Where does justice come from? A better question — and one posed rhetorically by the Ohio State University Coalition for Black Liberation — is where justice doesn’t come from. The answer? “A cop’s bullet.”
According to the school newspaper, The Lantern, Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s name has been added to an “in memoriam” list of people of color killed by police officers in the past two months. Artan was the Somali Muslim who drove his SUV into a crowd on campus late last month, then emerged brandishing a butcher’s knife. This he used to inflict wounds on nine victims before he was felled by a bullet fired by a campus police officer at the scene.
Within days, the officer, Alan Horujko, was tarred and feather by the liberal media for having “rushed to judgment.” One commentator, Nomiki Konst, opined to Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly that Horujko should have attempted merely to wound Artan — a view that is both unrealistic and, more importantly, baffling.
But the OSU Coalition for Black Liberation has taken that view to its illogical extrene. Maryam Abidi, a fourth-year coed majoring in women’s, gender and sexuality studies, is quoted as saying:
We broadened the scope of what today was supposed to be, to talk about the aftermath of what happened on the 28th — to talk about what it meant for that attack to happen and also for Ohio State to be a focal point for a lot of right-wing pundits, Islamophobia and xenophobia.
…The protest against police brutality extends to the innocent and the guilty alike, because we know that no matter the crime, justice and due process don’t come from a cop’s bullet.
Because of Horujko’s alert response, the number of injured people and nature of the injuries were minimized. Maybe Abidi and her group would have preferred a difference scenario in which other “people of color” died.