Cross post from Lingit Latseen
Williams, 50, was fatally shot Monday afternoon by a Seattle police officer who saw him on a downtown street holding a folding knife and carrying a piece of wood. Police say Williams ignored several orders to drop the knife before the officer opened fire.
Why would he be carrying a folding knife and a block of wood?
Williams was from a carving family at his reservation, back in British Columbia and his talent showed in the figures he sold on the street, Codd said. Williams often carved miniature totem poles and sold them for far less than they were worth, Codd said. “It was fine work, nothing rough about it.”
He used the money from selling his artwork not only for himself, but to buy food for his friends or anyone who needed it.
Our response should be as follows:
Take a look at this mans face. Because he is one of us. He could be my uncle, your brother, your father.