I’ve just read about the gunning down of 13-year-old eight grade boy, Andy Lopez, by a deputy sheriffs in California, He was not threatening anyone. The deputies saw him walking down the street carrying what to the cops looked like an AK-47 but was actually a replica gun. They pulled their car up behind him, got out and dropped behind the door and ordered him to drop the weapon. When he didn’t, they opened fire on him shooting at least seven times. They felt their lives were in danger. According to the assistant principal at the school, “Andy was a very loved student, a very popular, very handsome young man, very smart and capable.’
The cops will have Andy pointing the gun at them in a threatening manner. Nothing will happen to them for their mistaken belief that took the life of this 13-year-old boy. But aren’t you feeling there’s too many wrongful killings by the cops.
I know you’re all tired of me talking about the killing of Todashev. In truth it can never be justified that’s why the FBI is trying to have it go away by ignoring calls for an explanation. When you come down to it, how does the FBI justify the situation where six or more armed cops are in a room, or are in and in close proximity to it, with one guy who has a gimpy knee and is unarmed and they gun him down because he may have acted up.
I’m sorry if you think I’m pushing this too much but as I have been suggesting there’s way too many shoot first stories coming out and now we see a 13-year-old boy killed.
The Patriot Ledger told us in June about the state trooper who killed a man armed with a pen at 8:00 am on Route 28 near Chickatawbut Road in Milton. That killing was determined to be justifiable by DA Morrissey.
I’ve posted on the shooting of the unarmed Miriam Carey by the Capitol Police in DC. That can best be described as a situation of cops gone wild since the matter should have been handled without any shooting at all. The DC police chief said they acted heroically.
Then there’s the mid-October shooting of Bobby Bennet, 52, a man with mental problems. His mother had a fight with him and called the Dallas police. Two cops came and saw him sitting in the driveway. Officer Carden Spencer reported that Bobby came at him with a knife, forcing him to shoot. The Dallas police issued a news release stating “the incident escalated which led an officer to fire his weapon” and charged Bennett with aggravated assault.”
Unfortunately for the cops there was a video that shows Bobby was standing 15 to 20 feet away from the cops with his hands at his side when he was shot. Damn it’s hard to lie anymore with all these people with video cameras. The aggravated assault charges were dropped.
Of course there’s the 60-year-old Roy Middleton in Florida who went out to his car to look for a package of cigarettes around two in the morning last July. Someone called the cops and they arrived to see him getting out of his car. They told him to put his hands up. He thought nothing of it. According to the sheriff, he“made a lunging motion” out of the car causing them to “fear for their safety.” They opened fire on him firing at least 15 rounds.
Then there’s the mid-September story of the Jonathon Ferrell whose car broke down and he went to a nearby house looking for help. The occupant called the police. Three cops responded. He was tazered twice and one fired 12 times at him hitting him ten times. He was unarmed.
But we can’t forget this which happened on the same day: “Two NYPD cops opened fire at a deranged man a block from Times Square — as he pretended to point a gun at them — but instead struck a pair of innocent bystanders Saturday night, police said.”
Then there’s the early October killing of a man Jack Roberson in his living room in Georgia. The cops claimed he came at them with a knife, his family said he was unarmed.
None of these people who were shot at were in reality any threat to the cop except perhaps the incident in Milton with the state trooper who was alone and the victim kept coming at him. In all the other situations the cops may have thought they were justified in using lethal force but they were wrong since their lives were never in danger. It is something that should be troublesome to all of us.