Jeffrey Green, 15, learned a really hard lesson Saturday night. But it is going to take more than police officer shooting a young man to change a culture that has become known for hysterics whenever the Police are called.
According to a CMPD press release Green was not involved in his mother's stabbing, and another man was later charged in the case. Police described the shooting as "a very unfortunate incident."
At the risk of sounding like a bigot what is it about black folks that turns a domestic argument into a shooting? What makes it so hard to remain calm and let the police take care of matters? What is it that turns a break-up into such carnage?
So much so that it takes a near fatal shooting, no less than 2 dozen police officers, fireman, medics and the chief of police to restore order.
I asked some current and former CMPD officers and they all offer basically the same explanation, "its a cultural thing", "just how its been since the marches on Montgomery", "its genetics". It's something that they learn to expect in certain neighborhoods.
About a half dozen times in the past three months crowds have gathered when police were called for various reasons to predominantly black neighborhoods. Sometimes they are genuinely concerned citizens, but just as often they are taunting the police, expressing their frustration or contempt.
Whatever the reason it needs to stop. Taunting police while they are doing their job is not only disrespectful, but it endangers the lives of all involved.
Running down the street screaming you've been stabbed, does absolutely nothing to help the situation and in this case nearly cost a young man his life.
Knocking off the craziness will go a long way to avoid the shooting of another young man like Jeffery Green.
It's been three years since Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark were killed in the line of duty. They were killed responding to a disturbance call at the Timber Ridge apartments.
You can bet CMPD officers think about Shelton and Clark every time they respond to a call where there are a number of people gathered.
Respect this fact. Respect our police officers and stop the hysterics.
CMPD PRESS RELEASE REGARDING THE SHOOTING OF JEFFERY GREEN
October 18, 2010:
Update in Officer involved shooting in the North Division
Homicide Unit Detectives continue to investigate the shooting incident involving Officer Matt Wilson as he responded to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Knife call on Brandie Glen Drive. This is a very unfortunate incident and our thoughts remain with the young man and his family as well as Officer Wilson and his family.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that Officer Wilson was dispatched to an ADW/Knife call and that the suspect was possibly still on scene. When Officer Wilson arrived on scene he located Valinda Streater, the female victim of a stabbing, down the street from the actual location of the stabbing. After a brief initial interview with Ms. Streeter, Officer Wilson walked towards her home, in order to check on her elderly parents who were still inside the house, and to look for a possible suspect. As Officer Wilson walked towards Ms. Streater’s home, his attention was drawn to two subjects, one of which appeared very agitated walking towards him and holding a knife. Unbeknownst to Officer Wilson at the time, this individual was Ms. Streater’s 15 year old son, Jeffery Green. Officer Wilson gave several commands to Mr. Green to drop the knife; he did not drop the knife and continued walking towards Officer Wilson.
Based on statements from Officer Wilson, he feared for his life and fired his service pistol striking Mr. Green who was armed with the knife. Mr. Green immediately ran from the scene and was located a short distance away behind a house. Medic was called for Mr. Green and he was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. During a search of the area, a 12 ½” knife was located in a grassy area immediately adjacent to the scene of the shooting.
Several witnesses have come forward to give statements as it relates to this incident; however, at this time we have yet to interview Mr. Green. We continue to canvass the neighborhood for additional witnesses and request that anyone who has information to add to this investigation call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective B. Ward is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
The officer involved in this incident has been identified as Matthew R. Wilson. He is assigned to the North Division and was hired on January 28, 2008. Officer Wilson has been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure whenever an officer is involved in a shooting. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division will continue to investigate to ensure that all department policies and procedures were followed.