WASHINGTON, D.C.– During a Black Lives Matter protest at the nation’s capital, a woman who claims to be an educator, screamed at a line of police officers, warning them that she can no longer “control” her temper.
According to reports, demonstrators gathered in D.C. late on Wednesday, September 2nd to protest the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Deon Kay. According to police, Kay fled from the police and pulled out a gun at them.
As the night went on, angry activists gathered outside the city’s 7th District Police Precinct where officers stood in a line to protect their building from being vandalized. The demonstrators berated the line of officers, with one woman, who identified herself as an educator, continue to scream at the officers.
As she pounded her chest, she yelled:
“I’m a teacher. I’m a teacher. I’m a teacher. I’m celebrating my birthday.”
She continued to yell:
“I’m educating unlike you b*tch. You’re hurting people.”
She yelled at one of the officers, saying that if he had a (expletive) a** son” then she is the one who is educating him. She kept going:
“My two or three-year-old student wondering where their teacher are. Your teacher is in the fucking central cell block bleeding to death from a fucking bitch ass police officer cause he couldn’t control his temper,” she continued. “Now I fucking can’t control mine.”
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) released the body-cam footage of the officer-involved shooting of Kay, which showed him brandishing a weapon. Kay, a Black man, was shot by a D.C. office when he fled from police as authorities were investigating reports of a man with a gun in the area.
The body-cam footage confirms what the police originally said of Kay, that he had a weapon and that he showed that weapon moments before he was shot in the chest. MPD said in a statement:
“During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. In response, an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect.”
Police said that another man was also fleeing responding officers at the same time. The suspect, identified as Marcyelle Smith, 19, of D.C., also had a handgun on him. He, however, did not attempt to point his weapon at police.
MPD is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on 9/2/20 in the 200 block of Orange Street, SE in which an officer shot at 18 year-old Deon Kay after he brandished a firearm at responding officers.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 3, 2020
He was arrested and charged for carrying a pistol without a license. Deonte Brown, 18, of D.C. was also arrested and charged with no permit. Police shared pictures of the handgun Kay had been carrying as well as the gun of one of the other individuals who was arrested.
Fox News reported that in a news conference, D.C. Police Chief Pete Newsham said that Kay had a history with law enforcement and was a confirmed member of a local gang. He said:
“I’m sure Deon Kay fell through multiple safety nets before yesterday afternoon.”
According to authorities, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave per MPD policy. The cause remains under investigation and anyone with any additional information is asked to call the police department at 202-727-9099.
DC police release footage of fatal shooting of 18-year-old Deon Kay https://t.co/TLr7LKnDF8
— Michelle King (@Michell63829055) September 4, 2020
In response to the officer-involved shooting, the local Black Lives Matter chapter called for immediate protests outside of the 7th precinct building. Officers formed a line and used their bicycles to help form a barrier in front of the station.
— Matt Gregory (@MattGregoryNews) September 3, 2020
The next day, protesters resumed demonstrations, except this time it was in front of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s home. Demonstrators were calling for the mayor to fire Chief Newsham and to defund the police. Officers lined up outside of the mayor’s house during the protest as demonstrators continued to chat for change.
Texas teacher issues assignment depicting police as Ku Klux Klan members, slave owners
WYLIE, TX- Law Enforcement Today represents the over 800,000 men and women who serve in our country as police officers.
And quite frankly, we are getting tired of having to continually write stories reporting on yet another attack on police by a liberal institution, or a “woke” company that has joined in on the “slam the police” bandwagon.
The latest incarnation takes us to Wylie, Texas, a community north of Dallas, where a social justice warrior disguised as an educator issued an assignment which compared police officers to slave owners and KKK members.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Wylie Independent School District, or ISD has been slammed after some students were issued an assignment which included a political cartoon depicting police in such a manner.
According to school officials with the district, the assignment was unauthorized.
It featured a cartoon that began with a slave ship officer with his knee on a black man’s neck (shameless George Floyd reference). The cartoon ended with a police officer, also with his knee on a black man’s neck, while the man said, “I can’t breathe.”
The cartoon of course refers to the death of George Floyd, who died in the custody of the Minneapolis police back in May. That incident of course inspired the mindless violence that has been taking place across the country ever since.
According to Wylie ISD spokesperson Ian Halperin, the assignment was given out in a Cooper Junior High social studies class in which students were being instructed about the Bill of Rights.
The cartoon was allegedly intended to teach the students about political satire, Halperin told the Star-Telegram. He indicated that the cartoon was not part of the approved curriculum. The district did not release the teacher’s name.
