On February 25, 2017, three police officers from the small city of Rocklin, CA shot and killed a man in an absolutely justified shooting. The district attorney just officially confirmed the same when they announced that no charges will be filed on the officers because the shooting was justified. And that is where the story should end.
BUT the anti-cop media and Black Lies Matter will not let it go as they seem to be contending that the cops shot Lorenzo Cruz for no reason, and then are covering it up. After all, look at the poor young man in the tuxedo, he would not do anything wrong… (seriously, I searched via google and the ONLY pictures I can find of Lorenzo Cruz are this one, in the tux)
“Rocklin police officers who shot and killed a man after a February confrontation have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
The Placer County District’s Attorney’s office announced their decision not to pursue any charges against the officers Thursday.
However, the matter is far from resolved, according to activists who showed up at the Rocklin Police Department with a list of demands.”
Those are the first three lines from that story about the outcome of the shooting. To those who have been following this shooting, this was the expected outcome because it was a textbook case of a justified shooting. However, to the media and their favorite trouble makers, Black Lives Matter (henceforth referred to as Black Lies Matter), it is far from over.
”‘He’s a compassionate person, he’s never stolen anything, never been in trouble with the law, it doesn’t make since that he’d go from not doing anything wrong to breaking into someone’s house at 10 in the morning,’ said Faison.”
Let’s just take a quick look at that pile of horse shit being shoveled by Faison, the Black Lies Matter representative. I will refute her statement with information that has long been available to the public, via the media, and none of it has been denied.
“Police first encountered Cruz when they attempted to stop his vehicle for expired registration, according to the District Attorney’s letter. Cruz drove off at high speed. (Expired Registration – I, Evading Police – M/F) Officers determined a pursuit would cause too much risk to motorists and other people in the area, but they obtained a description of the vehicle and the license plate number.” –Sacramento Bee
Having personal knowledge of Rocklin PD’s pursuit policy, it would have been a clear violation of their policy to pursue Cruz in this situation. That said, it can very well be argued that had they pursued him and apprehended him, NONE of the things that occurred later in the day, culminating in Cruz being shot, may not have ever occurred. I would argue that the very restrictive pursuit policies, like Rocklin’s, those very policies that are pushed by liberal, anti-cop politicians, are the very reason more people are victims of crime, like the people who were victimized by Cruz later that day.
Continuing on with Cruz’s crime spree that day…
“Police later received a 911 call from a resident reporting that the same man was behaving in a bizarre manner and had rammed his vehicle into a gate in a residential neighborhood. (Felony Vandalism – F, Hit & Run crash – M) Witnesses reported that they were confronted by the man, and described him as angry and aggressive.
One witness reported that Cruz first attempted to enter his home through a sliding glass door, then broke a glass laundry room door and entered the home. Cruz reportedly retreated when the homeowner confronted him with a weapon. (Burglary – F)
Cruz then got into a neighbor’s vehicle and attempted to flee (Attempted Vehicle Theft – F), but was confronted by the three Rocklin police officers.”
Thus far, at a minimum we have documented one infraction, two misdemeanors (one which could possibly have been a felony), and three felonies. But yeah, I can see how if I was a Black Lies Matter person, that could totally be seen as “not doing anything wrong.” But hey, we aren’t done yet.
“When officers located Cruz and ordered him to surrender, he failed to comply and officers saw he had what appeared to be a firearm. Cruz was shot when he pointed the weapon at one of the officers. (Brandishing a Weapon – M)
Police later determined that the gun was a replica firearm that had been painted silver to look like a real gun, according to police.”
So, we can add two more crimes, a misdemeanor for brandishing a weapon and one which resulted in his being shot, felony stupid (the act of doing something so stupid it gets you killed – not a real crime).
Now that the DA has made their announcement, Black Lies Matter stepped in and presented a list of utterly moronic demands. Personally, I am sick and tired of these juvenile, petulant idiots who completely ignore the culpability a person has in their own demise in order to put ALL the fault on the cops.
“Thursday, Black Lives Matter presented a list of demands to the Rocklin Police Department including: release of the police report and all video of the incident, charges brought against the officers involved, a community investigation, monetary compensation for Cruz’s family, and an apology from city officials.”
The proper response to those requests is “pound sand,” but in the politically correct world in which we live, where elected officials more often than not bend to the will of those who scream the loudest, I suspect we will see some capitulation.
Look, I feel for the family and friends of Cruz. Sometimes we really don’t know the people we think we know. I’ve been in those shoes. A man I spent months working with, in the same car, a man I’d known 20 years, a man I called a friend, was arrested on very serious charges. I get being upset, I get being blindsided. I get being confused and angry. I really do.
BUT, don’t blame the cops; blame the person who did the acts, blame the person who deceived you.
In the case of Cruz, friends, family and Black Lies Matter would have you believe that not only are the rotten, evil police lying to cover up their shooting of “another innocent POC” (person of color), but the cops also successfully convinced numerous private citizens to aid them by manufacturing all the incidents that lead up to Cruz’s shooting. Oh yeah, the cops also apparently mastered time travel and successfully went back in time to create the original failed contact / pursuit in an attempt to bolster their story.
Seriously, what version of this makes more sense? That friends and family of Cruz either did not know about his criminal behavior, or that they are ignoring it OR that the cops shot Cruz and are covering it up?
It is long past time for the public to start demanding honesty from our “news” sources. They have all turned into tabloids, running whatever story will get the most traffic. They push known lies for the sake of the story and they give a voice to people who are blatantly lying because doing so makes them money. None of that is acceptable.