By now I am sure that you have heard of the woman shot by police in Minneapolis. The tragedy is drawing national attention because, let’s face it, the race of the officer and the victim is reversed from the more common narrative AND the fact that the victim is a woman only adds to the optics.
You would have to be in a coma not to be aware of the conversation regarding the shooting of black men by police forces across America. The narrative is that cops are killing black men indiscriminately and “getting away” with it. Most recently is the case regarding Philando Castile, in the Minneapolis-metro area, and the cop that shot him.
In the case involving this young woman, I’ll take the stance that I’ve taken with other such cases. Wait until the investigation is concluded. And, as in other cases, I have questions. Such as:
- Why would Ms. Ruszczyk walk over 100 yards to speak to officers, with their lights off and dark, if she suspected a violent crime was being committed?
- Why would Ms. Ruszcyzk, after having called 911 twice, not change into clothes? She was wearing her pajamas.
- Why would the cop in the passenger seat have his weapon drawn INSIDE the car?
- Why would she have taken her fiance’s name before they were married?
- Why would a 22 year old man refer to his father’s soon to be wife as ‘my mom’?
- Why would you, given that the cops are investigating a violent crime, allow yourself to approach a police vehicle by surprise?
- Why, after ALL of this time, were the body cams not turned on?
The whole thing doesn’t make sense to me. Which, I suppose, is not surprising when things go so wrong so fast.
In the end, as always, I hope that justice is done here. The tragedy that is the death of this young woman is horrible enough. To wrongfully convict, if indeed not guilty, or to allow to walk, if indeed guilty, would only compound that tragedy.