Awful Coverage Of Officer Shooting By The Capital
Crossposted on Annapolis Politics
The Capital, the main local newspaper for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, covered in the following way a recent drug raid in which an officer was shot by the suspect of a warrant being served:
Officers returned fire, and the suspect was killed. Despite the fact that officers took fire immediately upon entering the apartment, The Capital’s front page photo tells the story of the “victim’s” agonizing family. I have a problem with that.
Let’s not forget why this happened. All indications are that the police acted properly–they served a warrant on a dangerous suspect that was engaging in CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, and therefore harming society, i.e. us. Ergo, the first way this could have been prevented was for this person to not sell drugs. Secondly, when the officers entered the house, he started shooting at them. Call me a cold S.O.B., but if you shoot at an officer that is doing nothing wrong, you get what’s coming to you.
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What if the officer had been killed? Luckily he was not, but we send the police to risk their lives dealing with jackasses who decide that the laws don’t apply to them.
What the family has to go through is awful. But a more appropriate picture would have been of the officers, weary from duty, supporting each other and caring to their injured comrade. That would tell the proper story.