Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Kill 'em: We're On a Clock Here, People!

A man described as "mentally ill" was shot to death by police in New Orleans.
Police fatally shot the mentally ill occupant of a federally supplied trailer early Wednesday, ending a nearly 10-hour standoff in one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Further:
Rosemarie Brocato, who lives about a block away from the house, said the trailer was occupied only by Eric Minshew, who grew up in the house next to it. Brocato said she had told police, "He's sick. Please don't shoot him. He needs help."
Remember: we're fighting them over there because...we're killing them over here.

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2 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Maltese Cross said...

The real problem is how he got the gun in the first place. He got a job as an armed security guard, despite the fact that he had a history of mental illness. Plus, the USA Today article he taped to his front window ("Do you have a legal right to own a gun") leaves a lot of questions.

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger MJS said...

Lots of questions: was a mental health professional contacted during this situation? With his reported history of mental illness would it not have been prudent to have some expert assistance? I don't know the answers, but I feel that somewhere a clock is ticking and people die for lack of any timeouts.

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