The first thing I thought when I saw the Black Lives Matter protests in Wethersfield, Connecticut this week was “this doesn’t make any sense”.
I mean, I get that in my state, common sense seems to have moved south. But didn’t anyone point out to protestors that the “victim” wasn’t black… but the officer was?
Why is it that “black lives matter” only when it’s the victim, and never when it’s the police officer? Why don’t black lives matter equally… only when it advances a misinformed narrative?
Let me bring you up to speed.
Anthony Jose Vega Cruz was shot and killed by Wethersfield Police in Connecticut when he allegedly drove his car at one of the officers. Now protesters from around the state are calling for a return to fight the department.
And then need our support.
Cornell Lewis published the following post on Facebook on Wednesday, calling for ‘freedom fighters’ to ‘disrupt the social fabric’ following the shooting.
Local media outlets are stopping just short of praising the teen, talking about how he was such a “good kid”.
Sorry – “good kids” don’t try and run over cops.
Reports into the investigation noted that the officers stopped the car on Saturday after the license plate did not match the vehicle. Cruz and his girlfriend Stephanie were inside.
Anthony “Chulo” Vega’s family and Wethersfield residents are asking for answers about what happened to their loved one. The people deserve answers from police, prosecutors, and town and state elected officials. #JusticeForChulo pic.twitter.com/eXRvCRgE6e
— ACLU of Connecticut (@acluct) April 22, 2019
Believing the car may be stolen, officers pursued the car, attempting to make a traffic stop. Wethersfield Police Chief James Cetran said that there was a collision between the suspect’s vehicle and the cruiser. As one of the officers exited his squad car, Cruz allegedly drove his car at the officer.
At that point, the officer drew and fired his service weapon, striking Cruz in the temple. The passenger was not injured.
Cruz was transported to Hartford Hospital and remained in critical condition for 3 days. He passed away from his injuries on Monday, NBC Connecticut reported.
But now his family is protesting the officer’s actions, saying that it was an excessive use of force against the teen.
Protestors are starting to gather in front of the Wethersfield Police Department demanding answers in response to the officer involved shooting of Anthony Vega Cruz. @FOX61News pic.twitter.com/t490L7OaWp
— Zinnia Maldonado (@ZinniaDee_TV) April 22, 2019
“They got the little strikes they put in the front that pops tires, why not use them, why does it have to be the guns?” Myran Alicia said.
Her statement completely ignores the timing and pace of the incident. Stop sticks are deployed across a roadway during a pursuit, blowing out the tires of a vehicle and bringing it to a stop. They’re not casually tossed out while a car is driving directly at someone.
Even if it were possible to have stopped Cruz by puncturing his tires, (which does not work at slow speeds…) there would have been no time to retrieve the tool from the vehicle. The argument is completely invalid.
Cruz’s brother also spoke out.
“We’re basically looking for justice, you know what I mean, because my little brother got shot in the head,” Anthony Colon said.
Yet again we see family members refuse to condemn the criminal actions of their relatives with the blame laying on the officers involved.
Anthony Colon lights candles at the vigil for his brother Anthony Jose Vega “Chulo” Cruz, 18, who has died.
Cruz had been on life support since Saturday after being shot by a Wethersfield police officer. pic.twitter.com/MvBr0hCMrA
— Ryan Lindsay (@RLindsayReports) April 23, 2019
Other LEOs stepped up to defend the actions made my Wethersfield Police.
“Our officers have to make split second sections and if they do fear for their safety, then they’ll have to take those measures as far as to protect themselves or others,” said Sgt. Dwight Washington.
Protesters have demanded to see surveillance or body-cam footage of the incident. Wethersfield Officers are not currently equipped with body-cams.
The case has been handed over to the State Attorney. Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy weighed in:
“It is my intent to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation. I understand and respect the public’s desire to view any video evidence. I must balance the needs of the investigation with the public’s right to know what happened and I intend to disclose those videos as soon as I can determine that disclosure will not interfere with the investigation.”
Mayor Morrin Bello also released a statement.
“What happened on Saturday was a tragedy that has saddened our small community,” Bello said. “My heart goes out to the Cruz family for the death of their loved one as well as to the officers involved. The investigation has been turned over to the state police for a thorough inquiry. Our police officers put themselves in harm’s way every day. We, elected officials and town staff, owe it to them to allow the investigation to be completed before making additional public comments. After the investigation is concluded and all the facts are known, it will be our job to consider whether there are any measures we can put in place to help avoid similar incidents in the future.”
Cruz’s family said the vehicle simply wasn’t registered, and also claim he was unarmed.
Incorrect. He was armed with thousands of pounds of steel, which was aimed and accelerated at a police officer. The police officer put down that threat. This has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with following the law.
Law and order is quickly dying… and we need to keep reminding our officers that we stand behind them. Because when evil wins, we’ve lost our society.