A Black 25-year-old was shot by Georgia police right outside of his job. Channel 2 News is reporting the victim’s name is Nicolas Thomas, but the police have yet to confirm his identity. It’s being reported that Thomas was in a Maserati when the police opened fire on him. We’re not saying this has anything to do with the shooting, but…doesn’t it?
An eyewitness is claiming that police opened fire on Thomas shortly after their arrival and he wasn’t driving towards him.
Nicolas Thomas’ father, Huey Thomas, told Channel 2 News at the scene, “I guess now, I just want to understand what happened, because I hear so often and here it is now. I’m a professional, my wife is a professional and we have a kid that’s dead.” A Black man’s background doesn’t matter when he faces off with police.
The Root is reporting that police are still gathering information and have yet to confirm how many of the six officers who were on the scene actually opened fire. The police claim they were in fear of their lives. Thomas’ parents can’t believe they have lost a son over what they describe as a traffic warrant and want to know what happened. “He was a lovable guy,” mother Felicia Thomas told the news station. “He was just a lovable guy. He would do anything for everybody. He just loved cars. He loved his family. He just had a baby. His baby is not even 5-months-old.”
Sad. Even though Thomas had a record, that doesn’t justify how violent the police behaved towards him. And with the multiple bullet holes that were in the car, you can tell these officers were shooting to kill. Our prayers go out to the Thomas family.