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  •  Thanks for adding some of the details (6+ / 0-)

    Some folks here have decided that since I asked the question I must have an answer for it, but I don't.

    Since I don't exactly live in an awesome neighborhood myself, I question the desire to have a toy gun around when that's what can happen. I understand it wasn't even Andy's parents who had it (that other family must be suffering too). But kids will be kids and they shouldn't die for making choices like kids.

    Based on what you have to say here, though, I suspect all the parents are in hell now, and as for the police...may have to wait for a legal remedy there, if there ever is one. Thanks for filling us in on what the police are like there, and the shooter in particular. The town police chief was a mentor for me as I grew up, so it's possible I am biased in judging cops. I was trying to not pre-judge them.

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    by tytalus on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 11:15:12 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, I work with future police daily (5+ / 0-)

      in my teaching.

      Toy gun in rural California? Pretty common. I'd wager that these officers had all played with them too, and also, that they were darned used to seeing them around this area since the kids play with them, period. This is all a powderkeg. You'll see how it turns out. There's never any justification for a grown man who is a sworn officer of the law to shoot a child, not only fatally, but to continue to shoot the child after he has fallen to the ground: that is an officer who is too emotionally/psychologically unstable to deal with wielding guns himself. Especially as a 24-year veteran officer with 7 years of field training experience, he sounds skittish. And for that, this boy was killed. A little boy.

      Look at this protest and note the age of the protesters (this is at the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office yesterday):


      Andy wouldn't have probably known he was even in danger. He was reported to have been a good kid and not very familiar with police at all, so he wouldn't have been threatened by them or any such thing. If anything, he likely trusted them. But his self-conception was that of a child. He was not even in high school yet. The man who killed him was a grown adult who had been sworn to protect the community, and who could have disarmed the boy countless other ways. Instead, he not only killed him, but he continued to shoot at the boy's corpse while horrified neighbors watched. Read that again.

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      by mahakali overdrive on Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 11:59:56 AM PDT

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