Trigger happy police

13 November 2007

Coming on the heels of the Italian police shooting of an unarmed man before a soccer game, police shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old New Yorker, Khiel Coppin. According to CNN, Coppin had a history of mental illness and was freaking out at his mom after she tried to have him hospitalized. It was the mother who called the police, Coppin exited out a window and started crossing the street to the police, reports say he had his hands up. They ordered him to stop and when he didn’t five officers fired twenty shots before they realized, “Oh, he isn’t armed…” In fact, he was never armed, he had a hairbrush as he exited the window, and dropped it before approaching the police.

A serious probe needs to investigate the shooting. It seems cops are a little trigger happy, remember the man who was killed before his wedding? He was unarmed also.

Not to mention the slew of attacks by police with tasers on unarmed citizens. Andrew Meyer, a college student at the University of Florida, was asking a slew of questions to the guest speaker, John Kerry, during a Q&A time. After trying to quickly escort him from the microphone, really, before he had made his point, campus police tasered him multiple times. He was maybe being a little obnoxious in some people’s opinion, but he certainly wasn’t doing anything illegal. He only wanted to make a point, and Kerry didn’t do a damn thing to stop it from happening.

Those are only a few of the events that have happened in the past couple years regarding police taking advantage of their power.

Well, I guess we can rest easy knowing that outspoken college kids, unarmed fiances, and hairbrush wielding boys with a history of mental illness will no longer be free to roam the streets.

Kristance Harlow

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