November 23, 2006

Tough call?

For many people, if they live to the nice old age of 92, they are not necessarily equally blessed to still have their hearing and eye sight intact, let alone their target shooting skills.

Not so, it would seem, for the 92 year old woman shot dead by police in America.

Yes, I know: it sounds like a bad PR exercise, an impossible situation, a potentially monstrous basket of recriminations for the police.

Yes, Reverend Markel Hutchins, a civil rights leader, has said that the [the woman’s] family deserves an apology.

"Of the police brutality cases we've had, this is the most egregious because of the woman's age," Hutchins said.

Really Reverend; you’re serious?

This wasn’t a tough call for the police, all three of whom were shot by the nonagenarian, before she was felled.

“One was hit in the arm, another in a thigh and the third in a shoulder.”

When three police officers have been shot, should they really feel obliged to request age identification before deciding whether to fire back, with lethal force?

I don’t think so.


  1. The story makes no sense at all.

    Eighth paragraph: "The officers had a legal warrant, 'knocked and announced' before they forced open the door and were justified in shooting once fired upon, he said."

    Very next paragraph: "

    As the plainclothes Atlanta police officers approached the house about 7pm local time, a woman inside started shooting, striking each of them, said Officer Joe Cobb, a police spokesman.

    So, were they approaching the house or had they already forced the door? after she started shooting they forced open the door? And who did the shooting from the cops' side? Was it the three wounded (plainclothes) officers, or some other cops with them? Maybe I'll just shut up and google.

  2. There was lots of gun fire.

    It was all very confusing with bullets whizzing around.

    Everyone was shot.

    Some less so than others.

    No one knows the sequence of events.

    The End.