Black Baton Rouge Residents Relieved They Can Return to Fearing Being Shot by Police

The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested Kenneth Gleason this week on charges of murdering two black pedestrians, ending a week of uncertainty in the black community over who would more likely shoot them first: an apparent serial murderer or a police officer.

“Things will get back to normal,” Gary Wilbur, who lives in Gleason’s neighborhood, said from his front porch. “For a few days there, I felt like it was 50-50 whether I would be gunned down by a vindictive loner or by Ken Gleason. Now, if my ticket gets punched at a traffic stop or in front of a convenience store, at least I know it’ll be for a good reason, like selling bootleg CDs or reaching up to scratch my nose.”

“For a few days there, I felt like it was 50-50 whether I would be gunned down by a vindictive loner or by Ken Gleason.”

At a press conference announcing the charges, District Attorney Hillar Moore promised swift justice for the community.

“The suspect insisted he only fired at the victims because he saw them reaching for a gun. I assure you, that defense will not hold up in court. Well, not for a civilian, anyway,” he stated.

 

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