Monday, April 14, 2008

Blaming the wrong people

One sentence stood out in a recent Associated Press dispatch from Philadelphia about the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Timothy Goode Jr. by police in January: "Goode's family faults police for the shooting." Now, if young Mr. Goode, who was a great-nephew of former Philly Mayor Wilson Goode Jr., had been collecting money for the poor or helping a little old lady across the street when he was shot to death, one could understand the family's position. But, police say, Timothy Goode aimed a gun at officers and dropped 45 vials of crack cocaine during the altercation. The family apparently believes it's OK to point a gun at an officer and to carry mass quantities of illegal drugs. It seems every time someone gets killed by a police officer, it's always the fault of the police. And if the victim happens to be black and the officer white, the outcry is a thousands times louder. Well, you know what? Sometimes people do things that warrant their being shot by police. And sad as it is to lose a young life, maybe Mr. Goode got exactly what he deserved.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I was saying the same thing about a month ago when I stated that a kid out stealing a car on Christmas Eve might have been better off today if he was home spending time with his family clebrating the birth of our savior.

On second thought, maybe if he was with someone elses family.

Instead, he was shot to death by police when he ran and they thought he had a gun.

Now his father is going to collect 28 million dollars, which I'm sure he deserves for his contributions to society.

April 14, 2008 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

We all did stupid things when we were kids, or as in the case in Philadelphia, young adults, but it never occurred to me to steal a car or point a gun at a police officer. It's so easy for people to sit back in the safety of their homes and question a split-second decision that a police officer has to make when confronted with the possibility of bodily harm or even death. There's an old saying that if you lie down with dogs, you're going to get fleas. Well, if you ride around in stolen cars and point guns at police officers, you just might get shot, and I just might not feel the least bit sorry for you.

April 14, 2008 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Scott Beveridge said...

Too bad that guns don't come with erasers, according to the book, "The Tender Bar."

April 14, 2008 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I've often said that if you are willing to shoot a cop, then you are beyond help or rehabilitation. You see, if you don't fear the police or what can happen if you shoot a cop, then you have no fear of anything. He got what he deserves. Good riddance. We have to have some sort of boundaries.

April 15, 2008 at 8:58 PM  

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