New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly stood behind 5 police officers who opened fire on an unarmed Brooklyn man, Khiel Coppin, today in a press conference, saying that the shooting was within NYPD protocol. The man who apparently had suffered from mental illness was confronted by police after his mother called them about a domestic disturbance. The police say that he held a black object up to them after pulling it out of his sweatshirt (the sweatshirt part is somewhat disputed), so they fired. Of course, all the African Americans here are coming to the man’s rescue.
What I don’t get here is the fact that the men and women of the law are NOT appreciated. They put their lives on the line every day – and eventually a tragedy like this is bound to happen – but you gotta deal with it people. I’m not saying that the man deserved to die, but he was asking for it. I have known quite a few cops over the years, several of which have been shot – why, they hesitated. When you have a possibly armed suspect and he pulls something that looks like a gun on you – you’ve got no choice but to shoot. If the policy was to wait until the object was clearly a gun, you’d hear a lot more stories where the officer dies, not the criminal. Again – I’m not saying he deserved it, but give these officers a break people!