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Carjacker Had ‘Ghost Gun,’ Five Outstanding Warrants, Felony Record

Posted on | February 4, 2022 | Comments Off on Carjacker Had ‘Ghost Gun,’ Five Outstanding Warrants, Felony Record

Say hello to Robert Seth Carter, 32, and while you’re at it, you can also say good-bye, because last month he was shot to death by police in San Jose, California. There were no riots. Ben Crump didn’t hold a press conference “demanding justice” for Carter. CNN ignored this police shooting for the obvious reason that Carter is white and was shooting at the cops when they shot back. Had he survived, he would have been charged with a long list of felonies, but there were four cops and they lit him up pretty good, so we may now speak of him in the past tense:

“Carter is prohibited from processing any firearm due to prior felony convictions,” [San Jose Police Chief Anthony] Mata said. “Carter is a San Jose resident, currently had five felony warrants for his arrest and is on probation for battery.”

“Prior felony convictions . . . on probation” — another case of the revolving-door criminal justice system in California, where Democrats have striven to make it nearly impossible to put anybody in prison. Junkies shooting up in public and defecating on the sidewalk? Not a crime in California. Walking out of Walgreens with $900 of stolen merchandise? Not a crime in California. The reason for this leniency is “social justice,” i.e., that if you put all the criminals in prison, too many black and brown people will be locked up. But leniency also benefits white criminals like Carter, who should have been in prison but was instead on a criminal rampage in San Jose:

San Jose police on [Jan. 21] said the suspect in a carjacking who was shot and killed by police earlier this week had a “ghost gun” on him and was wanted on five felony warrants.
Police Chief Anthony Mata identified the man as 32-year-old Robert Seth Carter.
Mata said he drove through downtown East San Jose in a stolen Toyota Camry on Wednesday and then to Santa Clara where he tried to carjack a woman at gunpoint but quickly abandoned that plan.
“He was unsuccessful with that attempted carjacking. But it was very apparent at that scene that he was armed with a gun. So we knew he was armed,” Sgt. Christian Camarillo said earlier.
Police said Carter then sped south, back into San Jose, where he collided with two passengers in another vehicle at Hedding and Park avenues about 6 p.m. where it all came to a violent conclusion.
Carter got out of the stolen car – witnesses say with gun-in-hand – and allegedly opened fire at responding police officers. One officer fired back and hit Carter at least once, Mata said.
Three more officers arrived and saw Carter still holding the gun, according to police. The four police officers fired their weapons at least once, striking Carter multiple times. Carter fell to the ground and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit arrived. A police dog bit Carter’s leg to pull him away.
Some of what transpired was captured on video from a helicopter as well as from the officers body-worn cameras.
“Obviously fearing for their lives, they were engaged by gunfire from the suspect, our officers on scene returned fire,” Camarillo said.
Carter was handcuffed by officers, who gave him First Aid. He was then taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead there.
None of the four officers has been identified. All are on paid administrative leave.
Police said Carter was found with a gun still in his hand after police opened fire and they produced a picture of the weapon at a news conference.
The shooting is the first by San Jose police officers this year. Last year, officers were involved in two on-duty shootings, both of which were fatal.

The whole purpose of that Jan. 21 press conference was to prove to the public that Carter deserved to be shot by cops, and they had screenshots from the aerial surveillance video to prove Carter was armed and pointing his gun at officers. One aspect of the post-George Floyd environment is that police departments everywhere are now doing this “transparency” thing, which I wholly endorse because it creates a mountain of public evidence proving what we already knew, i.e., that police are almost always justified in the use of deadly force. The “bad shoots” are a rarity, and the available evidence — which, as I say, is now piling up in public as a result of press conferences like this one in San Diego — absolutely contradicts the “social justice” narrative of trigger-happy racist police killing unarmed black suspects. The fact that the suspect in this case was white is sort of icing on the cake, reminding the world that cops kill white criminals, too, and white people don’t have a problem with that.

Where does the “ghost gun” aspect of this story fit in the narrative? Well, criminals have all kinds of ways to get guns — stealing them, to cite one obvious example — but they can’t get guns (“ghost” or otherwise) if they’re in prison, which is where they would be if it weren’t for the lenient policies demanded by the “social justice” crowd. Put the criminals in prison, and then they won’t be carjacking you, or getting shot by the cops.



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