SAN ANTONIO — Across the nation, Americas are reacting with shock and grief to the news that a campus police officer shot and killed an unarmed white male.
“It just doesn’t make sense. I mean, he wasn’t just white—he was in college too,” classmate Johanna Mayes told My San Antonio.
“I could see it if maybe he was a…well, you know,” Mayes sobbed.
The shooting occurred after Cpl. Christopher Carter, a police officer with the University of the Incarnate Word in Alamo Heights, saw the unarmed white male college honors student, who white friends say was not the type to attack police, “driving erratically at a high rate of speed” Friday.
Carter claims that a struggle ensued between himself and the unarmed white male, but his report is at odds with the fact that white people rarely have any reason to struggle with authorities.
“I just don’t understand. It’s not like he was smoking pot earlier that night. He didn’t wear hoodies or baggy clothing. He did like Kanye West a lot, but it’s not like that’s hardcore gangster rap,” said another of the unarmed white male victim’s white friends.
A witness to the senseless shooting told reporters that even the unarmed white male was surprised that he was shot. “I heard (a man) say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost,” the witness recalled.
“I would sound sarcastic too if I was a white guy about to get shot by police, because it’s like, ‘Yeah, right!”’
In its official statement, the university said that it will conduct a “thorough investigation” of the deadly shooting.
“In the meantime, we’d like to remind other unarmed white students that they’re white and have no reason to fear the police.”