Black cop shoots white woman: The saga of Michael Byrd and Ashli Babbitt | Salon.com

Police stand as supporters of US President Donald Trump protest outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

When Lt. Michael Byrd and the other Black and brown police officers battled Trump’s attack force on Jan. 6, they committed an unpardonable sin against white racial authoritarianism and its believers and followers. Revenge and retaliation are inevitable. Lt. Michael Byrd’s peril will continue into the foreseeable future. He is now more than a man. He is a symbol for the white right and other American fascists, who are likely to perceive him as an ultimate trophy, as well as a way of avenging the killing of Ashli Babbitt. The threats of violence will not be limited to him. For the white right and the American neofascist movement, all Black people are now, to varying degrees, Michael Byrd.

Source: Black cop shoots white woman: The saga of Michael Byrd and Ashli Babbitt | Salon.com

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