Earlier this week, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was gunned down, unarmed, by two Baton Rouge police officers. Sterling had a criminal record and that was what the right-wing believes earned Sterling his death sentence at the hands of the police.
But we’re not here to talk about Sterling. We’re here to talk about another man; one who fired a handgun during an altercation with a Wake County deputy after he was seen pointing a shotgun passing cars.
A man who was taken alive despite assaulting an officer and who, I’m sure you’ll be surprised to learn, is white.
It was automatic
On Tuesday, a deputy for the Wake County PD in Raleigh, N.C., was notified by a motorist that there was a man standing near the road pointing a shotgun at drivers.
This man, later identified as 62-year-old William Bruce Ray, was approached by police.
Now, Ray is white. This is important because it explains what happens next.
Ray pulled out his handgun after the deputy wrestled the shotgun from him, and then fired a shot from the handgun. The round didn’t hit anything, but the deputy, feeling threatened, pulled out his handgun and emptied it into Ray, killing him on the spot.
Nah, just kidding. The deputy apprehended Ray and took him into custody, where he’ll be charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer with a firearm and damage to personal property. Prosecutors say that Ray’s charges are likely to be upgraded to attempted murder. During a Wednesday court appearance, Ray was given a $150,000 bond, which is about the price for a decent enough casket.
During a Wednesday court appearance, Ray was given a $150,000 bond.
Ray had reportedly been drinking.
The sheriff praised the deputy, saying:
As a deputy, you don’t ever know what to expect when you’re approaching something like that, so your training kicks in. And of course when the gun came up, it was automatic to him to get that gun away from him, and he did exactly what he was supposed to.
And we’re all proud of you. Now if only you could show the cops in Minnesota or Louisana how you did it.
Watch the video below:
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