Hinnant’s murder is being completely ignored by mainstream media in the US.
Cannon was riding his bike outside his house in Wilson, North Carolina when the black felon shot him in full view of Cannon’s two young sisters aged 8 and 7, and a neighbour. Sessoms lives next-door to the Hinnant’s.
“I saw him just run right up to him and [he] put the gun right up to his head and shot him,” neighbour Doris Labrant told WRAL. The black felon is being charged with first-degree murder.
No details about a possible motive for the shooting have been released, but according to police murder was not random. Labrant described how Sessoms ran up to Cannon, put the gun near his head and pulled the trigger, before running back to his own house.
Labrant said she thought the black man was simply playing with the kids. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.” But then she realized the gun was real when she saw Cannon’s father’s reaction.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office released a statement noting that “Sessoms was convicted of felony larceny of firearms in Wilson County in March 2016, misdemeanor maintaining a place for a controlled substance in Wake County in April 2016 and felony marijuana possession in Nash County in November 2016, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records.”
Cannon’s family and friends are demanding “Justice For Cannon” on social media. But Cannon’s death elicited little sympathy from a black New Jersey law-enforcement officer who said that the 5-year-old should have “ducked” the bullet.
Fox News reported that black detention officer Rome Smith of the Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Center commented on Facebook: “He should’ve ducked. Y’all always trying to sneak diss and discredit a black person being killed innocently by police. Blame cannon’s parents for not watching him!!!”
Many believe the killing was racially motivated, NJ.com reported.