On Jan 6, 2012 I made a post about a 15 year old student getting shot by police because he had a “replica” firearm that he refused to put down when police told him to drop the weapon.
I expressed sympathy for both the parents AND the police. For the parents because they lost a child, for the policeman in question because he has to live with the decision he made in a fraction of a second.
Once again a young teen with a replica of an assault rifle refused to lay down the weapon when instructed by police to do so and once again a police officer responded with deadly force to what he perceived to be a threat.
I still do not blame the police officer for reacting as he did. I would have done the same thing. I do not blame the teen for not having the sense that more years of life experience might have given him.
Where I do place the blame is with a family that did not see fit to raise the child with a moral compass and that now is screaming at the top of its lungs that this poor innocent child was ” assassinated” , or “executed” by police. Bull shit.
I emphasis with the family over their loss but trying to place blame on a police officer who did not have the luxury of time to walk over and examine the rifle the boy was holding to decide if it was a real weapon or a toy simply shows the ignorance of the family.
Let me point a gun at you and you try and figure out whether it is a joke or life and death situation. Idiots.