I know that there are always two sides to every story and how important it is to have patience and tolerance while collecting evidence.
I have always tried to speak my truth quietly and clearly while listening to others; even the ignorant, for they too have their story. Having said this, I watched the video footage of Dylan Noble and the Fresno Police Department, and I had one nagging thought: This could have been my son.
Dylan was not a famous doctor, a war hero or a sports figure. He was a 19-year-old who was pulled over for the first time in his young life for “peeling out,” and then faced veteran police officers with drawn guns.
Yes, both of his hands were not always up in the air. He staggered, he evidently yelled, “I (expletive) hate my life;” he was shot twice by a handgun and then twice by a shotgun. The question is, was this all necessary?
I don’t know of many teens who, at some point, don’t express that they “hate their life.” The police have a very hard job, and I am grateful for all that they do. They are under a lot of extra stress with the current events going on around the country and they deserve our support.
On the other hand, Dylan could have been my son.
Tina Jo Johnson, Fresno