Unarmed, Mentally Disabled, “White” Hispanic Fatally Shot by Black Man
By Jerry A. Kane
A 22-year-old black man shot and killed Daniel Adkins, a 29-year-old, mentally disabled, unarmed “white” Hispanic man, following a heated argument in a Taco Bell parking lot near Phoenix, Arizona, April 3.
The unidentified black man and his girlfriend were leaving the drive-thru after placing an order when Adkins stepped out from around a corner in front of the vehicle. The driver and Adkins exchanged angry words, and the driver fired one shot into Adkins, who died at the scene.
The driver and the girl claimed that Adkins had swung a metal pipe at them, but the “pipe” turned out to be a leash to the yellow Labrador on the other end. An independent witness said Adkins did swing his fists in the driver’s direction, and the driver’s claiming self-defense.
“This person is still on the loose and I don’t agree with that. So he’s saying self defense, then where’s the weapon? Where’s the pipe? They didn’t find anything on my brother. He was just too aggressive, [sic] you don’t need to go that far.”—Marina Reyes, Adkins’ sister
Adkins’ family is calling for the shooter’s arrest.
“He needs to be behind bars. I’ll never see my brother again. If he felt that my brother was threatening him, he could have easily just rolled up the window and called the cops.”—Marina Reyes
Police have made no arrests, as the investigation into the shooting continues.
In a nutshell, the April 3 shooting fatality of a mentally disabled, unarmed Hispanic man with an “Anglo” name and light complexion by a 22-year-old black man is ignored by the national media and fails to raise the collective eyebrow of the “no justice, no peace” crowd, while the family awaits the nation’s Racist-in-Chief and its Injustice Department to raise people’s consciousness and politicize the case.
Obviously, the national media intend to keep the Adkins shooting quiet, so once again it’s left up to Internet bloggers and the alternative media to get the story out to the masses.
If Daniel Adkins’ life has as much value as Trayvon Martins’, e-mail the Attorney General in Phoenix, Arizona, at CivilRightsinfo@azag.gov.
For more on the story, see No charges over ‘reverse Trayvon Martin’ shooting in Phoenix area and Taco Bell Shooting Victim was Holding Leash, Not Weapon.