Enough is enough! When are we going to hold each other accountable for our own actions? Every cause has an effect. So, tell me why we, the Black community, overlooked the fact that Korryn Gaines had a loaded shotgun in her arm and her five year old child in the other as the police negotiated with her for hours?! As she streamed the standoff live on Facebook, some of her followers were encouraging her NOT to surrender. WHY?! The police were there for a reason which was to take her into custody because she had a warrant. Korryn’s boyfriend was in the apartment at the time and also had a warrant. He eventually fled the apartment with the child they shared together after pleading with Korryn to leave with him.
On August 1st Korryn was killed by the Baltimore County police. The exchange in gunfire occurred after Korryn stated that she would kill the police if they did not leave.
Being that Korryn provoked the situation by refusing to surrender then threatening to kill the police officers, does she deserve the #SayHerName or #BlackLivesMatter hashtags? Umm, no. I cannot condone her rebellious actions toward the police. If a person is clearly armed and dangerous, aren’t the police supposed to subdue the individual by any means necessary especially if a hostage is involved? No, Korryn did not have her gun to her son‘s head. However, we do know that she put him in harm’s way by sitting him in front or beside her as she defied the police.
The #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName movements were created to bring awareness and change to the fact that Black people are being unjustly killed by police. Although the loss of a life, a mother is tragic, lumping her in with those powerful movements send mixed messages. A message that insinuates that defiance and violence against the police is acceptable. Korryn was so beautiful yet so troubled. May her soul rest in peace. Please do not compare her situation to the resting souls of Jessica Williams, Rekia Boyd and the other Black women that were actually unarmed and unjustly killed by police.