Police brutality seems to be on an exponential curve in the USA nowadays. The most recent victim of this trend is Brian J. Quinones of Richfield. The man was shot down by Edina police after a brief car chase on Saturday night. The family and friends of Quinones took out a candle march protesting against the rampant police shooting cases.
What happened on Saturday night
Moreover, at 10.20 pm on Saturday, Edina police were dispatched after Quinones when he ran a red light. He refused to pull over and kept jumping stoplights. As the car chase continued into Richfield, Quinones live-streamed the entire event on Facebook. He was seen calmly nodding to the music and not bothered by the police at his tail. Because the car finally gave up at E. 77th Street and Chicago Avenue. Passers-by saw Quinones exit the car with something that looked like a knife in his hand. Before any communication happened between the parties, the police shot at the victim multiple times. The live-stream continued as the victim’s body turned cold.
Grieving family claims mental health issues
30-years old Brian J. Quinones was a rapper, barber, painter and a father to a 12-year-old boy. The victim who went by the name ‘Blessed The MC’, had released a new album titled ‘This Is My Everything’ on Saturday. While mourning for his brother, Joshua Quinones told reporters that Brian suffered from mental health issues. He claimed that Brian had suffered from issues with finances, relationships, and suicidal tendencies. Joshua had tried to contact his brother after watching the live stream but to no avail. The victim had posted a message of apology before causing the car chase. Friends of the victim held a candle-light vigil that questioned the police’s apathetic response towards citizens.
Is the police becoming insensitive?
The vigil had continued to grow, causing Interstate 494 to shut down briefly. Consequently, Edina and Richfield police departments responded with prayers for the victim’s family. The investigation is being continued by Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. As the officials seek cooperation from the public, several questions are left unanswered. Was it absolutely necessary to shoot down the man? Is killing the only solution for police to control certain events?