It always comes as a shock when any young person loses their life to senseless acts of violence, but this couldn’t be truer when it come to the murder of Darren Seals. On September 6, 2016, Seals was found fatally shot inside of a Burning car in the Riverside area of St. Louis just before 2 a.m. (See Video Below)
County police spokesman Officer Benjamin Granda stated that “We are working with potential witnesses and doing everything we can, the same as we do in every case,” Granda then followed up by saying that “[the] police had no suspects.” and that “We need the community’s help on this.”
Now I have no doubt in my mind that the police are doing all that they can in order to bring Seals’ murders to justice (Side eye), but it all seems to be a bit TOO convenient when looking at the publicity that Seals was receiving nationally as a civil rights activist and speaker and at the commotion Seals was making for holding police officers in his community accountable for their actions.
Not even two months ago, Seals tweeted that he and his 14-year-old brother were pulled over at gunpoint by police who warned him to “choose your enemies wisely.”
We have already seen the acts of police brutality towards black men (and women) all over the country and have even witnessed many of these horrible acts on camera, yet all too often do we not see police officers held accountable for their actions.
What upsets me and makes me question the validity of the homicide investigations (besides the fact that Seals already stated that he was being threatened by police officers) is that fact that when the St. Louis police gave the victim’s first name, they spelled it as “Daren,” Any quick google search would show you that the victim spelled his name as “Darren” and his social media accounts, local news and members of the community could show that. (Yes, people make mistakes. Myself included, but when you have such a prominent person as a victim, I would think someone would have double checked.) Now this whole investigation just screams foul play to me, and their credibility is not in question.
Either way, Seals will be missed. Lizz Brown, a local attorney for the St. Louis area, stated “(Seals) was a young man who cared deeply and passionately about his community…Whether he was paying for Christmas gifts for the kids in the neighborhood or organizing young people. He will be missed.”
We all hope that whoever did this is brought to justice and that real change can start happening here in America. Until next time…Take Chances. Make Mistakes. GET MESSY!