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Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
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Shooting Sheriffs

Shooting Sheriffs
Shooting Sheriffs
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The day I reached New Orleans, the big news was the police killing of a 13-year-old boy. They had chased a gang of teenage criminals into an empty house. During the search, a policeman opened a dark closet and a 13-year-old boy, who had been hiding inside, rushed out and, apparently, grabbed the cop's throat. The policeman fired, killing the boy. The boy had no criminal record, but his 19-year-old elder brother was a known criminal. He had been chatting with his brother when the police gave chase. As his brother and the rest of the gang ran and hid in the house, so did the small boy. Should the policeman have waited that extra fraction of a second before he fired? He would have then known that this was just a small boy; on the other hand, if it had been someone else, that extra half-second could have meant the policeman's death.

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