Tragedy strikes as a black father Facebook live-streams the moment he was shot to death by cops during traffic stop confrontation. Causing many to exclaim that these incidents are seeming more and more like “business as usual.”
36 year old African American father, Rodney James Hess was live-streaming on Facebook on Thursday in Tennessee, as we suddenly fatally murdered by police, as his fiance watched on.
The police are claiming that Hess struck first, hitting twice, prior to the fatal shooting. However, Hess is also mentally ill and suffering from an “episode,” and it seems as though the cops acted prior to investigating the situation appropriately. Family and friends are devastated and speaking out against the abuses of authority
It occurred Thursday afternoon in Alamo, Tennessee during a routine traffic stop. Police claim that they noticed Hess to be acting erratically, and then said that he attacked them twice with his car. The officers acted violently, fatally shooting Hess at around 2:15pm, as reported by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to NBC News.
Hess, is a New Orleans native, but heading to Memphis to visit his mother. He never met with her, as he died after being airlifted to the nearest hospital.
Hess’ fiance, Johnisha Provost is now speaking out, explaining to the Commercial Appeal that, “He was not on a suicide mission. He was not trying to harm anybody. He was asking them for help and they shot him down. He couldn’t get his mind together. That’s why he asked for a higher command. I always told him, ‘Babe, if you are ever in a situation where you need help, ask the person in charge for the higher command to help you,’ and that’s what he kept saying.”
The incident is now under investigation, and will be handled by the district attorney general Garry Brown, who will decide on whether the case will go to a grand jury.
It is a tragic incident, and yet just one more example of police brutality.