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Original post made by David Hopkins, Palo Alto Hills, on Oct 28, 2020

The unjustified shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr., in Philadelphia by a police officer should remind us of the shooting that occurred here in Palo Alto when an officer fired multiple shots that killed a resident of a mental health facility on Forest Ave. The victim's name was William Raff and he was Caucasian. It was exactly the same story: person who is delusional comes at police with a knife in hand (only in this case it was a table knife) and the police responded with lethal force. Interestingly, there was no community outcry at the time and the police officer was exonerated in a perfunctory review by the Santa Clara DA's office.

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Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm

AlexDeLarge is a registered user.

I remember this incident, PA Online had a article and video.

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Posted by Melinda
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Melinda is a registered user.

Completely agree. When there are white-on-white, black/black, black/white, white/Hispanic or white/Asian killings, it's crickets. When it's white-on-black, it's "racism". And in this case, a black man was justifiably killed (about to lunge with a knife), then there is looting. How can blacks gain respect when they do such things?

Why doesn't BLM try to actually help the blacks? Tutors, mentors, etc? Colin Kaepernick is protesting only. If anything, he's stirring up resentment. Ice Cube is trying to actually do something productive for the blacks, working with politicians.

We have a family friend who lives in Alabama and he and his wife are financially successful and have successful careers. They think that the Democrats are the most racist and only pretend to care about blacks. They are against affirmative action because they have succeeded on their own merit but affirmative action results in questionable merit. They think that the Democrats give blacks welfare (keeps them down and unwilling to succeed) and places them in low-income housing (segregation).


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