Some people just won’t let facts get in the way of their hatred for cops.
That certainly seemed the case early Friday morning, when a man was shot and killed by a police officer outside a Texas bar.
The manager of H.T.’s Lounge in Texas City had called police to report a man firing a gun at customers as they left the bar.
When an officer arrived, Carlton Smith, 20, pointed his weapon at the cop, who then fired several shots at the man, killing him, police spokesman Cpt. Joe Stanton told the Houston Chronicle.
After more officers arrived on the scene, a crowd almost immediately began to form, with some cursing and throwing bottles at officers, Stanton told the Chronicle.
After reviewing security surveillance video, the bar’s owner, Harris Aldridge, confirmed Smith moved toward the officer with the weapon, according to KENS5 Eyewitness News.
“Video shows him turning with the gun in his hand towards the cop,” Aldridge said. “I probably would have shot him. I mean he was turning, pulling the gun he had just shot and fired. So what are you going to do? Let him shoot you?”
Such reason didn’t dissuade some die-hard cop haters who made up their minds before hearing the facts.
“This brother was assassinated,” King Yashua, co-founder of the Nation of Liberation, told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s just like Ferguson.”
Other witnesses have come forward to dispute the police department’s version of events and the video evidence. One witness said another woman who was at the scene had fired a gun in the air before the deadly shot.
“The girl had the gun,” the witness told ABC 13. “Why’d they kill him?”
Smith’s relatives believe he was killed without reason.
“The police come from the back and just start shooting with guns pointing range and killed him,” Charleston Harris, Smith’s cousin, told KENS5.
Sometimes, people see what they want to see.