Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Finally, Someone Making Sense

Dennis Byrne, a Tribune editorial writer that we agree with about as often as we disagree with him, writes this article Monday that takes certain segments of society to task for misguided outrage:
  • Residents of the Near North Side Cabrini-Green low-income housing project may have a lot to complain about, but not the shooting of a 14-year-old boy who menaced police officers with a gun.

    It doesn't matter that the boy was wielding "only" a BB gun that happened to look like the real thing. When you show police officers any kind of weapon, fake or otherwise, you shouldn't be outraged when cops defend themselves. Even if the weapon can "only" fire a projectile at 400 feet a second.
Go read the whole thing, for it actually makes sense. And that is a rarity in the media nowadays.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a thread on Commander Matthews and the now infamous 019th District invasion to rescue his son?

8/14/2006 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well written article.

8/15/2006 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Sabian said...

Nice job Dennis. Speak the truth.

I have been hearing the sad excuses almost my entire life. I grew up near Cermak and Whipple. When MLK was murdered, the neighborhood got trashed by the model students at Harrison High School. Even Pajda's Bakery at 25 and Whipple got windows smashed and bakery thrown into the street like the plot was hatched in the bakery or something. It is no surprise there is no thanks for closing those open air ops. That created more jobs than any big box ordinance.....now a few soldiers can move into a spot where they can sling a little dope and buy those rims, bling, and plasma TV. It's dog eat dog in the Wild Kingdom. It's just too bad tose really young and impressionable kids are being taught about racism and how the police are their enemy. Really a shame.

8/15/2006 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anybody relate to the fact that P.O.'s have seconds to react??? I've been through the BB-gun trail and I sit there and think of what could have happened to the offender I was responding to....Dont blame the police....I blame poor parenting....raise your kids and dont have people who dont care about your kids raise them with shitty values.....

8/15/2006 01:50:00 AM  
Blogger dilligaf said...

Dennis Byrne, holy shiite, you stepped up to the plate, knowing full well you may be excommunicated by your peers but, I got your back. May not mean much now, but, thanks.

8/15/2006 01:56:00 AM  
Blogger Murphy40pct said...

Great article. Surprised it got printed. It is almost comical how politically correct, left leaning and intellectually empty the media in general is. Say what you want about talk radio and Fox News-they and other things (blogs) offer a nice outlet for information not controlled by the left. Those leftys who so hypocriticaly demand rights REALLY don't want anyone else to have free speech. Just ask our resident lefty the Castro supporter. The Tribune showed a tiny bit of what could really bring around change in the black communitty-the truth.

8/15/2006 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No comment from Donahue or the $2000 a month FOP mouth piece. The commentary will be when the membership throws Donahue (aka Nolan) and his flunkies out next time.

8/15/2006 06:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are treated by fop and the city like crap because we allow them to!

8/15/2006 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Important proposals to vote on in September! Don't let the FOP ram these two down our throats before they are themselves ousted! Read them, make an informed decision, vote!

8/15/2006 06:47:00 AM  
Blogger AchemsRazor said...

Does anyone remember (and correct me if my memory is faulty) but several years ago there was an incident or two like this. Back when the FATS system was being utilized at the academy. Weren't a few reporters and other news personel invited to take part in some "shoot/don't shoot" training scenarios? And from what I recall all performed very poorly. I just remember one quote in the paper something to the tune of "I don't know how anyone could react that fast". Maybe it's time to show them again.

8/15/2006 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if that was a white commander storming into 5 pushing everyone around with his gang banger son (who is a banger with a badge) he would be fired and we'd all be in racial sensitivity training! this department is a joke!

8/15/2006 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger fillmoreranger said...

achemsrazor... actually it was nationally telivized event where some of the more liberal media who constantly decried police shootings were given the chance i believe there was on situation with a deafmute on the RR tracks reaching for his wallet he got killed every time. it was on in 1982 if i remember correctly where i was when i saw it

8/15/2006 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Fed Up said...

Posted at dennisbyrne.blogspot.com:

Dennis,

Great article. My most sincere appreciation goes out to you for printing something that will probably never see the light of day again.

My favorite sign from the protest was "Police = Terrorists". Personally, having worked in the area as a police officer, I always felt it was the gun-toting, gang-banging dope dealers that were the terrorists. Evidently I must have been mistaken. While I admit that some nefarious activity has been attributed to police officers (Burge, etc...), I can't for the life of me figure out why every time something happens, it's always the same rhetoric. A bit of free advice for the protesters: Pick something that happened recently. And for those who claim nothing was done, Burge was fired! As far as jail time goes, that's another story. But, the statute of limitations is for everyone, not just your friends.
A last bit of trivia for you Dennis to end with. How many bullet holes are in the Fire Department building at the corner of Larrabee and Division and who was responsible and why? And, to answer your question, no, it wasn't the police!!!

8/15/2006 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello people. the kids family is one of the MAIN criminal family's that run Cabrini. makes sense where he learned to carry a fake gun or real around with him, let alone point it at the police. Good job to the police. thumbs down to the media and the dept big wigs that put their skirts on and let the thugs from cabrini rant and rave while we all stood around and did nothing.

8/16/2006 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you believe someone asked me if the police had to shoot this animal (14 year old from the green)5 times. My reply was "obviously not enough".

8/16/2006 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not able to to get the article from the tribune. Can someone post it if it is not too long.

Thanks!

8/17/2006 02:43:00 AM  

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