I know that there are some of my white brothers and sisters out there who think that I only chase racism when I perceive that there is injustice done to a person of color. That is not true. And my post tonight will show that I detest injustice when it is done to people of all races.
The case about the old guy coming from getting his NASCAR on, and then getting shot by the po po down in South Carolina just doesn't sit right with me.
"During a recent traffic stop in South Carolina, a 70-year-old man was shot after the responding officer mistook his cane for a shotgun. The officer was put on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident which occurred in February.
Bobby Canipe, the North Carolina resident and Vietnam veteran who was a victim of the shooting, was returning form attending the Daytona 500 when he was pulled over for an expired license plate. “It’s a walking stick,” Canipe said when the shots ended.
“I promise to God I thought it was a shotgun,” replied York County Deputy Terrance Knox. The officer is later heard crying while explaining to a fellow officer why he shot Canipe.
Fox News Channel reporter Trace Gallagher reported on Thursday that Knox’s commanding officer said, judging from the dash cam tape, that Knox “did the right thing.” [Source]
I am glad that they took this brother off the street. I know that being a police officer is a tough job, but come on now, you can't go blasting an old head who pulls a cane out; you just can't.
The white grievance society will be all over this one (I see you FOX Views) and they will cry a river that the case won't get enough attention because of the race of the shooter and the shootee (I know that's not a word, but I like it), but hey, they can't blame yours truly. That old man didn't deserve to be shot, and the police officer who shot him deserves what he has coming his way.
Finally, this is not a sexy subject or something that folks like to talk about, but we seriously have to start taking a look at our aging infrastructure in this country--- especially in our cities. If we don't there are going to be more situations like we had in East Harlem a few days ago and like we had in North Jersey earlier this month. (BTW, I think we can all agree that fossil fuels and an aging infrastructure is not a good mix.)
This is something my wife likes to talk about, because she works in the environmental field, and quite frankly, she is surprised that we don't have more of these types of tragedies.
Clearly we have been lucky. But judging from the news reports lately, it looks like our luck might be running out.