Be a cop.
First, this from Conor Friedsdorf.
The cop that pepper sprayed the peacefully demonstrating students in California got about $70,000 in paid leave, and now has been awarded another $30,000 for the “damages” he sustained for his treatment following the incident. Unbelievable. I know, no murder here, but stay with me…
And, also in California, a 13 year old with a toy gun was murdered by police Tuesday.
“At 3 p.m., two sheriff’s deputies patrolling in the area of Moorland and West Robles avenues observed Lopez walking with what sheriff’s officials said appeared to be some type of rifle.
The deputies called for backup and repeatedly ordered the boy to drop the rifle, Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O’Leary said in a news release.
At some point after the deputies told Lopez to drop the rifle, they fired several rounds from their handguns at the boy, who was hit multiple times, O’Leary said.
After telling Lopez to move away from the rifle, deputies approached the unresponsive teen as he lay on the ground and handcuffed him before administering first aid and calling for medical assistance, O’Leary said.
Lopez was later pronounced dead at the scene.”
I see people walking with rifles pretty frequently in my neighborhood. I did not think it was illegal to walk with a rifle. Imagine the pain of the family, and they will have no recourse, and no one will be held accountable.
Just like here in Erie, where a woman died following her arrest back in July 2011. Her family has sued, saying she had a heart attack after being tasered. Cops say no taser was used. Who knows, but it is certain that they arrested her, then she died. She was 29, with young kids.