Raleigh Remains Calm In Wake Of Akiel Denkins Shooting

All sorts of prayers are being offered or something

(ABC11) People in Raleigh are making their voices heard after 24-year-old Akiel Rakim Lakeith Denkins was fatally shot by a Raleigh police officer who was attempting to serve a warrant on a drug charge.

Since the officer-involved shooting, many have been demanding answers and calling for justice, but they’re also praying for peace.

Well, it’s very easy to have peace: don’t riot. Don’t burn things. Don’t descend into violence.

At 7 a.m. Monday a prayer vigil was held at Vintage Church in downtown Raleigh.

Tears were shed as prayers were said for Denkins’ family and for everyone else affected by his death.

Well, all the people he sold drugs to can probably find another dealer. And the women he beat are probably unconcerned. Why are so many people suddenly concerned about Denkins now, after ignoring his drug dealing, gang activity, violence, and illegally carrying a concealed weapon?

“It’s very important that we send a message to this city and to this world that we’re not going to sit back silently while our people are being shot down while they’re running or unarmed,” said the Rev. Curtis Gatewood with the North Carolina NAACP.

I have to wonder, what happens if it turns out that the gun found was Denkins’, and he was shot because he was a threat?

But, let’s also be clear: if the officer fired without cause, he should be tried in court.

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5 Responses to “Raleigh Remains Calm In Wake Of Akiel Denkins Shooting”

  1. John says:

    hope those rioters don’t choose your stores because of past perceived raaaacism

  2. Wow, John just made a racial allegation against Blacks.

  3. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    But, let’s also be clear: if the officer fired without cause, he should be tried in court.

    Does not a persistent felon, with a warrant out for his arrest, fleeing from police not constitute cause, by itself?

    Oh, I’m sure that legally, it does not, but practically, it should.

  4. gitarcarver says:

    Does not a persistent felon, …….

    Denkins was convicted of misdemeanors – no felonies. That’s not to say he was a good guy or a choir boy, but he was not a convicted felon.

    Oh, I’m sure that legally, it does not, but practically, it should.

    No, it shouldn’t.

    Not ever.

    Police have the right, like all people, to defend themselves. They can also shoot in cases where others are in imminent danger.

    Running away in and by itself is not cause for anything other than a chase.

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