UPDATE (June 28, 2007) — No big surprise here, but the drug-dealing Kevin Brown was also a drug user the night he was shot by Austin Police:
A man fatally shot by an Austin police sergeant this month had drugs, including cocaine, in his system, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.
Tests also showed that Kevin Alexander Brown tested positive for marijuana and opiates. Opiates can include drugs such as morphine, but the report did not name a specific drug.
The Austin black community and the NAACP are once again up in arms that a white cop has shot a black man. And ever since the death of 25-year old Kevin Brown, the spin has been to focus on the police doing their job while ignoring the fact that Kevin Brown was a career criminal involved in criminal activity the night he was shot.
If only the black community would be as outraged by the ‘gangsta drug culture they allow to thrive in their communities. If only they were as outraged at Brown’s life of crime.
Here’s what the police officer alleged happened that night:
Shortly after 4:00 a.m. an APD patrol officer, Sergeant Michael Olsen, was flagged down near Chesterâ€™s located at 3121 East 12th Street. A resident informed Olsen that there was a male with a gun in the area. As the officer approached the man, he fled the scene of foot. The officer initiated a foot pursuit.
The man, identified by his family as 25-year-old Kevin Brown, fled to an apartment complex located at 1175 Harvey Street. During the course of the pursuit, Sergeant Olsen discharged his weapon and struck the Brown. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Tom Stribling, the attorney for Olsen, Brown pulled a gun on Olsen. Stribling says police recovered a gun from the scene
So we have the word of a good Police Officer who, in the middle of the morning are chasing a suspect they are told has a gun. Police claim the suspect drew the weapon on them and they shot him. A gun was recovered.
But everybody wants to believe that it was just a bad cop killing a good black kid?
Kevin Brown has been described as a “good person” by his friends and family. And his father has asked us not think of him “only as a drug dealer”.
But rather we should think of him as the unemployed, father of an exceptionally unfortunate 5-year old son, and a career criminal.
Kevin’s rap sheet includes:
- Possession of marijuana (2007)
- Convicted for assault (2004) where the victim was pistol whipped during a botched drug deal with Brown
- Convicted of unauthorized use of a vehicle (2003)
- Sentenced to four months for misdemeanor charges ranging from drug possession in San Angelo to burglary of a vehicle in Austin (2002)
But let’s remember him as a good kid. Riiiightttt.
And now his community is demanding answers from APD.
You want answers? I’ll give you an answer, but you’re not going to like it:
The answer is that your son/friend/neighbor was a two-bit thug. And nothing good happens at 4:00 a.m., especially outside of a bar. Your boy was armed and fleeing police, who probably wanted nothing more than to get home to their families after their shift was over. The answer is, Kevin bears the full responsibility for getting shot that morning.
If he hadn’t of run, he wouldn’t have been shot. If he didn’t have a gun, he wouldn’t have been shot. If he hadn’t of pulled that gun on the police, he wouldn’t have been shot.
But he did all of those things.
The officers were doing their job: protecting our community. Kevin was doing his job: being a criminal.
But that’s not the answer you’re looking for, is it? You’re looking for pandering, probably some payouts, and the promise of changes in regards to how white cops are allowed to deal with black thugs.
IN fact, you’ve already threatened violence if you don’t get the answer’s you’re looking for:
“People are so angry that soon they are going to take matters in to their own hands. Do you know what will happen if some of the young brothers would go out and take matters into their own hands? More of them would be killed, more would go to jail, more mothers would be crying,” Lands said.
Their anger is misdirected.
If the city does not comply, members of the East Austin Social Action Coalition say they will take hold of the situation by way of “peaceful protest”.
And we know how peaceful protests turn out — usually in violence.