Go 30 days without killing.
Black people in Memphis could do it, right?
Go 30 days without a black person killing another black person in 65 percent black Memphis, right? [Day 1 in '30 days no killing' decree, WMCActionNews5.com, July 11, 2016]:
While speaking with protesters Sunday night, Memphis Police Department Interim Director Mike Rallings called for a 30-day moratorium on killing.
"If y'all want to show me something, show me 30 days," Rallings said.
"Black Lives Matter" protesters shut down the Interstate 40 bridge for several hours. Nobody was arrested or injured during the protest.
Rallings went to the I-40 bridge protest in person where he and other officers joined arm-in-arm with protesters to march off the bridge.
"We ain't pepper prayed nobody; we ain't deployed gas. That's the way it should be. I just wanted--come off the bridge, let's come to a place where we can talk, where we can have a dialog," Rallings said.
"I think we have to show restraint. We can easily resort to violence, so I'm asking our city to be less violent. We have to set the example," Rallings said. "I'm going to ask everyone, if you know someone, I want you to talk to those individuals and ask for 30 days of no killing. Senseless killing."
So far in 2016, Memphis has seen 120 homicides--it's a number that gives the city one of the highest per capita homicide rates in America.
Protesters agreed with the interim police director.
"When you feel like you need to pull the trigger, think, 'I'm messing my community up,'" one protester said. "When you feel like you need to stab him, think I'm messing my community."
"We're tired of the system killing us, so if we can show them how were not going to kill ourselves, there is no other excuse," Gregory Thompson said.
Thompson, who has been protesting in front of FedExForum since Friday, felt hopeful Sunday night and hopes Memphis can live up to its end of the deal.
"I hope we go 60. I hope we go 90. I hope it goes as long as it can," he said.Could they go 60 days? Could they go 90 days? Could they go a week? Two days?
Could black people in 65 percent black Memphis go one day without killing one another?
No. ['30 day no killing' decree fails in less than 24 hours, KFVS12.com, July 12, 2016]:
A decree issued by Interim Police Director Michael Rallings to go 30 days without killing failed when a man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting happened near the intersection of East Raines Road and Airways Boulevard. The victim was first reported as being in extremely critical condition, but doctor's later announced that he did not survive his injuries.
Monday afternoon, Interim Police Director Michael Rallings asked protesters to help him by agreeing to a 30 day moratorium on killing. That moratorium did not last 24 hours.
Memphis Police Department continues to investigate the shooting.
Officers have not determined why the man was shot, but they do think a group of people are to blame. Witnesses told officers a woman and three or four men were seen driving away from the shooting in a small white car.
Everett Burke said his brother-in-law, Brandon Byers, was the man shot and killed.
"I heard a lot of screaming outside. I woke up and I went outside to see what was going on," Burke said. "You see somebody taking their last breath--it is awful. You are right there close to them."
Burke said Byers and his sister have three small children who were inside the apartment when three men and a woman kicked in the door to the apartment.
"They actually had hands on my niece," Burke said. "She was on the way to the restroom and one of them covered her mouth with their hand."
Burke said the suspects took a TV and his nephew's video game system.
The children were unharmed, but Burke said he wants to know why the suspects didn't listen when Rallings asked the Black Lives Matter movement to stop the killing for 30 days.
Burke said he is nervous and anxious and just wants the violence to stop.
"All these people using guns and killing people. l mean, you're not doing God's work and you're not doing anything positive out here."Couldn't make it a full 24 hours without a black person killing another black person in 65 percent black Memphis, even when challenged by a friendly black law enforcement officer (who mingled happily with black terrorists who shut-down I-40, which blocked an ambulance carrying a sick white child to a hospital)...
Our job is only to survive the madness upon us, then turn our backs on the black people demanding help in the aftermath of the misery they've bred (and we've monetarily supported with our taxes). KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff FOX Carolina 21