Eaton County, Michigan experienced two citizens killed by the county police in the last year. This is a high rate of death-by-cop considering our modest population.
The first death involved a young man "with a record" violating parole. The vehicle he was driving left the road. He greeted the police who arrived to render assistance with gunfire. Nobody's knickers are in a knot over this death.
The second death involved a high school student returning home from his girlfriend's house. The policeman's testimony, substantiated by the dash cam, is that the student initiated physical conflict. The policeman first attempted to subdue the student with his taser with no significant effect. The student continued assaulting the policeman. The policeman escalated to lethal force.
|Pictures of Officer Frost after the altercation. Oddly, none of the protesters carried signs with this image on it.|
The parents of the student filed a wrongful death suit in federal court against the policeman (who is just a working stiff), and presumably, against the county (which has insurance).
The money-grubbing attorneys are attempting to first try the case in the court of public opinion, and presumably pressure the county (and insurance company) into an out-of-court settlement. It is necessary to have media coverage to make this strategy work.
|Do most of those signs look almost identical? I bet the same person cranked most of them out. Hundreds, do you see hundreds?|
|The obligatory crowd shot. This looks like 75 protesters, some kids who got dragged along and the balance being curious pedestrians and media types trying to get a story. Images from HERE|
Consequently, we have the classic "Hundreds protest on the Capital grounds" with the crowd estimate supplied by the attorneys but few pictures of the crowds.
Several of the quotes land with a thud.
- "He needs justice." He is dead. He is beyond earthly justice.
- "More people are....voicing their opinion." Justice is not like voting for the Homecoming Court. It is about facts.
- "I hadn't seen him in 16 years, it broke my heart (to see him in a casket)" His grandmother doing the victim-swoon. If he meant so much to her, where was she the other 5840 days he was alive?
I have a sixteen year old boy. There are moments when he is as impulsive and as blinded by tunnel-vision as anybody on this planet. We drill him on how to interact with people in authority, especially people who carry firearms.
In spite of our best effort, there will be times when our kids do stupid things. ERJ's Law of Threes
- Three seconds of stupid can kill you.
- Three minutes without oxygen can kill you.
- Three hours of exposure can kill you.
- Three days without water can kill you.
- Three weeks without food can kill you.
---End of rant---