Ralph Elrod Who Threatened To Kill Black Neighbors, Killed Two Sheriff Deputies And Has Been Sentenced To Life
This case brought back memories of Kyle Dinkheller, whose murder also happened in the State of Georgia. It also reminds me of discussions of how law enforcement treats suspects differently and gives reasonable inference that it is due to the color of their skin. How often have we seen videos where law enforcement commands suspects to put their hands on the hood of the car, or lock their hands behind their heads, handcuff and search them before telling them they are under arrest? Has America’s gun culture, stereotypes and bigotry, established that guns are only dangerous if and when on a Black suspect, as opposed to a White suspect?
Two Peach County, Georgia sheriff’s deputies might be alive today had they not given Ralph Stanley Elrod Jr. the benefit of the doubt that he would be arrested peacefully. This is not to blame the sheriff deputies. I can’t honestly say if Peach County Sheriffs treat all suspects in the same manner or not. What I can say is that if law enforcement in other jurisdictions behaved in the same manner, then innocent lives would not have been taken. Tamir Rice, Philando Castille, and Justine Damond, among others, come to mind.
There are too many cases of law enforcement officers being killed by Whites where major media barely makes a whisper and Blue Lives Matter reports a story that omits details about White cop-killers.
I did manage to dig up an article on Blue Lives Matter that mentions the cop-killer in this case. It is dated November 7, 2016. It incorrectly reports that the deputies were “… immediately upon their arrival they were both shot without warning by Elrod.” As the video in this post shows, the deputies were not “immediately” shot upon their arrival. A deputy had a conversation with Elrod and was shot after telling Elrod that he was under arrest. The article also omits what the cop killer did that justified a 911 call.
In another article, Blue Lives Matter says in the headlines that one of the deputies was “ambushed.” While the shooting was unexpected, the cop-killer was standing right in the deputy’s face, arguing with him. Blue Lives Matter could not report what actually happened because in this case, a White man argued with a deputy sheriff, which goes against the stereotype that only Blacks argue with law enforcement.
The following is what happened that led to Ralph Elrod, Jr. killing Peach County, Georgia sheriff’s deputies Patrick Sondron and Daryl Smallwood. Read the rest of this entry