A violent weekend in Jefferson County left five people dead in just over 48 hours, including a 4-year-old boy playing outside who got caught in the crossfire of an argument over a cell phone.
Three people were shot to death Friday: two in a shootout at a Fairfield gas station, and another inside a downtown Birmingham motel. On Sunday afternoon, the little boy was shot in Birmingham’s Ensley community and then, just hours later, a 28-year-old man was killed in the Marks Village public housing community in Gate city.
One sheriff has had enough…
“Across the nation and in our own metro area, too many of our urban communities are challenged with senseless gun violence,” Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper told AL.com Sunday night. “Quite too often our young men of color are pulling a trigger to solve the most basic disagreement where they not only destroy their own lives, but their families and communities.”
“These are not random crimes and at some point, black lives must mean more to black people,” Roper said. “We understand the socio-economic factors that exist, but there is no excuse for this type of recklessness. We should all be saddened and troubled when a 4-year-old loses his life because adults can’t solve a simple issue without resorting to violence.”
The violent riots that broke out in Charlotte after a black police officer shot and killed a black man fall into a line of similar race-related riots that mark President Barack Obama’s legacy.
Under Obama, the number of both white and black Americans who believe race relations are good has declined, and a July Rasmussen poll found 60 percent of Americans think race relations are worse; a growing number of violent riots across the country seem to back up that sentiment.
Here are more than 10 riots that have occurred since Obama took office in 2008.
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