Homeless man shot in Los Angeles, CA, USA - Justified? FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 28 Oct 1999 20:46:59 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.latimes.com/news/comment/19991020/t000094878.html
FWD  Los Angeles Times - Wednesday, October 20, 1999
     Comment:

     HOMELESS MAN SHOT

A short article (Oct. 13) describes the "justified" shooting of a
homeless man seated at an upscale coffee bar. The patrons having fled,
sheriff's deputies placed themselves within danger and, having failed
to immediately subdue the man with pepper spray, riddled him with
bullets.

Let's change the story. A marauding bear is cornered in a local
coffee bar. The patrons having fled, a huge force of police cordons off
the neighborhood. A specialized team is sent in under the glare of news
cameras. All regular television programming is interrupted. The bear is
triumphantly subdued and returned to his mountain home or the bear
tragically dies. A city weeps.

     CLAUDIA CASTELLON
     Los Angeles

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