*This man has not necessarily claimed an official association with the Black Lives Matter movement, but he’s close enough in an unofficial way.
That said, Quanell X, leader of the New Black Panther Party in Houston, Texas, has admitted he is “at war” with what he calls “bad cops.” But he follows that remark up by clarifying, “Not ALL cops.” And with the recent execution-style killing of Deputy Darren Goforth…
He is out to prove this.
In an interview with KTRK-TV, Mr. X states his issues with these bad cops stem from ”Police brutality.”
But in an act that will most likely turn many heads of those who want to hate on any movement in support of Black people or #Black LivesMatter, X recognizes that Goforth, who was shot down last week at a Houston gas station while fueling his car, was one of the “good ones” and even raised money for the fallen deputy.
Goforth was mourned and laid to rest last Friday.
X states that “…from everything that we’ve learned and we’ve seen, Deputy Goforth was a good one.”
And in an act of respect and compassion, X and other activists set themselves up outside of a Houston Denny’s restaurant and proceeded to raise funds to go towards the Goforth children’s education.
I would be remiss if I didn’t say I’d like to see how this generous action is received by the family. Especially seeing as how it was a black man allegedly responsible for Goforth’s death.
A Gofundme page set up to raise money for Goforth raised nearly $300, 000 in two days.
Kenny Nguyen, a young Asian man who had run-ins with the deputy over a four-year period, but was never arrested by Goforth until just this summer recently stated:
“I met a lot of cops in my life and usually I don’t like 95 percent of them,” Nguyen said. “But Goforth was different; there was just a vibe he threw out. I never disrespected him.”
The bad boy and the deputy apparently had a long history with Goforth doing patrol in Nguyen’s neighborhood. Eventually, Nguyen grew to trust the officer.
“I remember back in the day I used to do a lot of bad things, and he was always the officer on duty,” said Nguyen. “Last June, he finally did, after four years, he finally busted me,” said Nguyen.
Quanell X told KPRC-TV he doesn’t want people to misconstrue the intentions of his activism. “It’s important that we send a message that we don’t hate all cops, that we love good police officers.”