Yes, it is a temptation to laugh at such a headline…if only the shooting hadn’t happened and killed two immigrants (that we know of). But, Mr. McCraw, the outspoken head of Texas Department of Public Safety says that had nothing to do with his kinder gentler new policy…
A friend just suggested I keep a file of such headlines…NOT THE ONION…. Good idea… feel free to send more… molly
“While announcing the new policy, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw insisted that the ban on aerial shootings had nothing to do with the October 2012 death of two Guatemalan immigrants, who were gunned down by troopers in helicopter while they were hiding in the back of a speeding pickup truck near La Joya.”
Holy Cow! What kind of reckless comment is this?
“In 25 years following police pursuits, I hadn’t seen a situation where an officer shot a speeding vehicle from a helicopter,” said Geoffrey Alpert, professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina. Such action would be reasonable only if “you know for sure the person driving the car deserves to die and that there are no other occupants.”
Since when does someone “deserve to die” at the hands of the police? Of course the police have the authority to use deadly force. But the way Mr. Alpert makes it sound: if the police feel someone deserves to die, then go ahead and kill them.