[TRIGGER WARNING: MURDER, GUN VIOLENCE, POLICE BRUTALITY]
I was beginning to have some hope for the Charleena Lyles case (read: murder) when I heard that an SPD sergeant or whatever had called the shooting unacceptable and that there was going to be a hearing by the city council on the incident (read: murder). And now THIS.
Seattle Police Flack Talks About the Charleena Lyles Shooting While Playing Video Games
We see Whitcomb control an avatar through a fantasy world, jumping around a space shuttle and running by electrical orbs, while discussing a tragedy that left four children without a mother. Whitcomb recounts the day of Lyles' death in detail, from the radio call in which officers can be heard talking about her mental health, to the fatal shots that went off with her children in the room. At the same time, we see a man running around in a cape, with a gun slung on his back. To be fair to Whitcomb, he doesn't engage in any combat in this particular episode of the game, mostly just running around the virtual world.
During a phone call two days ago, Whitcomb told me that the death of Lyles is one of the worst moments in the department's history. "Dude, we are suffering," he said. "This mom with little kids, that is going to tear apart your soul."
YOU'RE NOT SUFFERING YOU'RE PLAYING VIDEO GAMES YOU FUCKING FUCK.
It's bad enough that the SPD has a fucking Twitch channel at all, called "Fuzzfeed206" (ugh), because this is obviously a way to try and reach young people by appearing "hip" and convince them that the police is on their side and try to get them to join. The military has been doing the same thing with video games for decades.
But to use your Twitch channel, playing a SHOOTER, to talk about your police murdering a pregnant mother of four? And you dare to say that YOU are the ones suffering?
Black people are suffering. Black women are suffering. Carleena's family is suffering. Charleena's children are suffering. Charleena's neighbors are suffering. I read a Facebook post yesterday asking people not to come around the memorial at the apartment complex where she was murdered because the children who live there are asking if their mothers are next. They are suffering. You are a bunch of murderous pieces of shit and if you really cared you'd quit the force and quite police work altogether but you don't care about anyone but yourself and your fellow murderous cops.
Fuck you, Seattle police. All of you.