Wednesday, February 01, 2006------------------------------------------------------------------------
NEWEST UPDATE: MilBlog has links to the video now. You can find them close to the bottom of the blog entry here: Info and Video at Mudville Gazette They also have more info than I have here.
UPDATE: First let me state that in NO WAY do I downgrade the service of our fine police officers and departments all over the country. Most of them enter into civil service because they want to help people and they do that very well indeed. I am indeed as grateful for them as I am the young men and women that enter into the Armed Services. This concern over what happened in CA a few days ago arises from the fact that I saw the video and I cannot get it out of my mind. I have no idea what went through the deputy's head (or why he did it) when he fired at Elio Carrion. It seems (key word here) to be completely unwarranted, but that is just my opinion. We will have to wait to see the outcome but for now Airman Elio Carrion continues to do well in the hospital.
There have been a lot of news stories posted about this incident since the video was released (by the man that made it) to the news station in the story link below. They are reserving the rights of the video (they paid $5000 for it, which the man who made the videotape asked for the money to be donated to Carrion's wife ... KUDOS to him from me) so you won't find it on the web anytime soon.
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I wanted to do a quick blog tonight and ask for your prayers for a wounded Air Force policeman who was shot three times. The wounded soldier I am talking about just returned from a six month tour in Iraq. Was he wounded in Iraq, you ask? Well .. actually no. He was shot in California by a sheriff's deputy while HE WAS COMPLYING WITH EVERYTHING THE DEPUTY TOLD HIM TO DO !! The latest article I could find about it can be read here http://www.twincities.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/13760694.htm?source=rss&channel=miamiherald_nation .
Updated CNN report here http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/02/01/police.shooting/index.html?section=cnn_latest. They are showing the video on a lot of news stations now. Watch your local news and I am sure you will see it.
Now in this article it says that the video tape (a home video taped by a bystander) was taken by The San Bernardino County Sheriff's department who were refusing to release it to the public. Apparently it was also sold to a local news station because CBS got a copy of it and showed it tonight. I know I am emailing the San Bernadino mayor as soon as I can and asking WHY THIS DEPUTY IS ON .. note this ..PAID administrative leave. If you see the tape ... you will totally understand my outrage.
Let's all say a prayer for Senior Airman Elio Carrion, 21, who last I knew was listed in good condition at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.
I am waiting patiently to hear .. the rest of this story .. but I saw the video so I am NOT favoring the police officer .. he had NO REASON to shoot this young soldier from what I could see of the video.
Semper Fidelis and God Bless you all.
Went over and checked it out...did not see the video. What I am going to say is that at this point, there are a whole bunch of issues that need clearing on this as far as this soldier's status and the like. If he is still on duty, I would imagine that the military is handling it for him, especially if he is just home. As far as the officer involved, again, even with a video, there are a whole bunch of unknowns in this. Let's see what the investigation shows and what the charges involved are before anything.
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all our prayers are with all those brave marines.... who are fighting this NEVER-ENDING war against TERRORISM
america is fighting against the wrong enemy! may god who ever he might be bless them.
Having worked for a law enforcement agency (Ohio Assistant Attorney General's office 4 years) and having both sued and represented police officers, I'll say that the police have the toughest job in the World, bar none.
But they are far from infallible, and the use of video in these proceedings is of paramount importance, as I note in my two recent blawg entries and as you can see on my website, which will have a new short film in a day or two.
I have read that the video is 5-8 minutes long and the video clip being shown is 18 seconds, so I'd like to see what the rest of the tape holds. And apparently the voices being heard are not necessarily just that of the police officer but include bystanders or others there possibly with the Airman. I'll hold my judgment on all involved until I hear both sides and I can see the whole tape.
And yes, police have a very difficult job and critical decisions must be made in seconds...
Thank you for posting that story. If those are the real facts it's absolutely horrid!Post a Comment
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