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Keith was a man who lived and worked in Raleigh, NC after moving here from New Jersey. People who knew him loved him. He was born with a few physical and mental disabilities; according to family, he had the comprehension level of a third grader. On January 30th of this year, he was shopping at the Pleasant Valley Promenade. Right off of Glenwood Avenue. In the parking lot of Big Lots, Police Officer W. B. Tapscott of the RPD made the decision to follow and engage him. Why? He was “acting shady” and wore a gold letterman jacket “as if he was getting ready to go on Saturday Night Live.” Collins has done nothing wrong. The officer drives next to him. Collins raises his hands momentarily before deciding to run. He had done nothing wrong. The officer chases him, draws his weapon, and orders Collins to raise his hands. He had done nothing wrong. According to the officer, he saw Collins draw a BB gun from his waistband. Witness testimonies dispute this. The officer shot Keith Collins four times. Collins drops but is still able to move, so the officer fires three more shots. On the ground, he continues to struggle to move, so the officer fires four more shots. Collins was shot eleven times in total. He had done nothing wrong. He was 52 years old. He had the mental capacity of an 8 year old. He was rightly terrified of police. He was gunned down in broad daylight, because of what he wore and the color of his skin. If you still don’t believe in white privilege, I really don’t know what to tell you anymore. The officer, W. B. Tapscott, has not been charged.