25 April 2008

Surely this will not stand.


AP
"3 NYPD detectives acquitted in 50-shot killing"

I can't bear to reprint the story here. But if you want the details, click on the link.

50 shots.

Acquitted.

That's a whole lot of crazy.


I will leave you with the last line of the story: "The truth emerged when the smoke cleared: There was no weapon inside Bell's blood-splattered car."

4 comments:

Gilahi said...

Astonishing. We sometimes don't get all the facts from the news, but it's pretty hard to "spin" 50 shots at an unarmed person. One has to wonder at what point (2 shots? 10? 30?) did someone say, "maybe that's enough."

j.m. tewkesbury said...

Yeah. I saw that, too. And we wonder why people of color don't trust the police in this country. Frankly, I'm reaching a point where I don't trust them either.

Thanks for stopping by today, btw.

Bilbo said...

I'm pretty conflicted on this one: on the one hand, the judge apparently based his decision on his perception of the character and veracity of some of the witnesses; on the other...50 shots? At what point didn't someone realize no one was shooting back? I think we sometimes hold the police to an unfair standard, but this is just wrong.

lacochran said...

Thanks to all for your comments. I think the job of the police is probably one of the toughest there is and I wouldn't want it.

That said, I think these kinds of horrible incidents and the responses that ensue make it much harder for other cops to do their jobs and do them well.