(OPINION) — Tyrone Harris Jr., who is in critical condition after being shot by police in Ferguson, was charged with four counts of assault on police and other charges. He is being held on $250,000 cash bond.
Harris, who lives in Northwoods, was also charged with five counts of armed criminal action and shooting at or from a motor vehicle.
Police say Harris fired at least one shot into an officer’s vehicle and that officer returned fire, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The teen, who is a “real close” friend of Michael Brown, was chased by other police officers. Police recovered a 9mm Sig Sauer semiautomatic pistol next to Harris’ body.
To all the people taking to Twitter and blaming the police for shooting yet another black male, should look at the history of this young man and realize he was heading for trouble. Get the facts first before you call the police “pigs” and other ugly comments for doing their jobs.
Tyrone Harris Jr. has a pending court date on charges of “stealing a motor vehicle in St. Louis, theft of a firearm and resisting arrest,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. His trial was scheduled to start on Aug. 31 in St. Louis Circuit Court.
So, it’s interesting that Tyrone Harris Sr. could say that there’s more to the story than is being told and he didn’t think his son shot at the police. Look at his history.
I would urge the Black Lives Matter movement not to defeat its cause by marching in Tyrone Harris Jr.’s name. If the allegations against him are true, he engaged in criminal behavior and was a threat to the lives of not only the police officers, but law-abiding and decent protesters. We can’t keep calling every case in which the police shoot a black suspect a case of police brutality or use of excessive force.
No one should condone criminal behavior on the basis of race. If the allegations against Tyrone Harris Jr. are true, then no-one should be marching on his behalf. He was asking for trouble and he found it.