Saturday, March 31, 2012
Another Shooting of a Black Teen
Carlton Pringle who is 17 lays in a Charleston South Carolina hospital behind a locked door that is guarded 24 hours day. Pringle is under arrest for pointing a gun at a Police Officer. Sadly Pringle is not likely to get up out of bed much less try to leave the hospital that saved his life, but Officers are taking no chances.
The week before Pringle was shot five times by a North Charleston Police Officer, he posed for the above photo that was later uploaded to Facebook, with a weapon that police say is similar to the one recovered at the scene of the Officer involved shooting.
Photo Courtesy of North Charleston Police Department
According to the Charleston Post and Courier:
"Pringle’s family has said he is a well-behaved boy who sings in the choir and serves as an usher at their church. Dominique Chisolm, his mother, has never known him to have a firearm, she has said.
Family members were not aware of the picture until Friday.
“I don’t know anything about that,” Chisolm said before referring any further questions to her attorney."
Police say the Pringle was seen running from the area where shots were reported as being fired. When he was chased by a North Charleston Police Officer he turned and pointed a gun and the Officer fired his weapon.
Ed Bryant, president of the North Charleston branch of the NAACP, said it could be an effort to smear Pringle’s name.
Regardless, it doesn’t alter their opposition to the police officer’s decision that day, a decision that has sparked ire among community members.
“Even if he’s on Facebook with a gun, that had absolutely no connection to him being shot by a police officer,” Bryant said. “It just means at some point in time he was seen with a gun. It’s just a picture.”
Cedar's Take: Choir Boy? Seriously? The mentality of the NAACP in the face of hard visual evidence to the contrary is beyond comprehension.
More from the Post and Courier is here.