"Black Lives Matter" has been a popular hashtag and chant at the protests that have erupted following the news that there would be no indictment for the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO or for the officers involved in the death of Eric Garner in New York City. Both men were unarmed when they were killed by police officers. Both men's deaths resulted in outrage from people like Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, and even President Obama. Since these leaders and their followers suggest that these deaths were all race based, merely because the men were unarmed when they were killed, then following this logic all unarmed people killed by police officers are hate crimes. So, where is the outrage from Sharpton in the death of Robert Earl Lawrence? Have you not heard of Lawrence?

At the end of 2014 an unarmed man by the name of Robert Earl Lawrence in Dothan, AL was fatally shot by police officers when he tried to turn a cat into an animal shelter without the required identification. When Lawrence refused to show I.D. and the shelter would not accept the animal, he became irate, and the police had to be called in. When police arrived Lawrence became even more upset causing the officers to try and place Lawrence under arrest. He then fought the officers. It was then that Lawrence was shot and killed by police officers.

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Robert Earl Lawrence

Why hasn't Sharpton jumped all over this story? Because Lawrence was white. Unlike Garner or Brown, Lawrence had not robbed a convenience store nor was he illegally selling cigarettes. Instead, all Lawrence wanted to do was turn in a stray cat to the animal shelter. But, just like in the Michael Brown case, Lawrence fought police which resulted in his death. But, Al Sharpton hasn't blamed Michael Brown's behavior for his death, instead he's blamed the officer for shooting him. So, what isn't Al Sharpton also upset about the killing of Robert Earl Lawrence? Because it doesn't fit his narrative.

Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, and President Obama thrive on the racist narrative. They get money from racism, they get power from perceived racism. So, unless the color of someone's skin doesn't fit into their narrative, they won't be planning any protests in support of the victim, even if it was actual police brutality.

 

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