Halperin told The Texan that the assignment was designed “to allow our students to examine the Bill of Rights and to determine if the rights detailed in the document are still as important or impactful today. The teachers wanted to provide the students with current events to analyze the Bill of Rights.”
The cartoon led to an angry reaction on social media, as well as backlash from parents who felt that the assignment was inappropriate, which led to the assignment being taken down.
“In hindsight, we say that they could have picked a more balanced approach,” Halperin said. “Editorial cartoons have a place in education but try to present a more balanced approach as an educator.”
Halperin refused to provide the teacher’s name.
Halperin told NBC DFW, “We’re going to learn from this and move forward.”
“The material that was used in this particular incident was not material that was approved as part of our curriculum,” said Halperin.
“It’s not something that the district has vetted. It was not from a site that was approved, education site, so it was not something that should’ve been in the hands of students.”
One Wylie resident, Amber Jennings complained that such material should not been disseminated to 13 or 14-year-old students, noting that children shouldn’t be indoctrinated in such a manner.
Jennings has two children who attend school in the district, however not at that particular high school. She said that she has taught her children to respect their elders, and that includes police officers.
She said that it is up to the children to make those decisions themselves when they get older, however those decisions should not be made by having it forced on them.
Jennings also said that she didn’t blame the Wylie ISD, however, puts the blame squarely on the teacher that issued the assignment. She said that the teacher should have focused on instructing on everyday life skills.
The chief of the Wylie Police Department, Anthony Henderson issued a statement in which he said that the police department strives to foster positive relationships with the community, and that this type of assignment undermines and hurts the relationships that have been built between the department and students.
“The last thing we want is for our young people to be scared to talk to us or confide in us,” Henderson said.
The president of Richardson, Texas’ Fraternal Order of Police, Eric Willadsen told NBC DFW that his child attends Wylie ISD, along with the children of about 20 other police officers.
“We’re disgusted with what happened in Minneapolis, but it seems as if this is portraying continuing this false negative,” he said. “Whenever a person, say a teacher, has influence over you and is directing you toward one thought pattern, that’s where we have the issue.”
Initially the school district said that it would allow students to opt out of the assignment, however it was later removed completely.
Willadsen said that it was too little too late.
“Absolutely. You can’t unsee something once it’s been there, once it’s been presented.”
Two other parents also expressed concern about the cartoon’s depiction of police officers.
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Lindsay and Ian Wilkinson are parents of a 2nd grader, with Ian Wilkinson being a deputy with the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department in Oklahoma.
“This makes kids afraid of police officers, and that is not something we need,” Lindsay told The Texan.
“I don’t recall a time when I was this angry or offended. I don’t believe this is a healthy way to address the issue that we are painfully aware of,” said Ian. “We are not, as a profession, in the business of hurting people. We get the call on the worst day of someone’s life. We try to help put people’s lives back together.”
Joe Gamaldi, vice president of the National Fraternal Order of Police took notice of the assignment when it went viral on social media, and he responded by sending a letter to Wylie ISD superintendent David Vinson, referring to the assignment as “abhorrent and disturbing.”
🚨 @JoeGamaldi blasted @WylieISD Superintendent for pushing disturbing material: “I cannot begin to tell you how abhorrent & disturbing this comparison is, but what is more disturbing is that no adult within your school thought better before sending this assignment to children.” pic.twitter.com/zEZC0yPVW8
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) August 20, 2020
Gamaldi noted that police try to create more positive relationships with children and teenagers, however that becomes much more difficult when teachers present such divisive material to students.
The FOP acknowledged via Twitter that the district had issued an apology and would follow up with one to parents as well.
“We are willing to sit down with anyone and have a fact-based conversation about our profession, but divisiveness like your teachers showed does nothing to move that conversation forward,” Gamaldi wrote.
Not all parents were opposed to the cartoon. Kristyn Senters is the parent of an 8th grade boy in the district and said that her son used the cartoon to explain why the right to protest is important. She said that while she understood how people might feel the depiction of police was harsh, she said that people should focus on both people depicted in the cartoon.
“Two people are portrayed. There is also a black man who is a victim on the ground. For me and the reality I live in, it is a harsh and hurtful truth. But that is not everyone’s reality,” she told The Texan.
Senters said she was disappointed the district pulled the cartoon, although not at all surprised. She says that she believes it is a disservice to students.
“I think the social studies teachers should have sent something out beforehand to better prepare parents. Assigning this during the first week of school may have been too shocking,” she said.
For his part, Halperin said that the district was reaching out to police unions, saying that “…we are trying to work with them because we truly do value our police partners.”
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