Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, October 23, 2023
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Almost every news item has a message. When the story has a race angle, the message is often so simple it’s infantile.
Leonard Allen Cure was freed from prison after his conviction was tossed out. He was pulled over, attacked the officer, and was shot. “I can only imagine what it’s like to know your son is innocent and watch him be sentenced to life in prison, to be exonerated,” said Seth Miller of the Innocence Project of Florida, “then be told that once he’s been freed, he’s been shot dead.” Ben Crump, who takes on cases for black clients, is representing the family: “It is god awful that he would escape that injustice to have his life claimed by more bias.”
MEDIA ALERT: @AttorneyCrump has been retained by the family of Leonard Cure, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Monday by a Camden County (GA) deputy. Crump and members of the Leonard’s family will hold a news conference today at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the shooting. pic.twitter.com/PIL2qgOdJI
— Ben Crump Law, PLLC (@BenCrumpLaw) October 18, 2023
BLM attorney Ben Crump now claims that Leonard Cure was shot for being black
He was actually shot for trying to strangle a police officer that was arresting him for reckless driving (100mph)pic.twitter.com/OfKGMMHNCF
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) October 22, 2023
The Southern Poverty Law Center thinks it is an opportunity to “reimagine” policing.
SPLC is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Leonard Cure in Camden County, GA. We urgently call for a transformation in policing that honors every individual’s rights. The ongoing anti-Blackness in policing must end. Every leader must act for justice and accountability. pic.twitter.com/lNREN79EW9
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) October 18, 2023
Most headlines reported only that the police killed the man. The implication was that the shooting was unjustified.
- “Black Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 16 Years Shot, Killed By Georgia Police,” Huffington Post, October 17, 2023
- “Exonerated man who spent 16 years in prison on wrongful conviction shot dead by Georgia deputy during traffic stop,” Washington Examiner, October 18, 2023
- “Georgia deputy kills Black man freed from prison after exoneration,” Reuters, October 17, 2023
- “Leonard Allan Cure, freed after wrongful conviction, is shot dead in a traffic stop,” NPR, October 18, 2023
His mother said she had lived in fear ever since his release.
I was uneasy every time he left because I was like, ‘Will he get a traffic stop? Is he going to be a victim of that? From the time that he was released, he was never set free. Lived in constant fear. . . Is this going to be the day that they’re gonna lock him up, beat him up, or kill him? I lived with that. That is torture.
Police-car footage suggested a much simpler story.
Leonard Cure was apprehended for speeding and reckless driving.
He did not comply with the simple instructions of the officer and then attacked the officer, attempting to strangle him. The officer then opened fire.
Now watch the BLM crowd go crazy. pic.twitter.com/RUerWpRV8o
— iamyesyouareno (@iamyesyouareno) October 19, 2023
Cure didn’t just attack the police officer; he taunted him as he choked him.
Leonard Cure muttering “Yeah bitch. Yeah bitch.” As he choked Deputy Aldridge – is one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/E3kTZkxn0E
— police.law.news (@policelawnews) October 23, 2023
The full footage seems to show that Cure complied until he learned he was being arrested. There is now an investigation about why Cure was pulled over at all.
Black man wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years in Florida starts anew in Georgia, only to be shot dead by police during a traffic stop
Leonard Cure had spent 16 long years in a Florida prison for a crime he did not commit until he was exonerated and released in 2020. He then moved… pic.twitter.com/UusfzvzrEX
— Decent Picks (@decentpicks) October 20, 2023
The Sun-Sentinel consulted five “experts” to decide whether the officer’s actions where justified. While all agreed the shooting was justified at the time, some suggested that the officer was too aggressive to begin with. Of course, such an approach means that the burden is now on police to coddle anyone they stop, especially minorities. Officer Buck Aldridge is getting hostile media coverage because he was fired by another police department for excessive use of force.
The lesson many police officers will take is that when a black man commits a crime, let it slide. A stop isn’t worth the trouble. You might have to kill a man to save your own life. You might be lashed by the media and have your life ruined. Pulling back on stops means more crime and more traffic deaths. Today, that’s a small price to pay for not being called a “racist.”