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From: lord_kook Date: January 7th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sucks really bad when you think you're reaching for a Taser and you pull out a .38 instead.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: January 8th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
totally, and even more when you fire the "taser" (at close range, on an enclosed, crowded train platform, after taking off the safety and *cocking* it - do you even have to cock a taser?) while thinking you'll teach some punk a lesson, and then he doesn't even live long enough to learn it. yeah, that would suck.

although... it probably doesn't suck anywhere near as much as it would suck to be shot to death on your belly on a bart platform at 2am on new years, in the presence of several transit cops.

please don't tell me "oh he was fighting on the train" since (a) no one involved has said that *he* was involved in the train scuffle in any way - even BART admits that is unknown - and (b) even if he was, that is not a capital offence; much less one deserving of an instant, execution-style death.

I have little sympathy for the cop. sure, he totally fucked up and it is highly unlikely that he intended to *kill* Mr Grant - however it should also be remembered that a taser is supposed to be considered *deadly force* (people can and do die from it) and therefor NOT supposed to be fired at close quarters with a big crowd around.

now I hear that the cop has resigned rather than give a statement to the BART internal investigation. that certainly makes him look bad, no matter what the other facts are. it kinda reminds me of when Clinton was facing the Lewinsky scandal, and came up with some very weaselly, lawyerish moves to try to keep out of it. it backfired by making him look even more guilty.

honestly, I think this guy is scared and taking advice from a lawyer who is thinking like a lawyer and forgetting about the court of public opinion (where his client will, unavoidably, also be tried). and, no matter what happens, the dead guy is still dead - which sucks most of all, for everyone.

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