Thursday, January 19, 2006

Shooting a Child: Beyond Police Brutality

From today's News-Journal:

"One thing just about all should agree on in the shooting death of 15-year-old Chris Penley at Milwee Middle School in Longwood [Florida] last week, is that something went terribly wrong. A middle school student cornered by himself in a restroom -- even a dangerous middle school student holding a weapon -- should not have ended up dead. Penley was brandishing a pellet gun. He was alone. Speed stalked the succession of events that led to his shooting. All of 44 minutes elapsed from the time a school resource officer was told of trouble and the moment Penley was shot, just when Penley's father had been reached by cell phone by an officer in a separate part of the school." Read the full editorial