Thursday, May 20, 2010

Who Takes Responsibility?

Aiyana Stanley Jones is a name that you should have heard this past week in the news.The seven year old girl that was killed by the Detroit Police Department.They were looking for a murder suspect and thought they had the right apartment.But they were wrong.The police supposedly threw a flash grenade through the living room window and shoots followed.The little girl sleeping on the couch with her grandmother was killed.In the news they have told several different stories as to what happened but the only thing that really matters is that a baby lost her life because the police jumped the gun.The person they were looking for was in the upstairs apartment.How could a mistake like this happen?I know that police officers have to protect themselves but at what point does it become to much.You threw a flash grenade into a home in the early morning hours.Most states don't use flash grenades without permission from the police chief.How do you not know which apartment your suspect is in?What will you say to this little girls family?When did shooting first and asking later become apart of the procedure.I am not a police officer but I am pretty sure that is not right.No this didn't happen in Chicago but it could have.It could have been someone that you knew in this situation.A heart breaking situation.I would like to know when police officers are going to start taking responsibility for these type of incidents.They hide behind a badge and get off scott free for taking someones life.We have watched similar stories play out in the news before and we watched the officers walk away.Yes mistakes and accidents do happen but in the last couple years we have seen this happen over and over again.The thing that really gets me about the police in these situations is their cockiness.You have no reason to be cocky.You took an innocent persons life.I should not be able to sit here and name off innocent people that have been killed or hurt by police shooting.But I can.Sean Bell was shoot in New York as he left his bachelor party.Another case where the police thought he had a "weapon".It has even come out that one of the officers had been drinking.They gave a simple explanation.When undercover they are allowed to drink while working.Are you serious?How can use a fire arm under the influence?YOU CAN'T!But all the officers involved never faced charges.Robbie Tolan was shoot while he laid on the ground during a traffic stop.The officers thought he had stolen the car he was driving.It turned out that it was his parents car and he was on his way home.He wasn't killed but his life will never be the same.Jonathan Pinkerton was killed in this great city of Chicago by the CPD.Witnesses say that after he was on the ground shoot one of the officers kicked him.They never found what they thought he had.These are all not cases of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.They need to find a new way of handling these situations because it is crystal clear that the shoot first and ask later policy is not working.Does it take a seven year old losing her life in order for something to be done?I hope that is not the case.We need to hold these officers responsible for their actions.I heard a lady say that we have to be afraid of the thugs on the street and of the police.We are living in a sad world when you start to hear comments like that.Pray for the family of Aiyana Stanley Jones.Pray for all the families that know what this family is going through.
Peace and Love!

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