“We have a lot of people outside our house, yelling and shouting profanities. I yelled at them, ‘Please leave the premises.’ They were showing a firearm, so I fired a warning shot and, uh, we got somebody that got hit...I fired my warning shot like I’m supposed to by law. They do have firearms, and I’m trying to protect myself and my family...Ma’am, I don’t know who they are. There’s frigging black males outside my frigging house with firearms. Please send PD."
no one was armed, except Mr. Copley. And according to all reports, not only was Copley not under any assignment as neighborhood watch, he was never under any imminent threat. Chad Copley has been charged with first-degree murder, and held without bond. Experts say that he will have trouble advancing with any type of self-defense claim. Whether Copley ends up spending 1 day or 1000 years in jail, WE must begin the push to hold ALL FORMS OF MASS MEDIA accountable for how The Black & Brown are portrayed in the media. The cold-blooded murder of Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas is a MAJOR story. But it has received little to no coverage outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. More importantly, we have to boycott those media channels that chose to only present shows, movies, and music that overly dramatic/aggressive and prone to violence Black Men, Women & Child day in and day out. We make excuses and justify it as "just entertainment;" but these are the images in the heads of so-called law enforcement when they engage us-and in the minds of the jurors that let them walk free. Change the paradigm. #ReversePolarity