Convicted drug trafficker Frank “Scooterbug” Clark was shot and killed by Durham Police earlier this week after he reached for a gun in his waistband after being confronted by cops, and his family and allies are really mad that violent felons aren’t treated with more respect by officers who know they are violent, woman-abusing drug dealers.
Family and friends are voicing their frustrations and concerns one day after police shot and killed a Durham man.
Frank Nathaniel Clark, 34, died after being shot during a struggle with three officers. Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said the officers – Charles Barkley, Monte Southerland and Christopher Goss – stopped to talk to Clark when he reached for a gun in his waistband and they heard a shot.
About a dozen demonstrators marched a little over a mile from Fayetteville Road, near the McDougald Terrace community where Clark was shot, to Durham Police Headquarters, voicing their concerns about what they describe as a broken relationship between Durham police officers and the community.
The demonstrators took their call for justice to the front door of police headquarters before returning to the street and forming a circle in the middle of Chapel Hill Street, shutting down the intersection between Duke Street and Gregson Street.
“Not only do I want change, the community wants change too,” said Clark’s brother, Michael Clark.
Michael Clark said he and his brother, who was known to the community as “Bug,” grew up in the McDougald Terrace neighborhood. He said he wants Durham police officers to be more respectful to residents and that many who joined the march feel intimidated by police.
“The physical contact with the community, how they go about it; there’s another way instead of just hopping out, saying ‘put your hands up’, searching and patting you down for guns,” Michael Clark said.
There is also another way for people with long records of beating women, carrying illegal weapons and, dealing drugs to conduct themselves isn’t there? How about not pulling your illegal firearm on police? How about respect for law enforcement from the “community”? After all, the police are trying to protect innocent people from thugs like Clark. Consider this quote from the news article
“This community deserves safety and community policing has not created more safety. It has led directly to the death of Frank Clark,” said demonstrator Serena Sebring.
Hmmm, it seems Clark was the type of person that makes these communities unsafe. And, to be blunt, Clark caused his own death by pulling his illegal weapon on police. So, my suggestion to these protesters would be to stop excusing bad behavior. Stop blaming police for doing their jobs. If the police can improve their tactics, then fine. But, the excusing of criminals and thugs must stop.