of a larger trend of black people being mistakenly (or in this case, intentionally) shot by white people because they are perceived as threats.

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In a case in Florida, a man who was getting gas next to a car full of black teenagers ended up firing eight shots into their vehicle because he “thought” he saw a shotgun being aimed at him. He killed one of the boys. When police searched the vehicle no guns were found. Despite that, the shooter" rel="nofollow - claimed self-defense in court.

Cases like these highlight what many African Americans already know. It can be dangerous just being black around people who are on edge. It’s for this reason that many black parents have to teach their kids to be extra accommodating in high stress situations. No sudden movements around cops. Be overly friendly. Hands where the officer can see them at all times. It’s often times a matter of life and death.

Again, it’s impossible to say whether this particular shooter was racially biased or simply generally violent. Would he have shot two white men looking into a shed? We will never know.

Hopkins was planning on building a home for he and his wife in the next few weeks. Both victims leave behind children.

Posted By: eanaj5
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:28am
all i read was the title so far.
do i even  want to read this mess and be pissed before bed? Pinch

Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:32am
21st century lynchings continue

Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:32am

Posted By: Up&Out39
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:33am
He knew damn well that wasnt his property. Trynna act all oblivious old lookin, racist ass. ugh

Posted By: Up&Out39
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:35am
Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

While the shooter was white and both victims were black, police say they are not looking at race as a motive in the killings.

Posted By: Midna
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:44am
Sooooo we get black people killed for walking home, black people killed for taking out the trash, black people killed for playing music in their car, black people killed for standing on a porch, black people killed for asking for help, black people killed for running towards a police cop for help after a car accident, and now black people killed for looking into their own home.

But race is neeeeeever a factor in these murders.

Posted By: Blac1Chyna
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:45am
But racism is over they said

Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:52am
they all assume they'll get the zimmermen treatment.

Posted By: iluvmihair
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 2:46am
Something has to change. Unhappy

Posted By: newdiva1
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 5:34am
I'm sorry to say ain't a damn thing gone change.

Posted By: Unique Monique
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 10:08am
Just when I think it cant get any worse.

Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:30pm
I just let out a big ass sigh.  So tired.....

Posted By: OrriannaRose
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:39pm
When we finally get fed up with this...

Posted By: ragincajin
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 1:43pm
Heavy, heavy sigh...

Posted By: sunshine321511
Date Posted: Feb 02 2014 at 6:44pm
So he going to buy a property and assume where the property line ends and just kill supposed intruders.  It is a trip in this country, especially outside of chocolate towns like DC where I live . Living in DC where almost everybody has a steady government is so easy to be out of TOUCH and not realize that racism is REAL... That is crazy. 

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