PK NOTE: Their Lives Matter Too. It’s a book you must pick up. Names you’ve never encountered, stories you’ve never read about, all for one, unmentionable reason: black on white murder. We were never supposed to notice what’s happening. We were never supposed to catalogue the names and tell their stories. But we did. But we have. Their Lives Matter Too.
It becomes apparent when you look at crime and, in particular, interracial crime, in America, were we to have an honest conversation about race, you’d be bombarded with images of black-on-white violence on a shocking basis.
In actuality, it would be ceaseless, a never-ending assault of racial realities, which long ago convinced our ancestors to pass laws protecting the white majority from the black criminality even W.E.B. Dubois knew to be the truth.Yes, even at the turn of the 19th century into the 20th, racial patterns in crime were evident.
Imagine opening up your door and seeing three black males, one of whom was on parole for a shooting five years prior when he was only fifteen.
It would be the last image you’d see on this earth. [Second suspect charged in fatal Erie shooting, GoErie, April 16, 2020]:
Teen is accused of taking part in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old city man in December.
A 25-year-old Erie man fatally shot in the doorway of his eastside residence in early December was mortally wounded as three males armed with a handgun attempted to rob him, according to information outlined in the criminal complaint of a teenager charged in the case on Wednesday.
Damarjon D. Beason, 17, was taken into police custody on Wednesday morning and was later arraigned by Erie 3rd Ward District Judge Tom Carney on charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault and robbery.
Beason was charged under the Fisher Bill, a state law that permits juveniles accused of committing violent crime to be charged as adults.
Beason is charged in the shooting death of 25-year-old Patric Phillips on the late afternoon of Dec. 7. Derrick D. Elverton, 19, of Erie, was charged in the case on Feb. 11 and is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 1.
Officers who responded to a residence in the 700 block of East 24th Street after the shooting was reported on Dec. 7 at 5:48 p.m. found Phillips dead in the doorway of the residence.
An autopsy determined that Phillips died of at least two gunshot wounds, one to the head and one to the neck, Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said.
According to police, Phillips was inside his residence with two other people when someone knocked on the back door. Phillips opened the door and was shot, police said.
Investigators reported at the time that several people were outside when the shooting happened, and that officers recovered at least one shell casing at the shooting scene.
Erie police initially released few details on the shooting, and the criminal complaint against Elverton was sealed. But new details emerged in the complaint filed against Beason.
According to detectives, three males confronted Phillips at the back door of his home after the suspects forced another person at gunpoint to knock on the door. The suspects fled after the shots were fired.
Officers who responded to the shooting canvassed the area and found a 9 mm handgun that was determined to be the murder weapon, an Apple iPhone and a jacket that matched the description of a jacket worn by one of the suspects, Erie police Detective Sgt. Michael Hertel and Detective Sgt. Craig Stoker wrote in the affidavit of probable cause filed with Beason’s complaint.
Detectives also obtained and reviewed surveillance video from cameras in the area that showed the suspects before and after the shooting. Video and other evidence led investigators to identify Elverton and Beason as two of the suspects, according to the affidavit.
The homicide investigation is ongoing, investigators said Wednesday.
Murdered, as he was answering his door, by three blacks. One of whom was on parole for a prior gun charge.
Welcome to America.
His name is Patric Phillips.
We were never supposed to catalogue the names and tell their stories. But we did. But we have. Their Lives Matter Too.