Last week, a New Jersey police officer shot and injured an unarmed black man in front of his two sons, and activists are now pushing for the release of video as well as the identity of the officer involved.
Larry “Sincere” Bouie and Tasha Wade were in the car with their two sons when their car battery died near a police station. Bouie, in looking for help, found his brother selling merchandise nearby and asked for help, but his brother declined because he was working. That apparently sent Bouie into an emotional state.
“He was wilding and going crazy,” Wade told the Paterson Times on Sunday. “We tried to call an ambulance and calm him down, but couldn’t calm him. Then police came. She got out of the car, he was still acting crazy, she pulled out her gun, and she shot him.”
Bouie was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.
While an investigation was launched by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday, the scant details released to the public have activists up in arms.
“This is not an isolated incident,” Alexis Miller, a leader in Paterson’s Black Lives Matter chapter, told The Huffington Post. “We want people to know that Sincere is not the only person this is going to happen to, or has happened. And that it’s important to support all local organizations who are fighting this fight.”