It is now a basic belief of Fox News and Republicans that charging police with a crime every time they blast away at an unarmed black boy does irreparable harm to the morale of those who guard our lives against crime. After all,if cops have to hesitate before they shoot the only result is that the bad guys will have an unfair advantage over the good guys. Officer Stephen Rankin encountered an 18 year old black boy outside a Walmart who he believed was a shoplifter. Confession time, I was a shoplifter as a boy and stole comic books. I was taken to the police station and kept there until an Irish politician showed up. He talked with the sergeant, and then grabbed me, took me outside and belted me one in the mouth saying, “you little prick, the next time you shoplift I will handle all punishment”
Let us assume Officer Rankin thought Mr. Chapman was a shoplifter.
1. Place handcuffs on him and wait for other officers.
2. Talk gently to the boy and ask him if he shoplifted saying he might get off with a fine.
3. If Rankin feared for his own life, he had sufficient time to aim at a leg. I assume officer Rankin fires at targets and understands that one does not always have to hit the bullseye. Rankin is now charged with murder. I assume Fox News will regard such action as encouraging criminals to shoplift.
What has ever happened to the spirit of Jesus??