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Donkey Cartel, R.I.P.

Posted on | December 24, 2015 | 58 Comments

Another promising young performance artist has been slain by social injustice and pistol fire, but mainly it was pistol fire:

Daquan Westbrook, a rapper with an extensive arrest record, has been identified as the man killed in an officer-involved shooting at Northlake Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve.
Mr. Westbrook, 18, was a rapper who performed as “Donkey Cartel” and released a mixtape titled “Convicted Felon With a Weapon,” the cover of which shows him in a prison cell wearing an orange jumpsuit and making hand signs. . . .
Mr. Westbrook had a lengthy history of run-ins with the police, his record including at least 11 arrests since 2013, one of them related to the shooting of a 12-year-old boy.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the most recent arrests were in October and “were related to drugs, larceny and resisting arrest.”
A shoe store manager in the mall told CNN that the gunfight that prompted an off-duty officer to kill the gunman began when a group of people “ganged up” to attack a man.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a Thursday evening news conference that while he could not specifically say the shooting was gang-related, the altercation involved two groups with a history of feuding. . . .
The subjects involved all have a history of gun violence, he said.
Chief Putney said Mr. Westbrook was carrying a gun and pointed it at Officer Thomas Ferguson when the off-duty policeman tried to break up the fight, at which several shots were fired. Several guns were found at the scene, Chief Putney said.
The officer then killed Mr. Westbrook.

Merry Christmas and R.I.P., Donkey Cartel.



58 Responses to “Donkey Cartel, R.I.P.”

  1. Matthew W
    December 27th, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    I don’t know if he graduated or not, but if he had, all the media photos would be showing him in his cap and gown.( think Michael Brown and Laquan McDonald)

  2. Frankie
    December 27th, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

    There is a video of the kid coming around a display in the shoe store pulling a gun from his waistband. Right there is enough for the cop to drop him.

  3. ArtStoneUS
    December 28th, 2015 @ 7:01 am

    The owner of the mall is a national supporter of the right to legally carry in their malls, including Northlake

    However, no person under the age of 21 in NC is permitted to carry a handgun in public regardless of their criminal record and gun permits, so he could not legally possess the gun outside his home (exceptions exist for supervised use like at a gun range or during hunting season in rural areas)

  4. Truthteller
    December 28th, 2015 @ 10:08 am

    Stop it!! You make to much sense for some to understand……!

  5. mikegiles
    December 29th, 2015 @ 7:46 am

    Site? Source?

  6. pst314
    December 29th, 2015 @ 9:48 am

    Stop! Stop! You’re making a far too calmly reasoned argument!!!
    (For instance: How did that Chicago police officer. responding to a domestic disturbance call, manage to not only shoot and kill the mentally disturbed grandson who was charging with a baseball bat, but also kill the grandmother who opened the door for him?)

  7. pst314
    December 29th, 2015 @ 9:50 am

    I think from what we have seen so far the odds are overwhelming that end in the end it will be shown to have been a justified shoot. But you are right: more facts may come out which show otherwise.

  8. mikegiles
    December 30th, 2015 @ 8:15 am

    IOW, it’s easier for you to accept the “conventional wisdom”, which aligns with your prejudices, rather than put in the effort to think about it.