In the ultimate ironic twist of fate a prominent Black Lives Matter activist is calling for more police presence, intervention, and protection after being a victim of armed robbery. Jerry Ford Jr is an outspoken member of his local Black Lives Matter movement. The recent graduate of the University of Houston spent much of his student career speaking out against what he calls police abuses of power and “bad cops”.
Ford quickly changed his tune after a gun toting criminal robbed him outside his apartment complex. Ford lives only a few blocks from the University and is now calling on the University and local authorities to increase police presence in the area between the campus and the apartment complex he, and many other students from the school, live in.
Ford states he saw the man outside his apartment and mistook him for a fellow student. The man asked him if he had a key. Ford replied that he did and turned around to open the door, when he turned back to the man he was shocked to be staring down the barrel of a pistol. He told reporters:
“I reach in right here to open the door, and I turn back around and he has the gun right there in my face,”
The man made off with Ford’s wallet and cell phone. Local and university police do not patrol the area, which is a few blocks from the University. Ford is now demanding that either police force begins patrolling the area. He claims that he was never anti-police and is only anti-“bad” police. He also claims that he is advocating for the safety of other students when requesting increased patrols. He stated:
“It’s becoming a pattern. I hope they would take a bigger stance and put more security over here because you have a lot of people walking back and forth to class,”
Local and university police have not yet determined whether they will increase patrols in the area. Ford is currently running for Texas State Representative and hopes to reform police policies if successful.