Detroit Police Release Video of Justified Shooting which lead to Protests

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On 10 July, 2020, at about 12:30 p.m., in Detroit, there was another police shooting. A young black man, Hakeem Littleton, 20, was shot and killed by Detroit police. Agitators quickly organized a protest, and gathered, claiming the shooting was not justified and Hakeem was unarmed.

The police were making an arrest in conjunction with a homicide which took place on 5 July. Hakeem Littleton was a bystander, who tried to prevent the arrest.

One of the protest organizers admitted it did not matter to her that Hakeem fired at police first. From mlive.com:

“They killed a man today,” Scorpio said, ” I don’t give a f**what happened, they shouldn’t have killed a man today…

“We are fighting for a system where the police shouldn’t have been there to begin with, the police shouldn’t be putting people in positions where they feel like they have to protect their lives because they see a badge.”

In the video, the action happens very rapidly. Hakeem reaches into his pocket, and pulls out a Beretta .25 auto. He fires two shots at an officer's head, but misses from a few feet away. Another six shots were fired very quickly, four from an officer, and two more from Hakeem. The last two may have been fired when Hakeem was on the ground.

Chief Craig was quick to release the body camera video, only a few hours after the incident happened.

The clearest view of the incident in the video clips is that of the officer who fired the shots which struck and killed Hakeem Littleton. You see, from the officer's viewpoint, the initial shots. You see him obtain a flash sight picture with a two-handed hold, and fire, very quickly.

Screenshot from Detroit Police Body Camera, cropped, scaled, arrow and text added by Dean Weingarten.

The Detroit police are following the model of the San Diego police, who successfully released video of a shooting that occurred on June 28, 2020, in downtown San Diego.

The important thing is to get the information out before the false narrative has a chance to be embedded in the media and culture.

The opposite happened in the George Floyd case. In Minneapolis, the Mayor and Police Chief have fought to keep the body camera video from the public. The attorneys for the police have been fighting to have it released. A transcript was released on 7 July.

Police Chief Craig is one of the new breed of Police Chiefs who have embraced concealed carry by the population. He was able to do so because of previous experience in Maine, and because Detroit was undergoing bankruptcy, which freed him from control by the Mayor and City Council. This is a model that should be followed in other major cities.

Police in large metropolitan areas have historically been political tools of the City politicians.

It appears to be a better system if the police chief is independent, much as a county sheriff is. That allows the voters to hold the Chief directly responsible.

Combat the lies with facts quickly enough, with evidence, and the false narratives used by those who want to destroy the United States, can be combated effectively.

We are entering an age where there will be video of nearly everything that happens. The old era of being able to lie about what happened is rapidly going away.

Video clips can be misleading, of course. Knowing how to make videos and place them on the Internet, is becoming as important a skill in preserving liberty as knowing how to load and shoot firearms.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Finnky
Finnky
26 days ago

Have always heard what poor shot should cops are. This video certainly contradicts that statement. He was able to confidently fire at target quite close to another officer and did so quite quickly.

Good job. Please keep up the good work.

Oldman
Oldman
26 days ago

It is indeed rare in these days of our Republic, that the evidence of this came out in such a clear and concise way. Thank God the only one that got really hurt won’t get a chance to kill another Police officer again.

tortugabob
tortugabob
26 days ago

A happy ending story.

Buster
Buster
26 days ago

” I don’t give a f**what happened, they shouldn’t have killed a man today…”

Obviously, the Detroit Police don’t understand black privelege.

hoss
hoss
26 days ago

Surely whoever it was that started the rumor saying he wasn’t armed should be arrested.
It doesn’t really surprise me that there are people out there who don’t care about right, or wrong. All they see is people in authority doing what is right.
They are animals, thugs, and the worst racist scum I’ve ever encountered, and I’m from the south.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
26 days ago

So the truth comes out, these domestic terrorists don’t care about anything except their agenda.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
26 days ago

Hakeem wasn’t very smart was he, first he was out numbered by the cops and he had a little pocket rocket 25cal verses the cops, who either carry a 40cal glock or 9mm glock.
One less criminal on the street causing mayhem.

Finnky
Finnky
26 days ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

@Uncle Dudley – Seems he was unarmed – for any battle of wit.

Has Biden come out saying cops should have shot him in the legs yet?

Camotim
Camotim
27 days ago

Dumb ass liberals, and fake media, as well as ANTIFA/BLM terrorists, consider any shooting of a Black Person to be unjustified.

JPM
JPM
27 days ago

The media, social and mass, once again initially spread lies, fake news and misinformation before any facts are known. It’s always about the “scoop” and being first the break a story and the truth be damned.

Bob
Bob
27 days ago

Chances are this POS was involved in the earlier 5 Jul shooting for which the police were arresting his comrade. I don’t understand for the life of me why Rico Statutes aren’t used to arrest all these gang members en masse.

Rock
Rock
27 days ago

Hakeem WON’T do that again…
One less P.O.S. criminal.

Coelacanth
Coelacanth
27 days ago
Reply to  Rock

The removal of this cretin from the Gene Pool is the big bonus for society. Morons of his ilk think it’s a momentous occasion to impregnate a female.

Grigori
Grigori
27 days ago

Good shooting, Officer! DPD seems to have a rare good Chief for such a big city. May his days there be many, safe, and successful.

gregs
gregs
27 days ago
Reply to  Grigori

if you shoot at anybody, police or not, expect return fire. like freddie mercury said “another one bites the dust”.

he was on parole. isn’t it illegal for a person on parole to possess a firearm, much less carry concealed? was that firearm registered, stolen, did he have his foid card and concealed carry license on his person? inquiring minds want to know.

GUNFUN
GUNFUN
27 days ago

Suicide by cop

RoyD
RoyD
27 days ago

Another bad guy off the count. Always a good thing.