A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent allegedly shot Terrence Kellum, a Detroit man, 10 times in front of his family. In the wake of the Baltimore riots, it’s possible that things could escalate in Detroit as well.
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) April 28, 2015
Detroit residents who knew Kellum planned for a protest on April 28, 2015 at 4 p.m. Terrence’s protest supporters met at the intersection of Chicago and Evergreen. This can be seen from a few tweets from Twitter. The following is just a couple of many tweets.
Peace March for the killing of Terrence Kelom by a fugitive task force officer in Detroit. PEACE MARCH. NOT A RIOT. pic.twitter.com/faNOwvbjCQ — Keriiii♋️ (@Kayydolla_) April 28, 2015
If you haven’t read the story, Terrence Kellum allowed police authorities into his home without any forced entry, says Detriot Police Chief James Craig. During the protest, as reports Fox 2 – Detroit, from video footage, the chief states as follows.
“We’re told there was no forced entry into the residence…that they were allowed inside. And I’m also told… umm… that the agent may have been faced with a threat. And it was at that point that he decided to use deadly force.”
Currently, there’s an investigation underway to evaluate whether the agent’s actions were warranted or charge-worthy, as says the reporter. The community is outraged and those who were around say that Kellum was unarmed. At the same time, authorities claim that Terrence charged at them with a hammer, which caused them to use deadly force — 10 rounds.
Detroit residents want justice, as they say there was no reason to fire into Kellum that number of times, whether armed or unarmed — especially not in front of his family. Terrence’s uncle, Larry Watkins, told the news medium that there was nothing in his hand.
“He was reaching for his father when they killed him. That boy did not have anything in his hands. And they just did that… they just straight out executed him. Ten shots!? Come on! That’s execution!”
But as aforementioned, many express that the police’s story seems extremely sketchy.
— George Aumoithe (@gaumwhat) April 28, 2015
Similar to the non-violent protests in Baltimore, mass media is nowhere to be found. They didn’t come to Baltimore until after things became violent. Even during the violence, peaceful protests were still happening, but mass media covered only the violence. Will it be the same for Detroit?
right. so the media covers the property damage but not the unarmed 19 year old shot 10 times and killed in his own home.. #TerrenceKellum
— (❁˘◡˘❁) (@littleplantgirl) April 29, 2015
Back-to-back coverage on looting but none on Terrence Kellum? Shot 10 times by the police in his home & murdered in front of his family.
— Ee-zai (@y_sizzle) April 29, 2015
— Nawal ☪ (@queenaww) April 28, 2015
God it hurts my heart to live in a generation where these police are killing us left and right. — Dani (@__colormeBLACK) April 28, 2015
Like Baltimore, Detroit has a history of blatant police brutality. And also like Baltimore protesters, people are tired of it. These Detroit protesters are, now, marching the streets chanting, “F*** the police!” It can be seen in this video. As can be seen from the tweets below, Detroit Police are threatening to arrest peaceful protesters, same as Baltimore City Police did prior to the riots.
Also similar to Baltimore’s rioters, many of them seem to be young teens to young adults, as Kellum as only 20, himself. However, there are no Detroit riots. These are people from the neighborhood and local area, unlike those in Baltimore who came from other places as well.
What are your thoughts on the Terrence Kellum shooting? What makes an officer or agent fire into someone 10 times when the victim doesn’t have a gun?
Detroiters marching now: Terrence Kellum killed by I.C.E, agents & police. Shutting Chicago east of Evergreen. ICE?!! pic.twitter.com/YKzTVphnTT
— Lare_Ron (@Lare_Ron) April 28, 2015
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, below.
[Photo Credits: Twitter]