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A Deaf Native American Man fatally killed by Seattle Cop

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The fatal shooting of a First Nations carver John T. Williams, 50, a member of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Dititdaht First Nations people on Vancouver Island, was killed by officer Ian Birk Monday afternoon. Birk saw Williams with a 3 inch knife and repeatedly told him to drop it just before shooting Williams four times from a distance of 9 to 10 feet. Williams, it turned out, was a First Nations totem carver carrying a 3-inch folding knife, and a chronic inebriate, who had told people he was deaf in one ear, and often had trouble understanding what was said to him. A witness said "I could only see the gentleman's back, and he didn't look aggressive at all. He didn't even look up at the officer." This tragedy should never have happened. He was doing nothing wrong, he was trying to make a living as he walked the streets of Seattle. Many people who known John, said he was nice and had a great heart. A friend commented about him--> "I knew John very well, he did not have a violent or aggressive bone in his body, nor could he move fast enough to be a threat to anybody. The only thing he could be a threat to is a piece of yellow cedar." We shall NOT be silent! We all should get up and do something about it. We will protest and speak out against that monster officer Ian Birk. We demand JUSTICE.

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