- In the wake of a third police-involved shooting in as many weeks, acting Police Supt. Dana Starks offered assurances Friday that the department thoroughly investigates such cases, following the evidence wherever it leads. [...]
But minutes later, Tonson's grandmother stood outside the building with large tears rolling down her cheeks, explaining carefully that in light of the three shootings of African-American males, she does not believe police can do what Starks said.
"Do you think we should trust what they say?" said Gloria Simmons. "No. No. No. ... If you are that scared of these little black boys, get off the police force."
We're getting damn sick and tired of being the media's whipping boy over and over again when they publish this clap trap.
And speaking of clap trap, this from the Tribune:
- Holding signs saying, "Police: No Kill Zone," dozens of community activists marched in the Loop on Saturday, protesting the third police shooting this month.
"What happened to the days when the police would say, 'Halt' or wound somebody?" said Rev. Steve Greer Jr., pastor of Christian Valley Baptist Church in North Lawndale, whose congregants come from the West Side. "Why do they have to shoot to kill?"
As for shooting to kill, that's part and parcel of training, too. Aim for center mass, remove the threat. We aren't trained to wound. When deadly force is threatened or implied by an offender. especially one who isn't following verbal direction, then deadly force is authorized by law. Why is it we've never ever seen an intelligent reverend? Is stupidity required for a divinity degree?