Activists fuming that police shot an accused murderer who opened fire on police: ‘That was obviously racist’

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SEATTLE, WA – Activists based out of Seattle are reportedly upset over the recent police-involved shooting of a suspect alleged to have shot two women – killing one – and shot at police.

And even after Seattle Police released video of the encounter with the suspect – people online are still proclaiming that this was some sort of murder enacted by police.

According to Seattle Police, the suspect – who some have proclaimed is a man by the name of Greg Taylor –  had shot two female victims within the 2300 block of South Massachusetts Street on the evening of February 9th, with one of the victims later succumbing to their wounds and dying.

The incident began after a 911 call came in at around 9:16 p.m. that evening, with the caller reporting that they’d heard numerous gunshots going off near 24th Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street.

Police say that several other calls were coming in around the same time, describing a man firing a weapon along that same area – with one caller describing the suspect as a male in a dark jacket and pants and wearing a red hat.

By the time officers arrived on the scene, they’d immediately heard gunshots going off.

Eventually the suspect had reportedly started walking towards the responding officers, raising his weapon and firing at police.

Officers at the scene responded with returned gunfire, shooting the suspect. Aid was rendered to the suspect after police returned fire, while other officers on the scene began scanning the area for potential victims.

It was during the search of the area that police had located the two victims shot earlier, who were both inside of a vehicle that was parked in a parking lot located off of 2300 South Massachusetts Street.

Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene, taking over emergency care related to the incident.

The suspect was declared deceased, whereas the two shooting victims were transported to Harborview Medical Center. One of the shooting victims died while in transit to the hospital, as the other was last reported as having suffered live-threatening injuries.

Police later recovered a weapon on the scene said to have been used by the suspect, which appears to be a Springfield Armory .45 ACP handgun.

suspect weapon
Image of suspect’s alleged weapon used – Seattle Police Department

Despite all of the aforementioned, there’s numerous Seattle-based activists online working to organize protests and sew discord, as they believe that this officer-involved shooting wasn’t justifiable.

One of the hot takes shared online regarding the shooting of the suspect is that the situation “was absolutely avoidable” and that somehow the fact that it’s Black History Month is relevant when there’s an active shooter situation:

“Plenty of white and passing people get taken in alive after recklessly firing guns and worse. For a black man to be shot in the chest by police in front of an African American museum, in Black History Month was absolutely avoidable.”

And, of course, the tweet was followed with an infamous ‘say his name’ sentiment.

Protests were planned for the day following the officer-involved shooting of the suspect, referring to police officers as “executioners” with regard to the incident reportedly involving an active shooter the night prior.

It’s a rather telling phenomenon, in that these sorts of protesters would amass together even when a suspect is alleged to have killed one woman, shot another, and then proceeds to open fire on police officers.

And to make matters all the worse, and also being extremely insulting to the actual victims in this case, these protesters even set up a memorial for the man accused of killing one woman and critically injuring another woman.

One could only imagine if a friend or family member to any of the victim’s from the double shooting were to see this going on.

Which, considering the spread of bizarre adoration for a now-deceased alleged murderer, it’s very likely some of them have stumbled upon this sort of rhetoric being spewed.

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In other news related to officer-involved shootings. Phoenix Police released footage back in January of an incident where officers opened fire on a suspect said to have been holding a baby hostage. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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PHOENIX, AZ – Phoenix police released video and 911 audio of an incident when officers shot and killed an armed man holding his baby hostage. The harrowing incident unfolded on January 9.

The incident began at approximately 3:15 p.m. when a hotel manager called 911 reporting a man assaulting a woman. Several other 911 calls received included reports of a man fighting with a woman and reports of a man shooting at people. Another call to 911 came from a woman at the hotel who said the man took her baby:

“My husband just took my baby. He has a gun. He’s loaded. He took the baby. He is trying to kill him. He’s fired. He’s shooting…he’s going to kill people.”

Paul Bolden rips the baby from the mother's arms (Phoenix Police Dept.)
Paul Bolden rips the baby from the mother’s arms (Phoenix Police Dept.)

Surveillance video captured 37-year-old Paul Bolden wrestling a baby from the arms of a woman in the parking lot of the hotel.  The man then ran into traffic on Van Buren Street, and several 911 calls reported he stopped a car and held the driver at gunpoint.

One 911 caller told a dispatcher:

“I’m at the McDonald’s drive-thru and there’s this black man that stopped a white car and he has a gun and has a baby in his arms. He stopped the white car in the street, and he has a baby in his arms, and he has a gun.’

Bolden runs inti traffic carrying the baby and a firearm. (Phoenix Police Dept.)
Bolden runs into traffic carrying the baby and a firearm. (Phoenix Police Dept.)

Officers arrived within one minute of the 911 call and reported they observed Bolden firing his gun while holding the baby.  Body camera video shows officers drawing weapons, and one officer can be heard radioing, “He has a kid hostage right now. He has a gun. One gunshot already.”

The officer can be heard on the video telling Bolden to put the baby down as two other officers arrived. Officers told Bolden to drop his gun, but he refused. One of the arriving officers uses a police vehicle door to steady the aim of his rifle toward Bolden. The officer fired one shot, striking Bolden in the head.

A Phoenix officer fires one round from his rifle striking Bolden (Phoenix Police Dept.)
A Phoenix officer fires one round from his rifle striking Bolden (Phoenix Police Dept.)

The officer later said that he fired because the man had placed his gun to the baby’s head and was also pointing the firearm at other bystanders. A critical incident briefing issued by the Phoenix police said:

“Officers told the suspect to drop the gun and he refused. Two other officers arrived to help. An officer armed with his city-issued rifle shot at the suspect when he saw the suspect point the gun at the baby and others.”

Officers can be seen on video running over to the man, and one officer picks up the baby and runs away from the scene. One officer can be seen taking the child to a police vehicle and consoling him while checking for any injuries. The officer can be heard on video talking to the child to calm him:

“Hi buddy, hey buddy, are you okay?” Hi, bud. I know?”

An officer grabbed the child and carried him to safety (Phoenix Police Dept.)
An officer grabbed the child and carried him to safety (Phoenix Police Dept.)

Bolden was transported to a local hospital where he later died, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

The baby suffered sore ears, but no other injuries. No officers were injured, and some bystanders suffered only minor injuries, according to authorities. Police reported:

“There were no injuries to officers or any serious injuries to community members. The gunfire from Bolden struck nearby businesses.”

Several businesses were damaged by bullets fire by Bolden (Phoenix Police Dept.)
Several businesses were damaged by bullets fired by Bolden (Phoenix Police Dept.)

The officer who fired the shot has been with the Phoenix Police Department for four years. He is assigned to the Mountain View Precinct.

Police have identified the woman who was fighting with Bolden as his girlfriend, and police confirmed the baby was his son.

Police recovered the gun used by Bolten at the scene (Phoenix Police Dept.)
Police recovered the gun used by Bolten at the scene (Phoenix Police Dept.)

The shooting is being reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, as is normal procedure following a fatal police shooting.

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