Rockford BLM protesters demanding justice for Javon Blake
Ever since the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO the Black Lives Matter movement has displayed a rather twisted sense and understanding of what justice means.
To the Black Lives Matter crowd George Zimmerman was a cold-blooded murder who deserves to hang in the public square because he killed an unarmed black youth. Nevermind the fact that Zimmerman only fired his weapon, killing Martin, in self-defense as Martin was in the process of bashing Zimmerman’s skull open on a sidewalk.
For Black Lives Matter officer Darrin Wilson similarly killed a young black man, out of bigoted racism, and in cold blood. But facts are a stubborn thing given that Michael Brown had minutes prior to his death committed a strong-armed robbery of a convenience store and that he attacked officer Wilson inside of his squad car and attempted to take his weapon; the fatal shot that stuck Brown didn’t come as he had his hands up saying, “Don’t Shoot” as his accomplice in crime Dorian Johnson had falsely claimed, but as he was charging officer Wilson to attack him further.
To Black Lives Matter the narrative of racism against blacks and other minorities and police brutality are vastly more important than something as pesky as the truth.
This twisted sense of justice and policing has developed into open calls by Black Lives Matter radicals from Chicago to disarmed, disband, and defund police departments and to replace them with self policing “solutions” by minority communities themselves.
Which I guess means letting gangs and drug dealers do their thing without anyone trying to stop/prevent them, or investigating and prosecuting after the fact given that most crime in the nations big cities is committed by minorities against members of their own community.
Stopping the daily black on black crime in Chicago doesn’t matter to BLM, they’d rather hoot and holler, block interstate traffic, and sometimes riot(Ferguson, Baltimore) whenever a “Person of Color” is killed by a police officer or someone whom they perceive to be “white”.
Which brings me to Rockford’s BLM and their calls for “Justice” for Valencia Fresco, aka Javon Blake, who was shot and killed during an altercation with two Metro Enforcement security guards outside of the Rockford Housing Authorities Auburn Manor housing complex on April 16th of this year on his 34th birthday.
For months Rockford BLM activists have been demanding that Winnebago county States Attorney Joe Bruscato not only indict the two security guards but convict them solely based upon the fact that a black man died.
The two security guards appear to have deployed a taser during their confrontation with Fresco at which point he attempted to flee. The security guards have claimed that Fresco was armed. The Winnebago county corner’s office says that Fresco was drunk at the time of his death.
A month after the shooting Fresco’s family told WIFR:
“My nephew who was executed in the streets of Rockford, Illinois,” said Blake’s aunt Charise Blake. “Left in the street to bleed to death. No one had the common courtesy or decency as a human being. Not just the fact that it was her son, it was somebody’s son. If you want to get answers for the family, go find the names of those officers who did this. They released my nephew’s name, but they refuse to release their names. That’s the kind of justice we want for Javon.”
Instead of letting an investigation play out and allowing police and the States Attorney’s office to go where the evidence led them, Rockford BLM agitators like Star Lasha, insisted that the security guards were guilty of a crime and that they had to be punished.
For months Lasha and others have organized marches and protest around Rockford
demanding that they get their brand of justice, and at their pace.
Earlier this month SA Bruscato announced a grand jury had approved first degree murder charges against the two security guards, Ryan Bruce Mattingly and Alijon Khalil. Bruscato says that the guards punched Fresco in the face and choked him as they attempted to handcuff him. They say that Mattingly was the one who fired the fatal shot(s).
Both guards had initial $1 million bonds lowered to $100,000 and both are out of the Winnebago county jail pending trial.
With the recent indictment against the security guards, and a BLM protest in Rockford last weekend over the police shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge I attempted to talk with Star Lasha about the case, the activism surrounding Mr. Fresco’s death, and some inflammatory comments she’s made on social media; namely a post saying “F*&% da Police” in the days after the shooting of Mr. Fresco.
After initially agreeing to answer my questions, Ms. Lasha. then declined saying, “Take your questions and shove it #Peace.” After she learned I wasn’t interested in just letting her spout off , but instead wanted to probe her understanding of the legal system, and challenged her on some of her Facebook postings as well as some of the positions Black Lives Matter has taken towards police.
Ms. Lasha openly stated that she did not want people who said or think that “All Lives Matter” should attend last weekends protest at Beattie park in downtown Rockford.
Our legal system is not one run by mob rule.
Mr. Mattingly and Khalil are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, in a court of law.
Street agitating for their heads isn’t justice, it is tyranny.
No one truly knows what transpired that April night between the two security guards and Mr. Fresca, that is why we have police investigations, forensics, grand juries, and trials, not summary judgements based singularly on the race of those involved. If the facts show this shooting to be justifiable so be it, if the evidence shows they acted recklessly they will suffer the consequences.
If Black Lives Matter wants justice for victims of crime, have witnesses come forward, let the process work itself out, and I don’t know maybe encourage black teens and young adults to not shoot people, resist arrest, rob people, or fight with cops(or security guards).
Do that and the few hundred cases each year of black men killed during encounters with law enforcement will decline.