A man is behind bars after Memphis police say he shot two other men in the head during a dice game. Black on Black crime is out of control in cities across the country as murder rates climb to record highs. What will it take to stop this senseless violence?
BLM silent as Black on Black murder rates rise
Last September, a woman told police she was at her apartment at Highland Meadows watching her boyfriend and two other men play dice for money. She said she saw one of the men pull several thousand dollars out of his pocket and show it to the others, according to an affidavit.
Damean Hickman, 41, her next-door neighbor, then allegedly walked up, pulled a gun and shot one of the men in the head. He then allegedly shot another man in the face, according to the affidavit. The woman said Hickman beat one of the victim’s face with the gun, causing the victim to drop the money in his hand.
When the woman’s boyfriend tried to intervene, Hickman pointed a gun at him and told him to get back, according to the affidavit. Hickman picked up the money and ran. He took $4,860, according to the affidavit. Both victims were taken to Methodist University Hospital in critical condition. One was put on a ventilator.
In October 2020, one victim was still in critical condition with a bullet in his brain that cannot be removed, according to the affidavit. Hickman is charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Employing a Firearm during Commission of a Dangerous Felony.
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American cities are no longer safe
Memphis’s homicide rate in 2021 is continuing at the same deadly pace as last year’s record-breaking 332 killings. Several months into 2021, there have been a total of 55 homicides in Memphis, said Lt. Karen Rudolph, Memphis police public information officer. Police consider 46 of those homicides to be murders, Rudolph said, a category that excludes some justified and negligent killings.
This time last year there were 29 murders and Memphis has surpassed that by 17, Rudolph said. Just over the weekend, at least seven people were shot and killed, according to the Memphis Police Department Twitter account. BLM did not march and the mainstream media didn’t even report on it. Just another day in the ghetto.
The killings came on the same weekend as the second Unity Walk Against Gun Violence where more than 500 people took to the streets of Whitehaven on Saturday to march against gun violence.
This isn’t a gun issue. It’s a culture issue. We must return to Christian values, prioritize family and education, and only then will we see our way out of this mess. Is it possible? I’m not optimistic.