The grandfather of an 11-year-old boy shot dead during a Fourth of July celebration in Washington, DC, has lashed out at the Black Lives Matter movement, charging that adherents don’t care about “black-on-black crime.”
“Everybody’s just saying, they’re tired, tired of shootings in the community. Everybody’s running around here like they’re Uzi-toting, dope-sucking psychopathic killing machines,” said John Ayala, granddad of 11-year-old Davon McNeal, who was struck in the head by a stray bullet as a family party was winding down and a group of men opened fire at each other nearby.
“We’re protesting for months, for weeks, saying, ‘Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.’ Black lives matter it seems like, only when a police officer shoots a black person. What about all the black-on-black crime that’s happening in the community?” he added, according to video posted on Grabien.
Davon’s mother Crystal McNeal is a DC “violence interrupter,” which means she spends her days with some of the District’s most hardened criminals, trying to persuade them to put down their guns, The Washington Post reported.
Her sixth-grader was described as a youth football star.
Washington Mayor Muriel E. Bowser tweeted that the shooting of Davon was “horrendous,” and said later that police were looking for a black sedan seen speeding down an alley near the Frederick Douglass Garden apartments, a complex named for the famed abolitionist and former slave who lived in the city’s Anacostia neighborhood.
Davon’s death wasn’t the only shooting of a child on the holiday, as an 8-year-old girl was shot dead in Atlanta.
Cops identified the girl as Secoriea Turner, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for justice during a news conference Sunday with the girl’s grief-stricken mother.
“You shot and killed a baby,” the mayor said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.”
The shooting happened near the Wendy’s restaurant where a black man, Rayshard Brooks, was killed by an Atlanta cop on June 12.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany ripped reporters at the daily press briefing for focusing on Trump’s blaming purported low NASCAR ratings on the sport’s decision to ban the Confederate Flag at races.
“I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag. This president is focused on action and I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths that we got in this country this weekend. I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week and over the last seven days shootings skyrocket by 142 percent. Not one question,” she said.
“I didn’t receive one question about five children who were killed. And I’ll leave you with this remark by a dad — it broke my heart, a dad of an 8 year old lost Atlanta this weekend, ‘They say black lives matters. You killed a child, she didn’t do nothing to nobody’ was his quote,” she said.
Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, who shot the unarmed teen during a dispute in a Florida condo complex.
The group’s DC chapter blamed the police for McNeal’s shooting in a tweet — asserting that the department should be defunded because it can’t keep people like Davon safe.
“Your $533M budget should be DEFUNDED BECAUSE YOU CANT KEEP US OR OUR FAMILIES SAFE! @DCPoliceDept was around when this happened, as usual,” they tweeted.
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