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Tue Oct 7, 2014, 03:27 PM

 

I Am John Crawford - Stop Police Brutality




Interesting words from the organizer:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/10/07/3576457/ohio-gun-rights-leader-police-shooting-victim-likely-would-not-have-been-killed-if-he-were-white/

“I’ve said from the very beginning that race was a factor,” said Virgil Vaduva, who founded Open Carry Ohio. As someone who has long openly carried a gun and associated with others — mostly white — who do the same, Vaduva has first-hand experience with how white gun carriers are treated, even in that very same Beavercreek Wal-Mart where Crawford was shot. Vaduva says he has openly carried his gun there. “If John Crawford were white, if he did not look like he were ‘from the hood’ , I think he would still be alive today.”...

Vaduva articulated similar wishes to ThinkProgress. While one of the primary goals of all of Open Carry Ohio’s protests is to make the public aware of the state’s open carry law, he said in the case of Crawford, he, too, would like to see Ritchie held accountable. And he would like to see Williams fired if not federally prosecuted.

As for police training, he said he already asked that of police three years ago, when an individual called 911 on him for having a gun at a restaurant. At the time, he had a beard and was wearing a knit hat, and speculated “Maybe I looked a bit too much like a hippy.” Vaduva said the 911 caller described him and his friend as “two crazy guys” but police didn’t take that as a trigger to shoot or even injure him. And he said in the years since, he has dressed nicely while carrying his gun and has never had an incident.

“Unfortunately Beavercreek is a white town,” said Vaduva, a self-described libertarian. “Race was a factor. I am certain.”






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Response to friendly_iconoclast (Original post)

Tue Oct 7, 2014, 04:39 PM

1. Good for Mr. Vaduva. I wish more self-described libertarians were like him.

Unfortunately, most seem to have a rather narrow concept of "freedom" that tends to exclude anyone not white and male.

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Response to nomorenomore08 (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 8, 2014, 03:18 PM

2. There are a few 'Left libertarians' around. Most do not identify as libertarians...

 

...as the "Republicans who like to smoke weed" have preempted the word lately.

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Response to friendly_iconoclast (Original post)

Sat Dec 6, 2014, 12:43 AM

3. What's wrong with Ohio?

I can't believe this murder has been swept under the rug.

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