This crazy dangerous brother opened fire inside a motel room in one of our most lovely areas to visit: Phoenix. The brother killed a man and wounded two women before shooting three more innocent people. The brother tried to show his tracking skills to elude police in an exhaustive chase (the police were the ones tired) that ended up with the brother being taken in alive.
We must praise the officers, because after the killing and shootings the police used a stun gun to subdue the brother, after locating him in a vacant condominium about four hours after the initial shootings. I guess after four hours the police thought he had calmed down and was worthy of a stun gun instead of being shot with a nine, 40, or 45 mm bullet.
Keep in mind that within these four hours the police believed this brother was armed, dangerous and responsible for all of the shootings mentioned. Perhaps the police exercised restraint because the brother killed one and wounded others because of an initial argument that started in a motel room, and all the other shootings must have been random.
Heck, after all of the brother’s actions, I am just trying to give the police praise for exercising good judgment. Not only did this dangerous brother get the taste of a stun gun instead of a bullet, but police led the brother out of the complex in a white full-body suit with others who were arrested — not shot by police — with his wrist shackled, and taken to a local hospital. See, how nice and respectful the police were to this brother? The Black Lives Matter folks should feel good about this one.
Showing the brother more love, the police refused to release his name, but it was the Arizona Republic newspaper that identified him as Ryan Elliot Giroux. Look readers, the brother, in addition to what is mentioned, not only shot at a man and two women, killing another, he used his tracking skills, ran to a nearby restaurant, and shot and carjacked a student’s car. Police records shows that he was in an altercation with police during a non-related matter and that during that confrontation he tried to pull a gun from under his shirt and was subdued again, without being shot.
Here we go. The man of this violent act is not Black. The man was White. Yes, White.
Now, I want you to read this column again knowing the man is White, not Black. I want you to read this column again knowing the man Ryan Elliot Giroux, as a member of skinhead and White supremacist groups, with his a**having served prison time for burglary, drug possession and aggravated assault.
As you read this column over, knowing these facts, ask some serious questions. If this man had been really a Black man, instead of a White man, would the outcome have been different?
Lucky Rosenbloom welcomes reader’s responses to 651-917-1720, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.