TX Police Officer Shoots, Kills Mentally Ill African-American Man Armed With Dangerous Spoon (VIDEO)

On Monday, in what has become an increasingly common problem in our nation, yet another unarmed African-American man was gunned down by police. Dennis Grigsby, 35, was a mentally ill man who was the subject of a call from a homeowner reporting a break-in.

The Texarkana, TX homeowner called at around 2 AM to report that Grigsby, who lives across the street, was banging on the windows of her home and had entered the garage.

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When police confronted the mentally-ill African-American man, they claim he was holding a “metal object” and approached the officer “aggressively.” That metal object turned out to be a highly dangerous…spoon.

The presence of an unidentified metal object obviously warranted a fatal shot to Grigsby’s chest.

“It appeared the suspect was holding an item, with the bowl of the spoon in his palm and the shank of the spoon coming out from the bottom of his hand like someone would hold a knife,” Sergeant Aaron Brower with the Texarkana, Texas Police Department explained, attempting to justify the wanton use of unnecessary force.

According to family members, Grigsby was not dangerous — he just had some issues.

“They just told me that they shot him in his chest. They said they couldn’t tell me anything else. I’m just sick. I just can’t believe this,” said Evelyn Grigsby, the victim’s mother. She added that her son would not harm anyone, and that “we don’t have any guns or anything.”

Police stand by the actions of the officer, who has been granted a paid vacation been placed on administrative leave as police investigate themselves. The shooter’s identity has not been released.

Watch a report on the shooting, below:

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Unfortunately lives, especially black lives (since they seem to hold a lower value in the eyes of police), do not seem to matter much to the stormtroopers of 2014, who often respond (as was the case with 12-year-old Tamir Rice) immediately with a fatal solution to a minor problem. To be fair, Rice was holding a toy gun, which is slightly more dangerous than a spoon.

Across the nation, demonstrators are trying in vain to remind authorities that their job is to protect and serve, and that justice is not defined by how many bullets can penetrate a person’s flesh. Unfortunately, without major reforms, these abuses of power and authority will likely continue.

Should Grigsby have been arrested? Absolutely. Should he have been the recipient of a fatal gunshot wound because he was holding a spoon? No. Just no.

If we have learned anything from grand juries’ failures to indict police officers like Darren Wilson, who gunned down Michael Brown in the streets of Ferguson, and Daniel Pantaleo, who choked Eric Garner to death over the alleged sale of loose cigarettes, it is that we, as a nation, have a long way to go before we can rightfully refer to the institution of law enforcement as “respectable.”

There are many good cops, but as long as they stand by as their peers perpetrate these abuses, can we really trust the police?