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KING: Can African-Americans get some Ahmad Khan Rahami treatment?

Shaun King

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, September 19, 2016, 3:39 PM

Police in Linden, New Jersey did something truly amazing today.

I’m not being sarcastic. After Ahmad Khan Rahami was suspected of planting bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey on Saturday, the FBI put out an APB on the 28-year-old Rahami and warned that he could be armed and dangerous. It turns out that was true.

Police located Rahami in Linden, N.J. Two officers were shot during the confrontation. One was saved because of their vest and another got grazed in the face by a bullet. In spite of all of this, those officers and others found a way to arrest Rahami without blowing his head off. It’s amazing, but surely that was not an accident. Somebody somewhere wanted Rahami to be brought alive for questioning.

The last we saw him, Rahami was strapped to a stretcher — on his way to a local hospital. I’m glad they didn’t kill him. Maybe they’ll be able to question him and learn his motives or see if he was a part of a network of some kind. As a man with a huge family who roams this city, I’m glad Rahami is off the streets, but I just can’t get one observation out of my mind.

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Ahmad Khan Rahami is placed into an ambulance in Linden, New Jersey.

Ahmad Khan Rahami is placed into an ambulance in Linden, New Jersey.

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Rahami was suspected of planting a bomb that injured dozens of people. He shot two police officers. Yet, he was brought in alive.

Again, I’m glad. This is was first class police work and those officers put their lives on the line for us today. I tip my hat to them.

What I want to know is this: Can African-Americans all over the country get a little of that Ahmad Khan Rahami treatment?

The family of Terence Crutcher could’ve really used some of that Ahmad Khan Rahami police work.

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Instead, they got the firing squad, which is curious, because the FBI didn’t put an APB out for Terence. He didn’t plant a bomb. He wasn’t armed or dangerous. He wasn’t even a suspect.

The man’s car simply broke down in the middle of a busy Tulsa intersection as he left Tulsa Community College. When police saw Crutcher, they weren’t even there for him, but were on their way to another call.

Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Crutcher didn’t have a gun or shoot anyone. He didn’t even need the police. He needed a damn tow truck. Within minutes he was dead. Police shot and killed him right there next to his broken down SUV.

Eyewitnesses and those who’ve seen the videos say he was calm, methodical, and had his hands in the air when police shot and killed him.

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He was a beloved father, son, and friend. After he was shot, police allegedly provided no comfort or first aid. Instead, an officer could be overheard on the dispatch, reportedly looking at the deceased Crutcher and saying he looked like “one bad dude.”

Except he wasn’t.

Neither was Amadou Diallo.

Neither was John Crawford.

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Terence Crutcher (r.) was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Terence Crutcher (r.) was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Neither was Sean Bell.

But they all received firing squads who served as judge, jury, and executioner in one fell swoop.

Maybe if they had shot up a movie theater or a church or planted a bomb in Chelsea — they’d all be alive right now, but somebody would have to actually have wanted to take them in alive. Black folk don’t get that treatment.

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