Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Don’t shoot me, bro!

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Gainesville Police department is just getting better and better when it comes to handling issues with students. On Tuesday, a doctorate student named Kofi Adu-Brempong was shot while swinging a metal rod at police. The student they shot was a professor as well, and he is now in critical condition. Kofi is a native of Ghana and he teaches Geography. We all know that anyone is capable of anything, but at the same token, it’s kind of farfetched to think that a doctorate student would try and kill a police officer. The police are supposed to PROTECT and serve, but where was the protection in this case? Kofi was having a nervous breakdown in his apartment when some of his neighbors called the police on him. When the police arrived, he barricaded himself in his apartment (since it’s not illegal to have a nervous breakdown in your own house), and refused to be taken to jail. The police forced their way into his house, and he armed himself with a metal rod. After they entered, he swung the metal rod, and they shot at him twice, and one shot hit Kofi. Maybe the officer who fired the shots left his billyclub, and pepper spray at home that day? We all know that police shouldn’t shoot unarmed civilians, so why did they do it in this case? I think that this kind of matter is going to get swept under the rug, and the officers will barely get a slap on the wrist. When Andrew Meyer was tased by the police, there were riots, protests, and all kinds of action taken. This man was shot inside his own home, holding nothing but a metal rod, where is the justice?

Report: Police shot UF student as he swung metal rod

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Written by rphilp88

March 7, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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  1. I agree. Where is the justice in this case? When I first read about it, I was very confused as to why the GPD needed to enter his apartment anyway. If he is having a breakdown in his OWN place where no one is at risk why the need to call the police? Why would he need to be taken to jail? And most importantly why did the police feel the need to use a gun to diffuse the situation? I seriously doubt that the student had the intention of hurting the police officers especially since they were armed. It is unfortunate that this will probably be chumped up as “the police doing their jobs” but what kind of effect is this going to have on the student and his views toward the police? Im sure there will be quite a bit of distrust towards them.

    deanna15

    March 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

  2. I was outraged by this incident…. this was completely horrible. It’s up to us as students to show how enraged we are by this stupid act of violence. We need to protest GPD.

    medusmango

    March 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  3. I did not know what really happened, I was giving the police the benefit of the doubt but now I am just simply appalled. I am pretty sure that the situation would have played out if it was a student was white. And my question is with the metal rod in his hand was the officer afraid he was going to be harmed if he does not shoot the student. I thought that is the reason they have tasers. If cops were to shoot down every student that has a meltdown, then our school population would decrease drastically.

    emefad

    March 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm


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