A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Monday, July 11, 2005

Why not "LAPD Officers Kill Criminal"?

The Yahoo headline says "LAPD Officers Kill Man Holding Baby."

The story says:

Police officers shot and killed a man Sunday night when he emerged from his home carrying a young girl following an hours-long standoff and opened fire, wounding one officer, authorities said. The girl was also killed in the gunfire.

The man killed was identified as Jose Raul Lemos, and the girl, about 17 months old, was related to him, police said. The officer, who was not immediately identified, was shot in the shoulder and was expected to survive.

There were three exchanges of gunfire between police and Lemos, who was either age 34 or 35, Assistant Police Chief Jim McDonnell told reporters. In the final exchange, at around 6:20 p.m., Lemos held the girl as he shot.
Now, honestly, this man was a criminal. He opened fire and wounded a police officer. It is very sad that the little girl died, but her death is the man's fault, not the police officers'.

Of course, with this sort of headline, the media perpetuates the notion that police officers are bad and don't care who gets hurt. Ridiculous.

The standoff began at around 3:50 p.m. when officers responded to an area in South Los Angeles west of Watts after residents reported a man behaving erratically and aggressively. Lemos fired at the officers and ran inside a fenced area that included his apartment and his car wash and detailing business. He had a 9 mm handgun and a shotgun and was intoxicated on drugs and alcohol, police said.
I think police officers have to do what they have to do. And this way, they save the taxpayers the cost of prison time and a trial.