Thursday, July 14, 2005


Watts, CA: Officer, 19 month old baby injured in shooting (part 3)

It seems that the nightmare we all prayed wouldn't be true has indeed become a reality --- the bullet that killed the 19-month old baby was that of a SWAT team member. As I've been saying for two days now, it was only a matter of time before the usual suspects took to the streets and created their signs claiming the LAPD is a racist organization. Here's the scene so far.
The LAPD went on a citywide tactical alert at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, after two crowds gathered in South Los Angeles -- one forming at 84th Street and Towne Avenue, where a short pursuit ended and a second at 104th Street and Avalon Boulevard, where protesters demonstrated over against the weekend's officer-involved shooting that left a baby and her father dead.
Let's get one thing straight: The only person responsible for the death of this child, Suzie Pena, is Jose Pena, the man who was holding her and using her tiny body as a human shield. Anyone who picks up a child and holds her body in front of bullets in an attempt to save their own pitiful life should never be looked at as a victim. Any group or individual who is claiming the LAPD should have waited to use sharpshooters, or taken another course of action would have been screaming bloody murder if the LAPD had decided to wait it out and let him expel all of his ammo shooting sky-high and at who knows what. This man, Jose Pena, was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, and using the security equipment inside of his business to track the movements of the officers outside of the building. News reports indicate that the SWAT team member who was shot in the shoulder received the injury from a bullet that flew through a wall due to Pena's use of CCTV cameras. When the officers returned fire, the baby was caught in the action and died. It's not the fault of the LAPD, it's the fault of the man who put the baby in that situation in the first place.

Frankly, I don't see how any rational human being can see it any other way without having an obvious agenda.

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